H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer and director who directed more than 20 episodes of “All in the Family” and won seven Daytime Emmys over the course of a 35-year career, died Jan. 13 of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 89.
Kenney produced hundreds of episodes of soap operas including “Days of Our Lives,” “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital” and “The Doctors” and directed episodes of series including “My Favorite Martian,” “Big John Little John” and “Flo” — as well as the pilot for “The Jeffersons.”
Harry Wesley Kenney Jr. was born in Dayton, Ohio. After time in the Navy, he began his showbiz career at the DuMont Network, where he would helm live broadcasts — as many as a dozen each day. He directed episodes of the early ’50s series “Rocky King, Detective” and he also worked with Mike Wallace on the latter’s interview programs “Night Beat” and “The Mike Wallace Interview” during the 1950s.
Much later he taught at UCLA.
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; two sons and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.