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Donald G. Jackson

Multihyphenate, 'Roller Blade' director

Multihyphenate Donald G. Jackson, director of “Roller Blade,” died Oct. 20 of leukemia in Los Angeles. He was 60.

Jackson directed 1984’s “Roller Blade” on his own $20,000 credit card budget; the film was picked up by New World and grossed $1 million. New World then commissioned him to write, direct and produce “Hell Comes to Frogtown,” starring Roddy Piper, in 1987, which was later followed by nuclear war frog-themed sequels “Frogtown II,” “Toad Warrior” and 2002’s “Max Hell Comes to Frogtown.”

After “Roller Blade,” Jackson made a specialty of the in-line skating genre, directing “Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force,” “Roller Blade Seven,” “Legend of the Rollerblade 7” and “Return of the Roller Blade Seven” as well as “Roller Gator.”

Born in Mississippi, Jackson was influenced by comicstrips and radio serials and began making experimental films in the 1960s. His first feature was 1976’s “Demon Lover.”

Sometimes credited as Maximo T. Bird, he also directed and wrote “Lingerie Kickboxer” and wrestling pic “I Like to Hurt People” and penned the screenplays for “Vampire Child” and “Ghost Taxi.”

He is survived by wife Janet and a daughter.

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