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Burt Kennedy (1922–2001)

American screenwriter and director--particularly of westerns--Burt Kennedy was the son of performers. He was part of their act, "The Dancing Kennedys", from infancy. He served in World War II as a cavalry officer and was highly decorated. After the war he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, but was ousted after one play as an actor for ... See full bio »

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 2000 Comanche
 1990 Big Bad John
 1989 Snoops (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Close Shave (1989)
- Hot Shot (1989)
 1988 Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? (TV Movie)
 1988 Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie)
 1982-1987 Simon & Simon (TV Series) (17 episodes)
- Ancient Echoes (1987)
- Judgement Call (1987)
- Deep Water Death (1987)
- D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1986)
 1983 The Yellow Rose (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Walls of Fear (1983)
 1982 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mixed Doubles (1982)
 1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Gold Fever (1982)
 1980 Wolf Lake
 1980 More Wild Wild West (TV Movie)
 1979 Concrete Cowboys (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Concrete Cowboys (1979)
 1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV Movie)
 1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (TV Mini-Series)
 1976-1977 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Erika (1977)
- Provost Marshal (1977)
- Pilot (1976)
 1977 Big Hawaii (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Yesterdays (1977)
- Pipeline (1977)
 1976 Drum (uncredited)
 1974 All the Kind Strangers (TV Movie)
 1974 Sidekicks (TV Movie)
 1974 Shootout in a One-Dog Town (TV Movie)
 1967 The War Wagon
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1965 The Rounders
 1962-1963 Combat! (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Night Patrol (1963)
- Next in Command (1963)
- The Celebrity (1962)
 1962 The Virginian (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962 Lawman (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Cort (1962)
- Sunday (1962)
- The Wanted Man (1962)
- The Long Gun (1962)
 1961 The Canadians
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Unsold pilot: Produced a pilot for a proposed ABC dramatic series called "Boom Town". It was set around 1900 in a southwestern oil drilling community.

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Z.X. Jones

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[c. 1985, on Kirk Douglas] . . . he's tough, too; the people who are good are the ones that can be difficult. I remember one day we had to stop filming on The War Wagon (1967) to do a special promo film with John Wayne when Ronald Reagan was standing for governor. Kirk at that time was a Democrat; I think that now Kirk is a Reagan man. See more »


He was quite a prolific writer/director, as compared to other directors working post 1960. This was especially from 1964-1976, where he directed twenty movies, seventeen of them feature films (which take much more time than television movies do), writing six of them, producing three of them, and writing three others. See more »

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