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John Patterson


Emmy Award-nominated director John Patterson died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles on Monday, . He was 64.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1:00 pm at the Mountain Mermaid, 20421 Callon Dr., Topanga, CA.

Patterson, who was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work on “The Sopranos,” won a Directors Guild of America Award for his work on that series in 2002. He was a DGA nominee this year as well.

His career ranged from directing the pilot episode of “Law & Order,” to TV movies including “Seduced by Madness” and “A Deadly Silence.” Patterson grew up in Buffalo and graduated from the University of Buffalo, then received his MFA at Stanford.

At age 19, Patterson joined the Air Force, where he was a B-52 navigator bombardier for the Strategic Air Command, ferrying nuclear weapons to the edge of Soviet airspace. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963, he, and fellow crew members, flew repeated 24-hour missions, refueling in the air, looping between potential Soviet border Cuban targets. He claimed this experience helped him stay calm demeanor on TV sound stages.

His TV directing career includes episodes of such series as “The Rockford Files,” “L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Providence,” “Six Feet Under,” “C.S.I.” and “Carnivale.” He directed 13 episodes of “The Sopranos,” including every season finale.

Patterson is survived by a daughter and a son.

Donations may be made to KPFK and Pacifica Radio.

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