James Neilson

Director, Television producer, Photographer
James Neilson served as director for a wide variety of television programs over the span of nearly two decades. His career began with such programs as "Father Knows Best", but by the mid-'50s, Neilson was working on ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1909 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Director (22)

Adam-12 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Bracken's World 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Ghost Story 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Ironside 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Leave It to Beaver 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

M Squad 1954 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Tom Sawyer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Paris 7000 1954 - 1967, 1969 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Flareup 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The First Time 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Where Angels Go... Trouble Follows 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Father Knows Best 1954 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Director

Gentle Giant 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer Magic 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Moon-Spinners 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Law of the Plainsman 1959 - 1960 (Tv Show)

Director

Night Passage 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Return of the Gunfighter (TV Show)

Director

Biography

James Neilson served as director for a wide variety of television programs over the span of nearly two decades. His career began with such programs as "Father Knows Best", but by the mid-'50s, Neilson was working on actor showcases including "The Ford Television Theatre", "Celebrity Playhouse", and "G.E. True Theater" (for which he was nominated for an Emmy). This led to directing a dozen episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and considerable work in the western genre; along with the James Stewart vehicle "Night Passage" in 1957, Neilson helmed such Old West series as "Wagon Train", "The Rifleman", and "Have Gun, Will Travel". His dalliance with the western continued into the '60s with "Bonanza", but Neilson also found time to direct episodes of "The Fugitive" and "Batman", and his film credits at the time include the Hayley Mills feature "Summer Magic" along with the westerns "Return of the Gunfighter" and "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin". He appeared to leave cowboy hats and saloons behind permanently during the '70s, when his directorial credits featured such contemporary crime dramas as "Ironside" and "Adam-12". Neilson's last credit prior to his death in December 1979 was a television movie version of "Tom Sawyer".

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