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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 October 1923Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine]
Date of Death 22 May 1981Portland, Oregon, USA  (killed by a helicopter blade)
Birth NameBernard Louis Sagal

Mini Bio (1)

Boris Sagal was born on October 18, 1923 in Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Bernard Louis Sagal. He was a director and writer, known for The Omega Man (1971), Girl Happy (1965) and Mike Hammer (1958). He was married to Marge Champion and Sara Macon. He died on May 22, 1981 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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Marge Champion (1 January 1977 - 22 May 1981) (his death)
Sara Macon (3 June 1952 - 1 September 1975) (her death) (5 children)

Trivia (8)

In 1955 he staged a production of the Maxwell Anderson play, "Lost in the Stars" at the Ebony Showcase Theatre, operated by Nick Stewart. Al Freeman Jr. and William Schallert also participated in the production.
He was killed early in the production of the TV film World War III (1982) in a helicopter accident in Oregon. He had just returned from filming aerial shots, his helicopter landing in the parking lot of the Timberline lodge on Mt. Hood (the exteriors location from The Shining (1980)). Preoccupied with his work, he inadvertently turned the wrong way upon getting out of the helicopter, walking directly into the rear rotor blade; he died of severe head and shoulder injuries after emergency surgery 60 miles away in Portland. Astonishingly, filming resumed the very next day with a new director.
Father of Katey Sagal, David Sagal, Joey Sagal, Jean Sagal, and Liz Sagal.
Coincidentally, his work includes the pilot episode of the TV series Combat! (1962), which starred Vic Morrow. Two decades after collaborating, Sagal and Morrow would die similarly (struck by a helicopter's rotor blade) within a year of each other, while shooting a movie on location. For Sagal, it was World War III (1982); for Morrow, it was Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).
Having directed the pilot for Richard Chamberlain's hit series Dr. Kildare (1961), he was chosen to direct the actor in his first starring role in a movie, Twilight of Honor (1963).
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Nick Adams in Twilight of Honor (1963).
Attended the Yale School of Drama.
Brother of Russian actor, Daniil Sagal.

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