Michael Lembeck

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Michael Lembeck
Born (1948-06-25) June 25, 1948 (age 70)
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Deutsch
(m. 1977; div. 19??)
Lorna Patterson
(m. 1990)

Michael Lembeck (born June 25, 1948) is an American actor and television and film director. [1]


Life and career

Lembeck was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Caroline Dubs and Harvey Lembeck, an actor and comedian. He began acting in the late 1960s and directing in the 1970s.

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His most notable acting role was as Julie Cooper (Mackenzie Phillips)'s husband, Max Horvath, on the sitcom One Day at a Time . He played newscaster Clete Meizenheimer on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman .

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In 1975, he appeared on Barney Miller in the episode "Hair" as Officer Guardeno. He also played "Kaptain Kool" of Kaptain Kool and the Kongs on The Krofft Supershow from 1976 to 1978. He is also known for his role as Vinnie Fazio in The Boys in Company C in 1978. He was a member of the cast of the 1985–1986 situation comedy Foley Square. He appeared with his father, actor Harvey Lembeck, in an episode of The Partridge Family in 1971.

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Lembeck has had collaborations with the late actor Peter Boyle in both The Santa Clause 2 , and its sequel The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause . Lembeck also directed Boyle in a number of episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond .

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<i>The Santa Clause 2</i> 2002 film produced by Walt Disney Pictures

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<i>The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause</i> 2006 film by Michael Lembeck

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a 2006 American Christmas fantasy comedy adventure film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final film in the Santa Clause film series following The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2.

Lembeck's first film appearance came in the 1968 film Hang 'Em High where he portrays a store clerk with two spoken lines. He later acted in The In-Laws . [2] He directed The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause , as well as the Nia Vardalos film Connie and Carla and Tooth Fairy . [1]

<i>Hang Em High</i> 1968 film by Ted Post

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Nia Vardalos Canadian-born American actress, screenwriter, director, and producer of Greek descent

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Lembeck now works as a full-time film and TV director. He won an Emmy for his work on the Friends episode The One After the Super Bowl. He also directed 20 other episodes of the series.[ citation needed ]


Lembeck is married to his second wife, retired actress Lorna Patterson, with whom he has two children.[ citation needed ]


Lembeck's work has received recognition from the Directors Guild of America, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also known as the (ATAS). [3]



YearTitleCredited asRoleNotes
1968 Hang 'Em High NoNoYesStore Clerkfilm debut
1969 Gidget Grows Up NoNoYesArnoldTelevision Movie
1972 Haunts of the Very Rich NoNoYesJohnny DelmonicoTelevision Movie
1973A Summer Without BoysNoNoYesBurtTelevision Movie
1973Blood SportNoNoYesRuebenTelevision Movie
1975 It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman NoNoYesJoeTelevision Movie
1976Flannery and QuiltNoNoYesQuilt's GrandsonTelevision Movie
1976 ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek NoNoYesKaptain KoolTelevision Movie
1977Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Present ABC All-Star SaturdayNoNoYesKaptain KoolTelevision Movie
1978 The Boys in Company C NoNoYesVinnie FazioFeature Film
1978Having Babies IIINoNoYesRuss BridgesTelevision Movie
1978The Krofft Comedy HourNoNoYesKaptain KoolTelevision Movie
1978 The Bay City Rollers Met the Saturday Superstars NoNoYesKaptain KoolTelevision Movie
1979 The In-Laws NoNoYesTommy RicardoFeature Film
1980 The Comeback Kid NoNoYesTonyTelevision Movie
1980 Gorp NoNoYesKavellFeature Film
1980Dan August: Once Is Never EnoughNoNoYesunknownTelevision Movie
1981 On the Right Track NoNoYesFrank BiscardiFeature Film
1982Goodbye Doesn't Mean ForeverNoNoYesElliott GarfieldTelevision Movie
1987 Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 NoNoYesAbbie HoffmanTelevision Movie
1987 Ultraman: The Adventure Begins NoNoYesScott Masterson (voice role)Television Movie
1988 Side by Side NoNoYesTony MercerTelevision Movie
1988Lady MobsterNoNoYesunknownTelevision Movie
1989 The Dream Team NoNoYesEdFeature Film
1990Joseph and His BrothersNoNoYesunknown (voice role)Short Film
1991 Acting Sheriff YesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
1993HeartbeatNoNoYesTedTelevision Movie
1996Boys & GirlsYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
1998CarlyYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
1999True LoveYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2000The Peter PrincipleYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2000From Where I SitYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2001LoomisYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2002 The Santa Clause 2 YesNoNoN/AFeature Film
2004 Connie and Carla YesNoNoN/AFeature Film
2005Untitled Oakley & Weinstein ProjectYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause YesNoNoN/AFeature Film
2006So Here's What HappenedYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2008 The Clique YesNoNoN/ADirect-to-Video
2010 Tooth Fairy YesNoNoN/AFeature Film
2011 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure YesYesNoN/ADirect-to-Video


2011The Bling RingYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2013HomeboysYesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
2016 A Nutcracker Christmas YesNoNoN/ATelevision Movie
TBA Welcome to Pine Grove! YesNoNoN/AFeature Film


YearTitleCredited asRoleNotes
1970The Young LoversNoNoYesStudentEpisode: "A Simple Thing Called Justice"
1970-1974 Room 222 NoNoYesMickey Kaufman3 episodes
1971 Dan August NoNoYesRonEpisode: "Death Chain"
1971 The Partridge Family NoNoYesMarcEpisode: "To Play or Not to Play?"
1971 Make Room for Granddaddy NoNoYesPeterEpisode: "The Greatest Ear in the Business"
1971 The Funny Side NoNoYesTeenage Husband6 episodes
1973 Love, American Style NoNoYesBobEpisode: "Love and the Mind Reader/Love and the Mr. and Mrs./Love and the Soap Opera"

segment "Love and the Mind Reader"

1975 Happy Days NoNoYesDooleyEpisode: "Crusin' "
1975 Baretta NoNoYesPhilEpisode: "The Coppelli Oath"
1975 Barney Millers NoNoYesDetective Paul GardenoEpisode: "Hair"
1975 The Rookies NoNoYesGene/Maury2 episodes
1976 The Krofft Supershow NoNoYesKaptain Koolunknown episode
1976-1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman NoNoYesClete Meizenheimer39 episodes
1977 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour NoNoYesKaptain KookEpisode: "#1.1"
1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? NoNoYesNick RomanskyEpisode: "Class Clown"
1978 The Bay City Roller Show NoNoYesKaptain KoolEpisode: "#1.1"
1979-1983 The Love Boat NoNoYesJoey5 episodes
1979-1984 One Day at a Time NoNoYesMax Horvathseries regular; 49 episodes
1981 Aloha Paradise NoNoYesJoshEpisode: "Best of Friends/Success/Nine Karats"
1982 Darkroom NoNoYesBarryEpisode: "Who's There?"
1982InsightNoNoYesJ. WalterEpisode: "For Love or Money"
1983-1984 Fantasy Island NoNoYesJoe Manning/Dr. Russ Nicholas2 episodes
1985 Greatest Adventure Stories from Bible NoNoYesunknownEpisode: Joseph and His Brothers"
1985 Crazy Like a Fox NoNoYesAndy FarrEpisode: "Is There a Fox in the House?"
1985-1986 Foley Square NoNoYesPeter Newmanseries regular; 14 episodes
1987 Murder, She Wrote NoNoYesArnie WakemanEpisode: "When Thieves Fall Out"
1987 Pound Puppies NoNoYesVarious Characters (voice role)4 episodes
1987-1988 The Smurfs NoNoYesAdditional Voices (voice role)2 episodes
1988-1989 Fantastic Max NoNoYesAdditional Voiced (voice role)3 episodes
1989 Doctor Doctor YesNoNoN/A2 episodes
1989 My Two Dads YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "I'm Dreaming of a Holiday Episode"
1989Coming of AgeYesNoNoN/A3 episodes
1989 The Famous Teddy Z NoNoYesLandon TarmacEpisode: "Bobby the Chimp"
1989-1990 Coach YesNoNoN/A7 episodes
1990 Sugar and Spice YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Breaking in Is Hard to Do"
1990The Marshall ChroniclesYesNoNoN/A2 episodes
1992 Flying Blind YesNoNoN/A5 episodes
1992 Fish Police NoNoYesunknown (voice role)Episode: "The Two Gils"
1990-1993 Major Dad YesNoNoN/A67 episodes
1993 L.A. Law NoNoYesMitchell ScheinEpisode: "Come Rain or Schein"
1993-1994 Love & War YesNoNoN/A16 episodes
1994 Good Advice YesNoNoN/A4 episodes
1994-1999 Mad About You YesNoYesMr. Shapiro23 episodes (director); Episode: "Two Tickets to Paradise" (actor)
1995Pride & JoeYesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"
1995 High Society YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Family Val's"
1995 NewsRadio YesNoNoN/A3 episodes
1995 Double Rush YesNoYesAngus Black"13 episodes (director); Episode: "Snowings and Goings" (actor)
1995-2000 Friends YesNoNoN/A24 episodes
1996 The Naked Truth YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Man Loses Load While Woman Can't Dump!"
1995-1996 Hope & Gloria YesNoNoN/A8 episodes
1996 Party Girl YesNoNoN/Aunknown episode
1996 Caroline in the City YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Caroline and the Cat Dancer"
1996 Ellen YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Harold and Ellen"
1996-1997 Everybody Loves Raymond YesNoNoN/A5 episodes
1997 Men Behaving Badly YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "It's Good to Be Dead"
1997 Chicago Sons YesNoNoN/A2 episodes
1997 Over the Top YesNoNoN/A10 episodes
1997-1999 Veronica's Closet YesNoNoN/A4 episodes
1998 House Rules YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Pilot"
1998 That's Life YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "The First One"
1998 Encore! Encore! YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "The French Connection"
1998-2001 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place YesNoNoN/A22 episodes
1999 Jesse YesNoNoN/A2 episodes
1999-2000 Stark Raving Mad YesNoNoN/A2 episodes
2000 The Weber Show YesNoNoN/A2 episodes; also known as "Cursed"
2001 What About Joan YesNoNoN/A4 episodes
2001 Inside Schwartz YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Event Night"
2001 Off Centre YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "A Stroke of Genius"
2001 According to Jim YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Cheryl's Old Flame"
2003The 5 Coolest ThingsYesNoNoN/ATelevision Miniseries Documentary
2007 Greek YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Liquid Courage"
2007 Californication YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Fear and Loathing at the Fundraiser"
2010 Hot in Cleveland YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Pilot"
2012-2013 Guys with Kids YesNoNoN/A5 episodes
2012-2017 Baby Daddy YesYesYesDirector97 episodes (director); 35 episodes (Executive Producer); Episode: "Over My Dead Bonnie" (actor)
2014 Mystery Girls YesNoNoN/A4 episodes
2015 Mr. Robinson YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog"
2017 One Day at a Time YesNoNoN/AEpisode: "Sex Talk"

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