TV producer, director
TV producer and director Stuart W. Phelps died Feb. 8. He was 84.
Phelps learned his early skills as a director editing films for the Army while serving during World War II. After his Army stint, he became the first full-time production employee of Channel 2, Los Angeles, which became KNXT and then KCBS. As director of sports and special events, he produced and directed the first commercial Rose Bowl game ever televised.
After joining ABC, he directed the first coast-to-coast show to originate from the West Coast. He was producer and director of numerous news and event shows including the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Golf Tournament, the Rose Parade, NFL games and the opening day of Disneyland. He was also at the helm of Frank Sinatra’s televised world concert tour.
He directed for TV shows including “Password,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “Beat The Clock” and “Truth or Consequences” as well as “Queen For A Day” and “This Is Your Life.”
Phelps was exec producer of “The First Nudie Musical,” a Paramount feature starring Cindy Williams.
He was a past president of the Radio and Television Directors Guild, a member of the board of the Directors Guild as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a charter member of Pioneer Broadcasters.
He is survived by his wife Kay, a daughter, a son, a stepson, two stepdaughters and six grandchildren.