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TV director Don Medford dies at 95

Helmed 'Dynasty,' famous last episode of 'The Fugitive'

Don Medford, a director of TV series including “Twilight Zone,” “The F.B.I.,” “Baretta” and “Dynasty” in a career that began in the early 1950s, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. He was 95.

Medford began his smallscreen career helming 35 episodes of “Tales of Tomorrow,” one of the first horror/sci-fi anthology shows, from 1951-53. Other credits during the decade included “Medallion Theatre,” 21 episodes of “G.E. True Theatre,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Suspicion,” “M Squad” and “The Detectives.”

He directed some Western skeins, including “The Rifleman,” as well as “Dr. Kildare” and the WWII-themed “Twelve O’Clock High,” but crime and the supernatural were his specialties, including five episodes of Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” and six of “The Fugitive” — including the famous last episode, viewed by 78 million people in 1967.

Medford helmed 32 episodes of Efrem Zimbalist Jr. starrer “The F.B.I.” from 1965-74 and 20 of the Robert Blake series “Baretta,” in addition to gigs on shows including “Police Story” and “Mrs. Columbo,” before becoming one of the most hard-working directors on ABC’s primetime sudser “Dynasty” in the 1980s, helming 26 episodes. He also directed episodes of “The Colbys,” “Fall Guy” and “Jake and the Fatman” before earning his last credit on an episode of “True Blue” in 1989.

Medford also occasionally wrote for and produced episodes of the series on which he worked.

Born Donald Muller, he had lived at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills since 2001.

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