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Walter E. Grauman (born March 17, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American director of stage shows, theatrical films and television shows.
Grauman lived in Wisconsin and in Arizona as a child and served for 4 years in the United States Air Force (then called the Army Air Corps) before moving to California, where his mother was living at the time. After spending a few years running his own business, Grauman eventually took a job as stage manager at NBC's studios in Los Angeles. During his stint working at the network, he and realitive (by marriage) Alan Armer developed a talent-show type program that proved popular, setting the mold for shows like Star Search and American Idol to follow. In 1957, Grauman turned to films, directing "The Disembodied" for the "B film" division of Allied Artists Studios, which was headed by friend Walter Mirisch. Although he directed only five theatrical films, Grauman had one of the most active and long lasting television careers in history which included work on such shows as "The Fugitive", "Route 66", "The Streets of San Francisco" and "The Twilght Zone". He also reportedly helped to get Michael Douglas one of his first jobs as a lead on "The Streets of San Francisco".
Mr. Grauman directed 633 Squadron, a WWII film about a fictional sqaudron in the British RAF. In interviews, George Lucas has commented that he patterend the "trench run" sequence in Star Wars: Episode IV on a scene from this film. (See the article on 633 Squadron for more information.)
Mr. Grauman is the creator/executive producer of the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards (not to be confused with the Spotlight Awards (GDC) for game developers), which are run through the Los Angeles Music Center. He is also among the closest living realitives to Sid Grauman, owner and founder of Los Angeles' famous Grauman's Chinese Theater, Egyptian Theater and Million Dollar Theater. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Peggy Parker-Grauman.
Plus over 275 1-hour Filmed Dramatic Programs, including:
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