Rod Amateau

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
After starting his career as a writer for CBS radio, Rod Amateau worked his way up the 20th Century Fox ladder from junior writer to test director to second-unit director to dialogue director before finally making his ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1923 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (24)

Mr. Ed 1950 - 1967, 1978 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Private Secretary 1950 - 1967, 1978 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Stir Crazy 1950 - 1967, 1978 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 - 1967, 1978 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

True Confessions 1959 - 1967, 1978 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Gilligan's Island 1959 - 1967, 1978 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dukes of Hazzard 1959 - 1967, 1978 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Dobie Gillis 1959 - 1966, 1979 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

Enos 1959 - 1966, 1979 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Lovelines 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

My Mother the Car 1960 - 1963, 1965 - 1966, 1979 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

O.K. Crackerby 1965 - 1966, 1980 - 1981, 1983 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

The Patty Duke Show 1959 - 1966, 1978 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

Six Pack 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

The Osterman Weekend 1983 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Uncommon Valor 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Seniors 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Drive-In 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wilby Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

2nd unit director(action sequences) (Director)

Where Does It Hurt? 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Statue 1969 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

("The Adventures of Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp in Hollywood") (From Story)

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fall Guy 1981 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

The Wilby Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where Does It Hurt? 1972 (Movie)

("The Operator") (Source Material (from novel))

Where Does It Hurt? 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hook, Line and Sinker 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hook, Line and Sinker 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Border Pals 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Where Does It Hurt? 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Supertrain (TV Show)

Producer

Swimsuit (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (2)

Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Highway Honeys 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After starting his career as a writer for CBS radio, Rod Amateau worked his way up the 20th Century Fox ladder from junior writer to test director to second-unit director to dialogue director before finally making his feature directorial debut with "The Bushwackers" (1952), a Western of interest mostly for the sermonizing in his (and Tom Gries') script, which offered parallels to the political climate in America during the post-Civil War and post-World War II eras. Though he directed another film that year ("Monsoon"), he would not return to features for 17 years, carving out instead a substantial career as a producer-director-writer of TV series, beginning with "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (CBS, 1950-58).

Relationships

Charlene Amateau Costume Supervisor

Wife
Married until Rod's death on June 29, 2003.

Susan Amateau

Daughter
born c. 1946 mother, Collen Gray

Joan Andre

Wife
Married in 1953. Divorced July 21, 1959

Sandra Burns Actor

Wife
Married September 1, 1959. Divorced October 2, 1962.

Coleen Gray Actor

Wife
Married on August 10, 1945. Divorced February 11, 1949.

Milestones

1989

Last credit (to date) as producer on the NBC TV-movie "Swimsuit"

1988

Wrote the story, "The Adventures of Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp in Holywood", on which Blake Edwards based his screenplay for "Sunset"

1987

Produced, directed and co-wrote "The Garbage Pail Kids Movie"

1983

Handled second unit director duties on "The Osterman Weekend", directed by Sam Peckinpah

1979

Produced and directed episodes of "Supertrain" (NBC), an expensive bust of a series

1975

Co-adapted and served as second unit director (action sequences) for Ralph Nelson's "The Wilby Conspiracy", a political thriller set in South Africa starring Sidney Poitier

1972

Produced, directed and co-wrote (with Budd Robinson) "Where Does It Hurt?", adapted from his and Robinson's novel "The Operator"; also starred Niven

1970

Wrote and directed "Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You"

1969

Returned to feature directing with "The Statue", starring David Niven

1968

Wrote screenplay for George Marshall's "Hook, Line & Sinker", starring Jerry Lewis

1964

Directed the pilot episode of "Gilligan's Island" (CBS)

1952

Directed first feature, "The Bushwhackers"; also co-scripted

1951

Served as dialogue director for the film noir, "Cry Danger"

1950

Produced TV series, "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (CBS); also directed episodes

1940

Served in US Army

Helmed episodes of "Private Secretary" (CBS), starring Ann Sothern

Served as producer and director for NBC series "My Mother the Car", starring Jerry Van Dyke

Was supervising producer (and director) for "Enos" (CBS), a spin-off from "The Dukes of Hazzard"

Worked for 20th Century-Fox as junior writer, then test director, then 2nd unit director

Directed episodes of the ABC sitcom "The Patty Duke Show"

Directed and wrote episodes of "Dobie Gillis" (CBS)

Became stage manager for "Lux Radio Theatre"

Produced the NBC variety series "The George Burns Show"

Began career as staff writer for CBS radio

Served as a supervising producer (with Hy Averback) for "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS); also directed episodes of the series

Contributed scripts for the ABC series "The Fall Guy"

Helmed episodes of "Mr. Ed" (syndicated 1960-1961; CBS 1961-1966)

Bonus Trivia

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During his three-year marriage to actress Sandra Burns (1959-62), Amateau was the son-in-law of George Burns and Gracie Allen.

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