Tom Gries

Director, Producer, Associate producer
Tom Gries got his start as a director during the golden age of television and moved on to such assignments as "The Westerner", "The Court of Last Resort", and "East Side/West Side", a story about a social worker in NYC ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1922 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (30)

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1957 - 1968, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Combat 1957 - 1968, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Helter Skelter 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Route 66 1957 - 1968, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

The Defenders 1957 - 1968, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

The Detectives 1958 - 1963, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

The Greatest 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rat Patrol 1957 - 1968, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn of Fate 1957 - 1963, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1957 - 1968, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Breakout 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Call to Danger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Call to Danger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

The Connection 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Lady Ice 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Truman Capote's "The Glass House" 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director

Journey Through Rosebud 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Fools 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hawaiians 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

100 Rifles 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Number One 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Earth II (TV Show)

Director

Helter Skelter (Movie)

(Director)

The Healers (TV Show)

Director

The Hunter (Movie)

(Director)

The Migrants (TV Show)

Director
Writer (4)

100 Rifles 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sky King 1951 - 1954 (TV Show)

Writer

Mustang (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (1)

Donovan's Brain 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Tom Gries got his start as a director during the golden age of television and moved on to such assignments as "The Westerner", "The Court of Last Resort", and "East Side/West Side", a story about a social worker in NYC, for which he won an Emmy. Other directorial jobs came his way on classic series including "I Spy", the thrilling spy drama "Mission: Impossible", and the kitschy superhero show "Batman". One of Gries greatest credits, however, was as a writer/director on the Western feature "Will Penny", starring Charlton Heston as an aging cowhand. Gries went on to make two other films with Heston, the much less successful "Number One" and "The Hawaiians", based on the novel by James Michener. Later, he worked on films with such box-office stars as Burt Reynolds and Charles Bronson; with Bronson, Gries made "Breakheart Pass", before returning to the small screen to direct the powerfully disturbing "Helter Skelter", about the Manson family murders. During post-production on his last film, a biopic about the boxer Muhammad Ali called "The Greatest", Gries collapsed and died of a heart attack while playing tennis. He was 54 years old.

Relationships

Marla English Actor

Wife

Yvonne Gilbert

Wife

Cary Gries

Son
born on May 25, 1956

Jon Gries

Son
born on June 16 1957

Peter Gries

Son
born in 1947

Stephen Gries

Son
born on November 13, 1952

Alice King

Wife

EDUCATION

Georgetown University

Washington D.C.

Loyola College

Baltimore , Maryland

Milestones

1954

Co-screenwriter "Hunters of the Deep"

1953

Producer "Donovan's Brain"

1952

Associate producer "The Lusty Men"

1947

Talent agent

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