Don Weis

Highest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)
Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)
Birthday: May 13, 1922
Birthplace: Not Available
Leaving his Milwaukee home in 1942 in hopes of attending the University of Southern California, Don Weis secured work as a messenger at Warner Bros. After war service as a technician in Warners' army training film unit, Weis became a dialogue director at Enterprise Productions, working on such films as Body and Soul (1947) and Arch of Triumph (1948). Hired as a director for Ida Lupino and Collier Young's Filmakers Company, Weis was wooed to MGM by that studio's head man, Dore Schary. His first effort for MGM was a brief sequence in It's a Big Country (1951), followed by his first full-fledged feature, Bannerline (1951). Weis' helming of such lightweight MGM musicals as I Love Melvin (1953) and The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) earned him a brief cult reputation with foreign film critics, though he was hardly confined to the song-and-dance genre. He entered television in 1956, eventually winning several Director's Guild Awards. During his TV years, Weis was busiest with comedy programs like The Jack Benny Show and The Andy Griffith Show, and slick adventure series like Burke's Law and It Takes a Thief; one of his more notable TV assignments was the 1959 pilot film Head of the Family, Carl Reiner's precursor to the popular Dick Van Dyke Show. In the mid-'60s, Weis directed several of the American-International teen-oriented musicals, among them Pajama Party, Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, and Looking for Love (which has earned latter-day notoriety as being the first and last film to star Johnny Carson). After completing the never-released Darren McGavin feature film Zero to Sixty (1977), Don Weis closed out his career with such episodic TV efforts as Charlie's Angels and MASH.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge Director 1981
No Score Yet Zero to Sixty Director 1978
No Score Yet Back to the Planet of the Apes (The New Planet of the Apes) Director 1974
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Director 1966
No Score Yet Billie Director Producer 1965
33% Pajama Party Director 1964
No Score Yet Looking For Love Director 1964
No Score Yet Critic's Choice Director 1963
No Score Yet The Gene Krupa Story Director 1959
No Score Yet The Adventures of Hajji Baba Director 1954
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Director 1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin Director 1953
No Score Yet You for Me Director 1952
No Score Yet Just This Once Director 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Director 1951

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Freddy's Nightmares
1988-1990
Director
  • 1989
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
Director
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Director
  • 1986
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Director
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey
1982-1988
Director
  • 1983
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Director
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Director
  • 1981
  • 1979
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Director
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Director
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker
1974-1975
Director
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Director
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1967
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Director
  • 1974
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Director
  • 1969
  • 1968
93% Batman
1966-1968
Director
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Director
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Director
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Director
  • 1960

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