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Leo Orenstein (–2009)


He was a writer. director, and producer who created more than 150 dramas for the CBC. He worked for both stage and screen throughout his career. He was also a painter, illustrator, and teacher. See more trivia »

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Encounter Director
The Unforeseen
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Have Figure, Will Travel
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 1976 Grady (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Weekend (1976)
- The Meterman (1976)
 1973 The Starlost (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Pisces (1973)
 1967 Festival (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Yerma (1967)
 1963 Have Figure, Will Travel (as Alan Overton)
 1961-1962 Playdate (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Prisoner (1962)
 1954-1961 Encounter (TV Series) (21 episodes)
- Breaking Point (1961)
- The Vigilante (1961)
- The Long Night (1960)
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1959 The Unforeseen (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Monsters (1959)
 1957 On Camera (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1954 Playbill (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Sweet Larceny (1954)
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Show Show Writer (2 credits)

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Alan Overton

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Personal Quote:

Anything that is the least bit controversial is considered dangerous. The agency men are always worried that some group is going to holler. As a result, real conflicts are missing from TV drama, and instead we have cardboard figures in implausible situations. (from a 1959 interview with the Toronto Star)


He started out writing radio dramas in the USA. He returned to Canada as a theater producer in Toronto. See more »


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