Gordon Hessler

Gordon Hessler

Highest Rated: 75% The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

Lowest Rated: 20% Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

Birthday: Dec 12, 1925

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Prolific German-born director Gordon Hessler lived in England before moving to the United States as a teenager. He got his start in film working in documentaries until Universal Pictures hired him to work on the horror anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." Hessler worked diligently and earned a string of promotions that bumped him from story reader to associate producer to director and finally to full-fledged producer by 1964. While Hessler explored producing throughout the '60s, directing became his true passion. In 1965, Hessler debuted his first feature film, "The Woman Who Wouldn't Die," a macabre tale of resurrection based on a novelette the Hitchcock series had failed to adapt. Hessler built a name for himself in the horror genre, helming such films as the Vincent Price vehicle "The Oblong Box," which centered on an aristocrat whose maniacal disfigured brother runs amok, and the witches' coven tale "Cry of the Banshee." Hessler also directed the stop-motion classic "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" in 1974. Though best known for his B movies, Hessler was also a successful television director, having helmed such popular series as the sun-soaked cop drama "Hawaii Five-O," the superhero series "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman," and the Highway Patrol crime drama "CHiPs." After having served as director on 45 productions, Hessler walked away from directing in the '90s, though he has granted several onscreen interviews regarding his work since then.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shogun Mayeda Director - 1991
No Score Yet 33% The Girl in a Swing Director - 1989
No Score Yet 56% Out on Bail Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misfit Brigade Director - 1987
No Score Yet 37% Wheels of Terror Director - 1987
No Score Yet 25% Rage of Honor Director - 1987
No Score Yet 53% Pray for Death Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Haunted Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From El Diablo Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Evil Stalks This House Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret War of Jackie's Girls Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beggarman, Thief Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets of Three Hungry Wives Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Puzzle Director - 1978
No Score Yet 61% KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Jeans and Dynamite Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Way Split Director - 1975
No Score Yet 10% Medusa Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayal Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitchhike! Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skyway to Death Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Cry in the Wilderness Director - 1974
75% 64% The Golden Voyage of Sinbad Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scream, Pretty Peggy Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Embassy Director - 1972
20% 24% Murders in the Rue Morgue Director - 1971
No Score Yet 40% Cry of the Banshee Director - 1970
63% 29% Scream and Scream Again Director - 1970
50% 37% The Oblong Box Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Shot You Hear Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman Who Wouldn't Die Director - 1965

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Director 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master Director 1984
No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Director 1978-1982
100% 86% Wonder Woman Director 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Director 1976
No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Director 1975
100% 100% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Director 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Producer 1964-1965
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director 1961