Leonard Katzman

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
The nephew of legendary Hollywood B-movie producer Sam Katzman, Leonard Katzman made his own mark on television, producing some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed dramas of the 1970s. Katzman showed early ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1927 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (10)

Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hawaii Five-O 1965 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Producer

Walker, Texas Ranger 1965 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Dangerous Curves 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970, 1973 - 1974, 1977 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

Logan's Run 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Petrocelli 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Gunsmoke (TV Show)

Producer

Our Family Honor (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Fantastic Journey (TV Show)

Producer
Production Management (6)

Angel Baby 1961 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Crash Landing 1958 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Diary of a High School Bride 1958 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Face of a Fugitive 1958 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The World Was His Jury 1958 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

It Came From Beneath the Sea 1955 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Director (4)

Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Dallas 1973 - 1974, 1977 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Dirty Sally 1973 - 1974 (Tv Show)

Director

The Last Blitzkrieg 1958 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Writer (1)

Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

The nephew of legendary Hollywood B-movie producer Sam Katzman, Leonard Katzman made his own mark on television, producing some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed dramas of the 1970s. Katzman showed early promise as a baseball player, but decided to try his luck in Hollywood instead of the major leagues. After working for his uncle on quickie drive-in features like "The Giant Claw" and "Calypso Heat Wave", Katzmann moved into television with stints as assistant director on popular series like the gritty crime drama "Naked City" and the road-trip classic "Route 66". In 1965, Katzman became an associate producer on the fanciful science fiction-tinged western "The Wild Wild West", gaining his first credit as a television screenwriter on that series as well. After producing the phenomenally popular "Hawaii Five-O" for its 1969-'70 season, he moved on to helm the long-running western "Gunsmoke" for its final five seasons, from 1970 to 1975. But Katzman would wield the full breadth of his talents in 1978, when he began work on the first successful modern prime-time soap opera, "Dallas". Katzman not only produced the show, he wrote and/or directed dozens of episodes during its 13-year run.

Relationships

LaRue Katzman

Wife
survived him

Frank Katzman

Son
survived him

Mitchell Katzman

Son
wrote 19 episode of "Dallas" survived him

Sam Katzman

Uncle

Sherril Rettino

Daughter
played Jackie Dugan on "Dallas" died in 1995

EDUCATION

Fairfax High School

Los Angeles , California
graduated

Milestones

1979

Was executive producer, director and/or writer for episodes of "Dallas" a prime time CBS night-time soap opera

1964

Debut as a TV producer with "Route 66" an adventure series on CBS

Began career as an assistant director to his uncle, producer Sam Katzman, on the movie serials "Batman," "Superman," and "Brenda Star"

Bonus Trivia

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Won the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writer's of America for "The Mark of Cain" episode on "Petrocelli"

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