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Rod Amateau (1923–2003)

Starting out as a radio writer, Rodney Amateau began his film career as a second-unit director before getting a chance to direct his own features in the early 1950s. Not meeting with much success, he soon turned to directing TV series, which he did for many years before returning to film directing in the 1970s. This time his films met with more ... See full bio »

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 1989 Swimsuit (TV Movie) (producer)
 1987 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (producer)
 1983 Highway Honeys (TV Movie) (producer)
 1983 Six Pack (TV Movie) (producer)
 1979-1981 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series) (supervising producer - 30 episodes)
- My Son, Bo Hogg (1981) ... (supervising producer)
- Carnival of Thrills (1980) ... (supervising producer)
- Southern Comfurts (1980) ... (supervising producer)
- R.I.P. Henry Flatt (1980) ... (supervising producer)
- Mason Dixon's Girls (1980) ... (supervising producer)
 1980 Enos (TV Series) (supervising producer)
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series) (producer - 2 episodes)
- The Queen and the Improbable Knight (1979) ... (producer)
- And a Cup of Kindness Too (1979) ... (producer)
 1972 Where Does It Hurt? (producer)
 1967 NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Where There's Smokey (1966) ... (producer)
 1965-1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series) (producer - 30 episodes)
- Desperate Minutes (1966) ... (producer)
- When You Wish Upon a Car (1966) ... (producer)
- The Blabbermouth (1966) ... (producer)
- Absorba the Greek (1966) ... (producer)
- It Might as Well Be Spring as Not (1966) ... (producer)
  O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series) (executive producer - 11 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (producer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Operation Susan (1966) ... (executive producer)
- 3+1=1 (1965) ... (executive producer)
- Bitter Ravioli (1965) ... (executive producer)
- Ol' Sam (1965) ... (executive producer)
- Crackerby's Unfinished Symphony (1965) ... (executive producer)
 1963-1964 The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series) (producer - 30 episodes)
- Moonlight and Dozes (1964) ... (producer)
- Vanity, Thy Name Is Harry (1964) ... (producer)
- Keep Cool (1964) ... (producer)
- Grafton's the Name, Football's My Game (1964) ... (producer)
 1959-1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series) (producer - 147 episodes)
- The Devil and Dobie Gillis (1963) ... (producer)
- The Call of the Like Wild (1963) ... (producer)
- Beauty Is Only Kin Deep (1963) ... (producer)
- I Was a Spy for the F.O.B. (1963) ... (producer)
 1961 Daddy-O (TV Movie) (producer)
 1958-1959 The George Burns Show (TV Series) (producer - 4 episodes)
- Breaking Up the Team (1959) ... (producer)
- La Vie En Rose or A Wife for Christmas (1958) ... (producer)
- The 18 Year Old Novelist (1958) ... (producer)
- A Walk on for George (1958) ... (producer)
 1956-1958 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series) (producer - 78 episodes)
- The Exchange Student (1958) ... (producer)
- The Grammar School Dance (1958) ... (producer)
- Summer School (1958) ... (producer)
- The June Wedding (1958) ... (producer)
- The Week in New York (1958) ... (producer)
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Show Show Writer (14 credits)
Show Show Stunts (6 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Produced / directed / co-wrote a sitcom pilot called "Weekend", about a group of teenagers who hung out at the beach on weekends. It starred Tim Matheson and Ricky Kelman. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rodney Amateau
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Talking about Las Vegas] Usually the reason a city exists is because it is by a river. There's no river near Las Vegas. There is no reason for Las Vegas to exist.

Trivia:

The Blake Edwards film Sunset (1988), starring James Garner as Wyatt Earp and Bruce Willis as Tom Mix, was based on Amateau's unpublished book. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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