Post by Mike Spadoni on Jan 3, 2013 13:20:40 GMT 1
American television director Don Medford, who helmed the famous two-part series conclusion of "The Fugitive," died December 12th at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95 years old. Medford's career began in the 1950's, and he soon became sought-out for dramatic series. He directed the two-part conclusion to "The Fugitive" in 1967, which found the main character Richard Kimball, played by the late David Janssen, finally locating the one-armed man who killed his wife and sent Kimball to prison for a crime he didn't commit. The final installment of the two-parter was seen by 78 million American viewers, the most ever for a television series until November 1980, when "Dallas" viewers finally learned who shot J.R. Ewing. Other notable series directed by Medford included "Alfred Hitchock Presents," "The Twilight Zone," "The Untouchables," "The Rifleman," "Dr. Kildare," "12 O'Clock High," "The Invaders," "The FBI," "Baretta," "The Fall Guy," ""Dynasty" and its spin-off "The Colbys," and "Jake and the Fatman." Medford also directed several made-for-TV films, including "The Organization" (the second sequel to the now-classic "In The Heat of The Night" with Sidney Poitier) and the Western-themed "The Hunting Party" with Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen.