Monday, November 28, 2011

RIP Walter Doniger

Walter Doniger, 94, a prolific screenwriter and TV director who directed dozens of episodes of the prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place" in the 1960s, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, said his wife, Susan Stafford Doniger. He had Parkinson’s disease.

From 1964 through 1968, Doniger was one of the primary directors of "Peyton Place," the half-hour romantic drama serial that sometimes aired three times a week on ABC.
His many TV directing credits from the 1950s through the '70s included "Bat Masterson," "Ellery Queen," "Kung Fu," "Lucas Tanner," "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Tombstone Territory."

Doniger also directed the 1962 baseball movie "Safe at Home!" featuring New York Yankee sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

Doniger wrote TV scripts and screenplays, including the 1949 adventure drama "Rose of Sand" starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid and Claude Raines, and "Stone Cold," a 1991 crime drama with former NFL player Brian Bosworth making his movie debut.

A New York native, Doniger made military training films during World War II.

DONIGER, Walter (Walter J. Doniger)
Born: 7/1/1917, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/24/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Walter Doniger’s western - director, screenwrtier:
Along the Great Divide - 1951 [screenwriter]
Cheyenne (TV) - 1956-1957 [director, screenwriter]
The Guns of Fort Petticoat 1957 [screenwriter]
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) - 1958 [director]
Tombstone Territory (TV) - 1957-1958 [director, screenwriter]
Maverick (TV) - 1958 [director]
The Rough Riders (TV) - 1958-1959 [director]
Bat Masterson (TV) - 1958-1960 [director]
Outlaws (TV) - 1960-1961 [director, screenwriter]
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (TV) - 1963-1964 [director]
The Virginian (TV) - 1970 [director]
Kung Fu (TV) - 1973 [director]

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