Michael Nankin

Michael Nankin began his Hollywood career in the early '80s with the short film "Gravity" and has since become a sought-after television writer, director, and producer. His writing career got an early boost from the ... Read more »
Born: 12/26/1955

Filmography

Director (34)

Hell on Wheels 2012, 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Exorcist 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Last Ship 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Van Helsing 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Black Sails 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Blood & Oil 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Complications 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Defiance 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Killjoys 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Picket Fences 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Mentalist 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Witches of East End 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Alphas 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Heroes 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Trauma 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Battlestar Galactica 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Flash Forward 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Break-In 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Eureka 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Island Heat: Break-In 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

The Dresden Files 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Invasion 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Agency 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

American Gothic 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Moloney 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Matt Waters 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

The Monroes 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

Midnight Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Junior High School 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Faction: Origins (TV Show)

Director
Writer (7)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Protector 2011 (Tv Show)

Story By

Flipper: The New Adventures 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Writer

Gate II 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Russkies 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gate 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Midnight Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

L.A. Doctors 1994 - 2001, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Roar 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Midnight Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Michael Nankin began his Hollywood career in the early '80s with the short film "Gravity" and has since become a sought-after television writer, director, and producer. His writing career got an early boost from the minor horror film "The Gate," starring Stephen Dorff as a young boy who accidentally opens a portal to Hell, and "Russkies," about three young Army brats who, at the height of the Cold War, stumble upon a shipwrecked Russian soldier. As Nankin transitioned to television in the '90s, he landed writing jobs on several popular series, most notably the family drama "Life Goes On" and the medical drama "Chicago Hope," also serving as a producer on both of the critically-acclaimed series. His directing career followed a similar path; after helming the cult Disney comedy "Midnight Madness," about a group of college students who stay up all night in a city-wide scavenger hunt, Nankin switched to TV and directed numerous episodes of "Life Goes On," as well as the sci-fi series "Battlestar Galactica" and "Caprica," which deal with the run up to (and consequences of) a worldwide war between humans and artifically intelligent robots known as Cylons. Nankin has also served as producer on numerous TV shows, including David E. Kelly's eccentric "Picket Fences" and "Roar," a medieval action series that starred a young Heath Ledger as a wandering Irish warrior who inspires the Celts to overthrow their Roman rulers.

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