Leslie H. Martinson, Prolific TV and ‘Batman’ Movie Director, Dies at 101

Leslie H. Martinson, the prolific television director who is best known for helming the 1966 film “Batman: The Movie” has died. He was 101.

His family confirmed the death in a posting that said he died at home on Saturday, Sept. 3 of natural causes.

A native of Boston, Martinson started his career working for the Boston Evening Transcript before he started working as a script clerk at MGM in 1936.

Over the course of his long career, Martinson picked up over 100 directing credits, mostly for TV shows in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He is responsible for episodes of “Maverick,” “The Brady Bunch,” “CHiPs,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” and many others.

While Martinson only directed two episodes of the wildly popular 1966 “Batman” TV show, (“The Penguin Goes Straight” and “Not Yet, He Ain’t”) he was asked to direct the movie that same year. He would also helm episodes of other superhero shows “The Green Hornet” and “Wonder Woman.”

Martinson leaves behind his wife, Connie Martinson, who is a syndicated talk show host and author.

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