William F. Claxton

William F. Claxton

Highest Rated: 8% Night of the Lepus (1972)

Lowest Rated: 8% Night of the Lepus (1972)

Birthday: Oct 22, 1914

Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA

An American director, William F. Claxton was best known for his work on the television series "Bonanza" and "Little House on the Prairie." Claxton started out in show business as a film editor during the 1940s, and transitioned into directing by the late '40s. After helming a number of films in the adventure/Western vein, including "Fangs of the Wild" and "The Quiet Gun," Claxton began directing episodes of TV shows such as "Yancy Derringer," "Perry Mason," and "The Twilight Zone." From the early '60s to the early '70s, Claxton directed more than 50 episodes of the popular Western show "Bonanza," and, beginning in '74, he helmed more than 65 episodes of the beloved period drama series "Little House on the Prairie." During the '80s, he also directed episodes of "Father Murphy," starring "Little House" alum Merlin Olsen, as well as the popular drama "Fame." Claxton died in '96, but not before revisiting "Bonanza," directing the TV movie "Bonanza: The Next Generation" in '88.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza: The Next Generation Director - 1988
8% 26% Night of the Lepus Director - 1972
No Score Yet 40% Law of the Lawless Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage to Thunder Rock Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Jesse James Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desire in the Dust Director,
Producer
- 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Give My Life Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rockabilly Baby Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quiet Gun Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet God Is My Partner Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young and Dangerous Director,
Producer
- 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach to Fury Director - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fangs of the Wild Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Hunter Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet All That I Have Director - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tucson Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half Past Midnight Director - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fighting Buckaroo Film Editor - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friendly Enemies Film Editor - 1942
No Score Yet 50% The Corsican Brothers Film Editor - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Director 1983-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Director 1977-1981 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Director 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Director 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Director 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Director 1970-1973 1962-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Director 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Director 1965
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Director 1960-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Director 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Director 1960-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Director 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Director 1960

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