|Born||November 16, 1927|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||Film director, television director|
Robert Butler (born November 16, 1927) is an American filmand Emmy Award-winning television director. He is best known for his work in television, where he directed the pilots for a number of series including Star Trek , Hogan's Heroes and Hill Street Blues .
Butler graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he majored in English. He was first in an army band, before his career as a stage manager and an assistant before launching his directing career with an episode of Hennesey (starring Jackie Cooper and including a young Ron Howard)and then went on to direct such shows as The Untouchables , Dr. Kildare , The Dick Van Dyke Show , Batman , The Fugitive and The Twilight Zone .
Butler shot pilots for many TV series including the original Star Trek , Shane , Hogan's Heroes , Batman , The Blue Knight , Hill Street Blues , Remington Steele (a show which he also co-created), Moonlighting , Sisters , and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman .
Butler has also directed episodes for many other shows, including I Spy , Blue Light , The Invaders , Gunsmoke , The Outcasts , Mission: Impossible , Kung Fu , Hawaii Five-O , Columbo: Publish or Perish , Columbo: Double Shock , and Midnight Caller .
He directed actor Kurt Russell in four Walt Disney movies, including Guns in the Heather , The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and The Barefoot Executive .
Butler has won two Emmy Awards for outstanding directing, the first in 1973 for The Blue Knight pilot, and the second in 1981 for his Hill Street Blues premiere.
In 2014 Butler's work was the subject of a career retrospective at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Butler was honored by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2015.
|1969||Guns in the Heather||Director|
|The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes||Director|
|1971||The Barefoot Executive||Director|
|Death Takes a Holiday||Director|
|1972||Now You See Him, Now You Don't||Director|
|1973||The Blue Knight||Director||Television Movie|
|1974||McMasters of Sweetwater||Director||Television Movie|
|The Ultimate Thrill||Director|
|1975||Black Bart||Director, Producer|
|Strange New World||Director|
|1976||Dark Victory||Director||Television Movie|
|Mayday at 40,000 Feet!||Director||Television Movie|
|1977||In the Glitter Palace||Director||Television Movie|
|1978||Hot Lead and Cold Feet||Director|
|Lacy and the Mississippi Queen||Director||Television Movie|
|A Question of Guilt||Director||Television Movie|
|1980||Night of the Juggler||Director|
|1984||Concrete Beat||Director||Television Movie|
|Up The Creek||Director|
|1986||Long Time Gone||Director||Television Movie|
|1987||On The Edge||Director, Writer, Producer||Television Movie|
|1988||Out Of Time||Director, Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1991||The Brotherhood||Director||Television Movie|
|1992||Bay City Story||Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1994||White Mile||Director||Television Movie|
|1998||Glory, Glory||Director, Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|2009||Where Do the Balloons Go?||Director|
|1956-58||Climax!||Associate Director||4 Episodes|
|1958-59||Playhouse 90||Associate Director||3 Episodes|
|The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Director||1 Episode|
|1960-61||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||Director||5 Episodes|
|The Dick Van Dyke Show||Director||2 Episodes|
|The Dick Powell Theater||Director||1 Episode|
|The Gertrude Berg Show||Director||2 Episodes|
|Have Gun – Will Travel||Director||1 Episode|
|Michael Shayne||Director||1 Episode|
|Peter loves Mary||Director||2 Episodes|
|1961-62||The Detectives||Director||5 Episodes|
|1962||Follow The Sun||Director||3 Episodes|
|The Rifleman||Director||1 Episode|
|1962-63||Dr. Kildare||Director||2 Episodes|
|Stoney Burke||Director||2 Episodes|
|The Untouchables||Director||7 Episodes|
|1963||Ben Casey||Director||3 Episodes|
|The Greatest Show On Earth||Director||2 Episodes|
|The Richard Boone Show||Director||1 Episode|
|1963-64||The Lieutenant||Director||2 Episodes|
|1963-65||The Defenders||Director||2 Episodes|
|1964||Arrest and Trial||Director||1 Episode|
|The Twilight Zone||Director||2 Episodes|
|1964-66||The Fugitive||Director||6 Episodes|
|1965||Mister Roberts||Director||5 Episodes|
|Run For Your Life||Director||1 Episode|
|The Virginian||Director||1 Episode|
|1965-66||Hogan's Heroes||Director||5 Episodes|
|1965-75||The Magical World Of Disney||Director||12 Episodes|
|1966||Blue Light||Director||1 Episode|
|I Spy||Director||4 Episodes|
|Star Trek||Director||2 Episodes|
|1967||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Director||1 Episode|
|The Invaders||Director||3 Episodes|
|Judd, for the Defense||Director||2 Episodes|
|1967-81||Insight||Director, Producer||4 Episodes|
|1968||Cimarron Strip||Director||2 Episodes|
|1969||Mission: Impossible||Director||1 Episode|
|The Outcasts||Director||1 Episode|
|CBS Playhouse||Director||1 Episode|
|1970||Then Came Bronson||Director||1 Episode|
|1972-73||The Waltons||Director||3 Episodes|
|1973||Doc Elliot||Director||1 Episode|
|Hawaii Five-O||Director||1 Episode|
|Kung Fu||Director||4 Episodes|
|Roll Out||Director||1 Episode|
|1975||The Blue Knight||Director||1 Episode|
|1981||Hill Street Blues||Director||6 Episodes|
|1982-87||Remington Steele||Director, Creator, Producer, Executive Consultant||Multiple Episodes|
|Our Family Honor||Director||1 Episode|
|1987||Out on a Limb||Director||2 Episodes|
|1988-91||Midnight Caller||Director, Executive Producer, Executive Consultant||Multiple Episodes|
|1991-96||Sisters||Director, Executive Consultant||Multiple Episodes|
|1993-94||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Director, Executive Consultant, Executive Producer||Multiple Episodes|
|1999||St. Michael's Crossing||Director, Executive Producer|
|2001||The Division||Director||1 Episode|
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