‘Magnum Force’ Director Ted Post Dies at 95

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Ted Post, who directed numerous early TV shows as well as Clint Eastwood features “Hang ’em High” and “Magnum Force,” died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 95.

He also directed more than 20 series of the Eastwood starring Western “Rawhide.”

Throughout the 1950s and 60s he helmed TV series starting with “Danger” in 1950, and going on to series including “Perry Mason,” “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke.”

In the 1960s, he directed episodes of “Twilight Zone,” “The Defenders,” “Combat!” and “Peyton Place.”

The 1973 film “Magnum Force” was the first of the “Dirty Harry” sequels. Post also helmed features “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “The Harrad Experiment” and “Go Tell the Spartans,” as well as the TV series “Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II” and the 1986 TV movie of “Stagecoach.”

Born in Brooklyn, Post was a theater usher before studying acting, but then moved into directing, starting onstage.

He is survived by his wife Thelma, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles.

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  1. Terry Del Fuego says:

    Not to forget his cult psycho-thriller THE BABY (1973) with Ruth Roman, Anjanette Comer, Mariana Hill and Suzanne Zenor.

  2. Nadine Bass says:

    One of kindest, smartest and loveable Directors I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Anyone who did knew how lucky they were. Thank You for sharing your wealth of knowledge, you will be missed.

  3. JOE S HILL says:

    Ted Post will be seriously missed-this director was absolutely THE BEST! he directed Chuck Norris
    in Mar Vista’s 1977 action thriller “GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK”,and even directed episodes of the
    CBS Saturday morning TV series “ARK II” from Filmation Associates in 1976. his work on Clint Eastwood’s first American Western flick “HANG EM’ HIGH” for United Artists in 1968,was also one of his
    better films,as was “MAGNUM FORCE”,arguably the finest,in the “Dirty Harry” Franchise. may this talented man truely Rest in Peace!

    • Frank W says:

      I loved GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK and MAGNUM FORCE. Both just good ol’ fashioned entertainments. As well, he did honourable work on Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

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