You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV director Bill Foster dies at 78

He helmed 'Benson,' 'Full House'

TV director Bill Foster, who helmed sitcoms including “Sanford and Son,” “Benson” and “Full House” over a 50-year career, died on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78.

Early in his career he directed several Emmy-winning programs, including “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Bell Telephone Hour.” In 1967, he helmed the pilot of “Laugh-In,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

In 1975 he won a DGA Award for directorial achievement in documentary/news for “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney.”

He directed the 1971 and 1972 editions of the Primetime Emmycast, did 12 episodes of “Sanford and Son” in the mid-’70s and was a mainstay for the comedies “Benson,” directing 43 episodes between 1982 and 1986, and Sherman Hemsley starrer “Amen,” helming 36 episodes between 1986-89.

He last directed 23 episodes of the ABC comedy “Full House” in 1989-90.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Foster, a son; and two daughters.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

More TV

  • Laura Ingraham

    Fox News Defends Laura Ingraham Amid Calls for Advertiser Boycott

    TV director Bill Foster, who helmed sitcoms including “Sanford and Son,” “Benson” and “Full House” over a 50-year career, died on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. Early in his career he directed several Emmy-winning programs, including “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Bell Telephone Hour.” In […]

  • Netflix Locks Up Deal for ‘Inside

    Netflix Locks Up Deal For ‘Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons’

    TV director Bill Foster, who helmed sitcoms including “Sanford and Son,” “Benson” and “Full House” over a 50-year career, died on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. Early in his career he directed several Emmy-winning programs, including “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Bell Telephone Hour.” In […]

  • The End of the F***ing World

    'Little Boy Blue,' 'La Casa De Papel' Win Drama Prizes at Monte Carlo TV Festival

    TV director Bill Foster, who helmed sitcoms including “Sanford and Son,” “Benson” and “Full House” over a 50-year career, died on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. Early in his career he directed several Emmy-winning programs, including “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Bell Telephone Hour.” In […]

  • KIERSTEN ROBINSON

    Kiersten Robinson Named Universal TV Senior VP, Current Programming

    TV director Bill Foster, who helmed sitcoms including “Sanford and Son,” “Benson” and “Full House” over a 50-year career, died on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. Early in his career he directed several Emmy-winning programs, including “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Bell Telephone Hour.” In […]

  • Gayle King

    TV Anchors Fight to Stay Objective in Coverage of Family Separation at Border

    TV director Bill Foster, who helmed sitcoms including “Sanford and Son,” “Benson” and “Full House” over a 50-year career, died on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. Early in his career he directed several Emmy-winning programs, including “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Bell Telephone Hour.” In […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content