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Charles Washburn (1938–2012)

Charles Washburn was born on May 1, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Charles C. Washburn. He was an assistant director and production manager, known for Sounder (1972), The Bill Cosby Show (1969) and Lady Sings the Blues (1972). He died on April 13, 2012 in Memphis. See full bio »

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Sounder Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
The Bill Cosby Show
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Lady Sings the Blues
Lady Sings the Blues Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Uptown Saturday Night
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 1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series) (first assistant director - 4 episodes)
- Haven (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- Justice (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- The Last Outpost (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- The Naked Now (1987) ... (first assistant director)
 1981 Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (TV Movie) (first assistant director)
 1978-1979 Vega$ (TV Series) (first assistant director - 9 episodes)
- The Visitor (1979) ... (first assistant director)
- Doubtful Target (1979) ... (first assistant director)
- Demand and Supply (1979) ... (first assistant director)
- Death Mountain (1979) ... (first assistant director)
- Ghost of the Ripper (1979) ... (first assistant director)
 1974 Uptown Saturday Night (first assistant director - as Charles C. Washburn)
 1974 Winter Kill (TV Movie) (assistant director - as Charles C. Washburn)
 1973 Wattstax (Documentary) (assistant director)
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues (assistant director)
 1972 Sounder (second assistant director)
 1972 Melinda (assistant director)
 1971 Dirty Harry (assistant director - uncredited)
 1971 Earth II (TV Movie) (assistant director)
 1971 Brother John (second assistant director)
  The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series) (second assistant director - 19 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (first assistant director - 16 episodes, 1970 - 1971)
- The Saturday Game (1971) ... (first assistant director - as Charles C. Washburn)
- The Generation Gap (1971) ... (first assistant director - as Charles C. Washburn)
- The Sesame Street Rumble (1971) ... (first assistant director - as Charles Washburn)
- Viva Ortega (1971) ... (first assistant director - as Charles C. Washburn)
- Teacher of the Year (1970) ... (first assistant director - as Charles C. Washburn)
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Charles C. Washburn

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[on his early days in the television industry] When I started at Desilu, there were only three black employees on the whole lot . . . Nichelle Nichols, myself and the guy who had the food truck--who closed it up after lunch and then shined shoes. See more »


Earned the nickname "Charlie Star Trek" for his early work on the legendary TV series Star Trek (1966). See more »


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