William F Claxton

An American director, William F. Claxton was best known for his work on the television series "Bonanza" and "Little House on the Prairie". Claxton started out in show business as a film editor during the 1940s, and ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1914

Filmography

Director (22)

Dallas 1957 - 1962, 1967 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Route 66 1957 - 1964, 1967 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The Desilu Playhouse 1957 - 1962, 1967 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Bret Maverick 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1976, 1981 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Bridges to Cross 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1971, 1975 - 1976, 1983 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Here Come the Brides 1957 - 1962, 1967 - 1976, 1981 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Love, American Style 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1976, 1983 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Maverick 1957 - 1962, 1967 - 1976, 1981 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Sara 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1976, 1983 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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The Canterville Ghost 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Detectives 1957 - 1962, 1967 - 1976, 1981 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Thriller 1957 - 1962, 1967 - 1976, 1981 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Law of the Plainsman 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1971, 1975 - 1976, 1983 - 1984 (Tv Show)

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The Blue Knight 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1971, 1975 - 1976, 1983 - 1984 (Tv Show)

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Night of the Lepus 1972 (Movie)

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The High Chaparral 1958 - 1960, 1967 - 1971 (Tv Show)

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Black Saddle 1958 - 1960 (Tv Show)

Director

Desire in the Dust 1960 (Movie)

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God Is My Partner 1957 (Movie)

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Stagecoach to Fury 1955 (Movie)

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Bonanza: The Next Generation (TV Show)

Director

Stop, Thief! (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Desire in the Dust 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little House on the Prairie (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

An American director, William F. Claxton was best known for his work on the television series "Bonanza" and "Little House on the Prairie". Claxton started out in show business as a film editor during the 1940s, and transitioned into directing by the late '40s. After helming a number of films in the adventure/Western vein, including "Fangs of the Wild" and "The Quiet Gun", Claxton began directing episodes of TV shows such as "Yancy Derringer", "Perry Mason", and "The Twilight Zone". From the early '60s to the early '70s, Claxton directed more than 50 episodes of the popular Western show "Bonanza", and, beginning in '74, he helmed more than 65 episodes of the beloved period drama series "Little House on the Prairie". During the '80s, he also directed episodes of "Father Murphy", starring "Little House" alum Merlin Olsen, as well as the popular drama "Fame". Claxton died in '96, but not before revisiting "Bonanza", directing the TV movie "Bonanza: The Next Generation" in '88.

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