December 12, 1925 - January 19, 2014 Gordon Hessler, film director, was born in Berlin, Germany. In 1930 he was sent to be educated at St. George's College in England. At 21 he joined the British Army's Corps of Engineers, Bomb Disposal Squadron. In 1950 he emigrated to the U.S. where he worked at "Films for Industry" making promotional films for industry. Here he learned his craft. In 1957 he married Yvonne Bonnafous and they both travelled across the country to Hollywood. He soon got a job with Universal Pictures' "Hitchcock Presents" TV unit. He directed many shows for Universal including "Kiss Meets the Phantom", "Chips", Hawaii 5-0", "Rich Man Poor Man" In 1964 he became an independent film director and made such films as "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad", "Girl In A Swing" and many others. Since his retirement in 1996 Gordon has lived in northern Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Hessler, his cousin Margaret Gunst and his brother Michael Kahler. He was buried in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn.
Published in Los Angeles Times from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2014.