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Leslie H. Martinson (1915 - 2016)

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Leslie H. Martinson (1915 - 2016)

Leslie Martinson, the prolific TV and film director who worked on “Batman: The Movie,” “PT 109,” and “The Brady Bunch,” died Sept. 3, 2016, of natural causes, according to multiple news sources, including The Hollywood Reporter. He was 101.

Martinson worked on more than 100 television shows during his long career.


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Martinson was born Jan. 16, 1915, in Boston, Massachusetts. He debuted as a director during the early 1950s with television Western series. In 1966, he directed two episodes of the “Batman” TV series and went on to direct “Batman: The Movie.”

In addition to “The Brady Bunch,” Martinson directed episodes of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Mission: Impossible,” “No Time for Sergeants,” and “Wonder Woman,” which featured Lynda Carter.

Other TV directing credits include "The Roy Rogers Show," "Maverick," "The Tales of Wells Fargo," "77 Sunset Strip," "Cheyenne," "Bronco," "The Frontier World of Doc Holliday," and "Bourbon Street Beat."

He once said about directing, “If you want to be a director you can start before you’re anywhere near a set. Every time you watch the television show, you’re learning your craft. You don’t watch a show for entertainment, you watch it to study.”

He is survived by his wife, Connie.

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