John Erman

John Erman got his start in the late '50s as an actor, taking bit parts in films, including "The Benny Goodman Story" with Steve Allen and Donna Reed. It was but a prelude to Erman's real calling--directing. He made his ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1935

Filmography

Director (43)

Bracken's World 1964 - 1965, 1969 - 1971, 1974 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Erich Segal's Only Love 1974 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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M*A*S*H 1963 - 1966, 1968 - 1971, 1973 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

My Favorite Martian 1963 - 1966, 1969 - 1971, 1974 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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That Girl 1963 - 1971, 1973 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1963 - 1966, 1968 - 1971, 1974 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Outer Limits 1963 - 1966, 1968 - 1971, 1974 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Stella 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

David 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Atlanta Child Murders 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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The New Land 1974 - 1976, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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A Streetcar Named Desire 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Green Eyes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

Good Heavens 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

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Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1972 (Movie)

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Making It 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Star Trek 1968 (Tv Show)

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An Early Frost (TV Show)

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Another Woman's Child (TV Show)

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Breathing Lessons (TV Show)

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Candles on Bay Street (TV Show)

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Child of Glass (TV Show)

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Ellen Foster (TV Show)

Director

Just Me and You (TV Show)

Director

Letters From Three Lovers (TV Show)

Director

Moviola: The Silent Lovers (TV Show)

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Moviola: This Year's Blonde (TV Show)

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My Old Man (TV Show)

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Our Sons (TV Show)

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Right to Kill? (TV Show)

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The Blackwater Lightship (TV Show)

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The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

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The Last Best Year (TV Show)

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The Last to Go (TV Show)

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The Letter (TV Show)

Director

The Sunshine Boys (TV Show)

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When the Time Comes (TV Show)

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Who Will Love My Children? (TV Show)

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Producer (5)

Broadway Legends 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

Queen (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Scarlett (TV Show)

Producer

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Show)

Producer

Too Rich: the Secret Life of Doris Duke (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (4)

Beach Ball 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ski Party 1964 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

The Naked Kiss 1964 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Anything Goes 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

John Erman got his start in the late '50s as an actor, taking bit parts in films, including "The Benny Goodman Story" with Steve Allen and Donna Reed. It was but a prelude to Erman's real calling--directing. He made his directorial debut in 1963, directing and producing an episode of the short-lived rodeo-themed series "Stoney Burke." He quickly followed this by directing single episodes of two of the better programs of the day: the sci-fi anthology show "The Outer Limits" and the popular suspense series "The Fugitive." Over the next 15 years, Erman would fill his directing resume with dozens of high-quality programs, including "My Favorite Martian," "Star Trek," and "M*A*S*H." His career would take a turn after he helmed the groundbreaking miniseries "Roots" in 1977. Adapted from the Alex Haley book about the lives of black American slaves, "Roots" was a runaway hit, receiving record-breaking Nielsen ratings and no less than 36 Emmy nominations. Afterwards, Erman would focus almost entirely on TV movies and miniseries, specializing in weighty subject matter and serious issues. He has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards but has taken home only one, for the 1983 TV movie "Who Will Love My Children" starring Ann-Margret. The Chicago-born director has also won awards from the Directors Guild of America for "Roots" and for "Early Frost," a 1985 drama starring Aidan Quinn as a young man with AIDS.

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