Lonnie D’Orsa, 96, director of silent-era films, and later a television director, died July 24 in Beverly Hills.
D’Orsa began his career after serving in World War I as an assistant to Mack Sennett, writing and directing two-reel silent films.
He was a production executive on over 185 major motion pictures including “Hold Back the Dawn,””For Whom the Bell Tolls,””Pride of the Yankees,””Kings Row ,””Saratoga Trunk,””Limelight,””Goodbye, Mr. Chips” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”
He also made 75 episodes of the first medical series on television, “Medic,” and 60 episodes of “Court of Last Resort,” as well as many TV pilots.
D’Orsa married dancer and rockette Florence Green, in Egypt in the early 1930 s. At that time he was working for 20th Century Fox in Europe.
Survived by his wife.