Patrick R Norris
From comedy to drama to sci-fi to action, television director Patrick Norris has worked in just about every genre imaginable. But the eclectic TV man actually got his start in both the wardrobe and costume departments. Norris worked in those capacities throughout the 1980s (and partly into the '90s), helping design costumes for the romantic drama "thirtysomething" and working in the wardrobe department for numerous episodes of the Golden Globe-winning drama "My So-Called Life"--but in 1994, he made his directorial debut with an episode of the hit coming-of-age drama "Party of Five". Throughout the decade, Norris continued to find work on an assortment of hugely popular programs, including the action-adventure "Xena: Warrior Princess" and the crime-drama "Nash Bridges", but most of these gigs were of the single-episode variety. However, as his resume continued to build (and as the '90s turned into the 2000s), Norris started landing jobs that spanned multiple episodes. Though some of these programs weren't exactly critical smashes (especially the Pamela Anderson-starring crime-comedy "V.I.P.", Norris still proved himself unafraid to tackle any style or subject. He found quality directing stints on shows like the sci-fi mystery "Roswell", the teen drama "The O.C.", the sports drama "Friday Night Lights", and the quirky action-comedy "Chuck".