Robert Butler

Producer, Director
Although Robert Butler is probably best known for his television work on the cult science-fiction show "Star Trek" (he directed the original pilot "The Cage" and the two-part "Menagerie"), he is also fondly remembered ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1927 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Director (51)

Ben Casey 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Columbo 1959 - 1978, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii Five-O 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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I Spy 1961 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Mission: Impossible 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Sirens 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Defenders 1961 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Detectives 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Dick Powell Show 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Division 1961 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Fugitive 1959 - 1977, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Invaders 1959 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Untouchables 1959 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Waltons 1959 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Turbulence 1997 (Movie)

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Deadline 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Mrs. G. Goes To College 1961 - 1971, 1980 - 1988, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The Brotherhood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Hill Street Blues 1965 - 1971, 1980 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Hogan's Heroes 1965 - 1971, 1980 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Out on a Limb 1965 - 1971, 1980 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Remington Steele 1965 - 1971, 1980 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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On the Edge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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One Night Band 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Up the Creek 1983 (Movie)

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Night of the Juggler 1980 (Movie)

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Hot Lead and Cold Feet 1978 (Movie)

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In the Glitter Palace 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Dark Victory 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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James Dean 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Black Bart 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Doc Elliot 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Ultimate Thrill 1973 (Movie)

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Death Takes a Holiday 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Now You See Him, Now You Don't 1972 (Movie)

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Scandalous John 1971 (Movie)

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes 1970 (Movie)

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The Barefoot Executive 1969 (Movie)

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Guns in the Heather 1968 (Movie)

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Star Trek 1966 (Tv Show)

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A Question of Guilt (TV Show)

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Concrete Beat (TV Show)

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Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (TV Show)

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Long Time Gone (TV Show)

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Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Show)

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Out of Time (TV Show)

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Strange New World (TV Show)

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White Mile (TV Show)

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Writer (1)

Profiles 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Producer (1)

Midnight Caller (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Although Robert Butler is probably best known for his television work on the cult science-fiction show "Star Trek" (he directed the original pilot "The Cage" and the two-part "Menagerie"), he is also fondly remembered by nostalgic moviegoers for his two live-action Walt Disney movies, "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" and "The Barefoot Detective", both starring a teenage Kurt Russell. Butler also directed the Disney comedy/western film "Hot Lead and Cold Feet", starring Don Knotts and Darren McGavin. But his legacy as a director resides with the many television shows he has worked on, with some of the most notable ones including the gloriously campy "Batman" of the 1960s, the original "The Untouchables", two episodes of the celebrated suspense anthology "The Twilight Zone" (the racially charged "The Encounter" and the ventriloquist shocker "Caesar and Me"), and the original versions of such enduring franchises as the "The Fugitive" and "Mission: Impossible". Although the '60s and '70s were his true heyday, Butler enjoyed an'80s success or two as well, including the seminal gritty cop show "Hill Street Blues". As the turn of the new millennium approached and and went by, the director's television efforts became increasingly more sporadic and he took to helming such occasional feature films as the white-knuckle airplane triller "Turbulence".

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