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Ted Newsom (b. December 3, 1952) is an American writer, director, producer and actor.
Son of Vernon and Patricia Newsom; grew up in Portland, OR, Spokane, WA and the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles; served in the US Army 1972-75 as a corpsman and surgical assistant in Heidelberg, Germany. While in the military, he attended the University of Maryland extension; later, Portland State University, then moved to California, attending UCLA extension classes, graduating from LA Pierce College with an AA, and further study at California State University at Northridge, where his teachers included Lucille Ball, director Sidney Salkow and producer Ben Brady.
Freelancing for magazines and newspapers led him to magazine editing jobs. With John Brancato, Newsom co-wrote The Un-Official NFL Players Handbook, a humor book for Simon & Schuster. The team then collaborated on several screenplays of Marvel Comics characters: Sgt. Fury, Spider-Man, and The Sub-Mariner, working with Stan Lee on these adaptations.
Active in the WGA strike in 1988, Newsom segued into directing and producing video documentaries, notably Flesh and Blood, Ed Wood-- Look Back in Angora, about legendary B-movie maker Ed Wood, and video biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley. He has served as associate producer on several soundtrack releases of the film music of Ronald Stein, such as Not of This Earth and It Conquered the World. He has provided film commentary on a number of DVD releases, notably The Devil Bat with Bela Lugosi, Jr., Day the Earth Caught Fire and Hell is a City with Val Guest, and his own production "The Naked Monster, with director Wayne Berwick. He wrote and directed Cinemaker, for Charles Band, a video primer on low-budget film production.
He appeared on stage in the musical 1776 in Germany, and a Marx Brothers' parody of Hamlet, entitled A Night in Elsinore. He has done voice-over narration and appeared on-screen in films by Fred Olen Ray, J.R. Bookwalter, and Ron Ford.
With John Brancato, Newsom wrote the original screenplay of Spider-Man in 1984, subsequently rewritten by Barney Cohen and polished by "Joseph Goldman" (aka Menahem Golan). Interim screenwriters (1985-87) included Ethan Wiley, Frank LaLoggia, and Neil Ruttenberg. A 1993 draft of this script, available on line, also credits James Cameron, although the text itself is identical to a 1987 draft without Cameron's name.
Newsom and many of the other writers on that long-aborning project objected to the award of sole credit to David Koepp without an arbitration or examination of any of the scripts, and a protracted dispute with the WGA and Sony-Columbia Pictures ensued. Newsom filed a WLRB complaint on their collective behalf and a subsequent unilateral lawsuit. Presumably the situation was amicably resolved.
Newsom was the last director to team the British horror stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. He wrote, directed and produced the 1994 documentary Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror, which the English actors co-narrated. The program was broadcast on the BBC] four days before Cushing died.
Newsom has directed Tab Hunter, Kenneth Tobey, John Agar, Raquel Welch, Margaret O'Brian, Jack Palance, Jack Larson, Linnea Quigley, and Brinke Stevens, with whom he has also written several screenplays (e.g., Teenage Exorcist, Wild Spirit).
Newsom is sometimes credited as Richmond Reed or Reed Richmond, references to a stage name used by John Carradine, whom Newsom "directed" post-humously, two years after the actor's death, in a film for Fred Olen Ray. Occasionally he is confused with Ted Newsome, a noted skateboard writer, photographer and video producer, and/or another "Ted Newsom," a Utah-based videographer and editor who goes by the name of "The Rose Phantom."
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