Saturday, September 28, 2013

RIP William A. Graham


Veteran TV and film director
 
William A. Graham, 87, a veteran television and film director whose TV movie and
miniseries credits include "The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer," "Elvis and the
Colonel: The Untold Story," "The Man Who Captured Eichmann" and "Guyana Tragedy:
The Story of Jim Jones," died Sept. 12 of complications from pneumonia,
according to his wife, Janet.
 
Graham also directed Elvis Presley's last film, 1969's "Change of Habit." His
other film credits include "Return to the Blue Lagoon" (1991) and "Where the
Lilies Bloom" (1974).
 
Born May 15, 1926, in New York City, Graham served in the Navy and attended Yale
University. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and in the
mid-1950s began directing segments of TV anthology programs including "Kraft
Theatre" and "Omnibus."
 
He directed the pilots of "The Big Valley" (1965) and "Police Story" (1973) in a
long and prolific career working in episodic TV series. His dozens of directing
credits include "Naked City," "12 O'Clock High," "The FBI" and "The Fugitive" in
the 1960s and "The X-Files" in the 1990s.
 
A longtime resident of Malibu, Graham was an avid sailor.
 
 
GRAHAM, William A.
Born: 5/15/1926, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/12/2013, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

 
William A. Graham’s westerns – director:
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963
The Virginian (TV) – 1963
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965
Waterhole #3 – 1967
The Intruders (TV) – 1970
Cry for Me, Billy – 1972
Harry Tracy, Desperado – 1982
The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (TV) – 1986
Billy the Kid (TV) – 1989
Montana (TV) - 1990

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