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Ernest Pintoff

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Birthday: Dec 15, 1931

Birthplace: Watertown, Connecticut, USA

A director who also wrote, produced, and composed music, Ernie Pintoff won an Oscar for his animated short film "The Critic." Pintoff was a jazz trumpeter who also taught painting at Michigan State University. He wrote and directed the short animated film "Flebus" in 1957 and then collaborated with comedian Carl Reiner on the animated short "The Violinist" in 1959, a film which earned a British BAFTA nomination. After two other shorts, he directed a story written and voiced by humorist Mel Brooks. "The Critic" earned the pair the 1964 Oscar. Subsequently, he moved into television and feature films, directing documentaries for the show "NBC Experiment in Television," the comedy "Dynamite Chicken," and the thriller "Who Killed Mary Whats'ername." For the rest of the 1970s he directed more conventional network TV fare, like the mystery show "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Bionic Woman." In the 1980s, he directed several episodes of the primetime soap "Knots Landing," and for his final assignment, directed a 1985 episode of the adventure show "MacGyver."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 59% St. Helens Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lunch Wagon Girls Director - 1980
No Score Yet 20% Lunch Wagon Director - 1980
No Score Yet 13% Jaguar Lives! Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Human Feelings Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blade Director - 1973
No Score Yet 63% Dynamite Chicken Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed Mary What's 'er Name? Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harvey Middleman, Fireman Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critic Director,
Producer
- 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Violinist Director,
Producer,
Original Music
- 1959

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 93% MacGyver Director 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Director 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Director 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Director 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Director 1977-1978 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Director 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Director 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Director 1975

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