Leslie H. Martinson

Leslie H. Martinson

Highest Rated: 78% Batman (1966)

Lowest Rated: 33% Fathom (1967)

Birthday: Jan 16, 1915

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The irony of television is that some of the names whose work has been most watched by audiences are recognized by name only within the industry. Consider Leslie H. Martinson, who began his career as a feature film script supervisor, then beginning in the early 1950's, put together a staggering four-decade run as a consistently employed TV director. During his first decade, he worked on all manner of programs including the Double R Ranch western "The Roy Rogers Show"; "The Mickey Rooney Show" with Mickey Rooney taking on the role of the young page Mickey Mulligan, eager to become a successful actor; and the government agent posed as a gun salesman western "Colt .45." From there, it was everything from the action western with fancily clad gamblers that is "Maverick" and the elite covert operations "Mission: Impossible" to the adventures of two motorcycle highway patrol officers in "CHiPS" and the desire granting "Fantasy Island." He finally put away the director's chair in 1989 after multiple episodes of the family series "Small Wonder." Another confirmation of Martinson's workmanlike flair is the fact that he barely graced the awards stage during his long career. A Golden Boot Award in 2006 in recognition of his contributions to TV westerns and a Golden Gryphon in the early 1970's from Italy's obscure Giffoni Film Festival are all the Boston native has to show for his many and varied small screen accomplishments.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins Director - 1984
No Score Yet 60% The Kid With the 200 I.Q. Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid With the Broken Halo Director - 1982
No Score Yet 46% Rescue From Gilligan's Island Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cruise Missile Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Angola Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet And Millions Will Die Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Steal an Airplane Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Only One Day Left Before Tomorrow Director - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Mrs. Pollifax: Spy Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day Before Tomorrow Director - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challengers Director - 1970
33% 41% Fathom Director - 1967
78% 62% Batman Director - 1966
No Score Yet 17% For Those Who Think Young Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet F.B.I. Code 98 Director - 1964
64% 53% PT 109 Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Gold Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lad: A Dog Director - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Rod Rumble Director - 1957
No Score Yet 38% Hot Rod Girl Director - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Atomic Kid Director - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Director 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Director 1983 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Director 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Director 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Director 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Director 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Director 1974-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Director 1974-1975
78% No Score Yet The Brady Bunch Director 1973 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Director 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Director 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Director 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Director 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Green Hornet Director 1966
93% 78% Batman Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Director 1962 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Director 1960 1956-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Director 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lawman Director 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Roy Rogers Show Director 1956 1953-1954

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