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William Graham

Highest Rated: 10% Change of Habit (1969)

Lowest Rated: 0% Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

Birthday: May 15, 1926

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

William A. Graham built a sturdy career directing major television series and a string of TV movies, in addition to some noteworthy features including Elvis Presley's final film, "Change of Habit." In the mid-1950s, Graham entered the world of television, helming episodes of drama anthology series such as "Kraft Theatre," the proving ground for such other directors as George Roy Hill and Sidney Lumet. He next directed small screen films such as "Swiss Family Robinson" before becoming a regular on popular crime series of the era such as "Naked City" and "The Fugitive." In 1969, he directed Elvis's final feature, "Change of Habit," notably removing the grease and combing down the star's hair and urging him to act more naturally in the method acting style. From the '70s, he shifted almost exclusively into television movies, often directing several per year and earning an Emmy nomination for his work on "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones," featuring Powers Boothe as the notorious cult leader. In a rare late career big screen outing, he earned the dubious distinction of two Razzie Award nominations (Worst Director and Worst Picture) for "Return to the Blue Lagoon," starring Milla Jovovich. He also made a brief return to episodic TV on the hugely popular sci-fi mystery drama "The X-Files" and the remake of the classic manhunt tale "The Fugitive."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 24% Blood Crime Director - 2002
No Score Yet 18% Acceptable Risk Director - 2001
No Score Yet 62% Sleeping With the Devil Director - 1997
No Score Yet 60% The Man Who Captured Eichmann Director - 1996
No Score Yet 20% Beauty's Revenge Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed: A Story of Three Women Director - 1995
No Score Yet 52% A Friend to Die For Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story Director - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Suspicion Director - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Lies Director - 1992
0% 42% Return to the Blue Lagoon Director,
Producer
$2.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Montana Director - 1990
No Score Yet 50% Billy the Kid Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet True Blue Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Street of Dreams Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Enemies Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Proud Men Director - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story: The Freeway Killings Director - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet George Washington: The Forging of a Nation Director - 1986
No Score Yet 69% The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Director - 1986
No Score Yet 18% The Calendar Girl Murders Director - 1984
No Score Yet 40% Secrets of a Married Man Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women of San Quentin Director - 1983
No Score Yet 50% The Last Ninja Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: The Candy Lightner Story Director - 1983
No Score Yet 20% Harry Tracy Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Encounter Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Eagle Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rage Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transplant Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Orphan Train Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cindy Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story Director - 1978
No Score Yet 60% And I Alone Survived Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Contract on Cherry Street Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Minstrel Man Director - 1977
No Score Yet 56% The Amazing Howard Hughes Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perilous Voyage Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Part 2, Sounder Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shark Kill Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sounder Part II Director - 1976
No Score Yet 55% 21 Hours at Munich Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Bermuda Triangle Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapped Beneath the Sea Director - 1974
No Score Yet 89% Where the Lilies Bloom Director - 1974
No Score Yet 36% Get Christie Love! Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Police Story Director - 1973
No Score Yet 60% Together Brothers Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shirts/Skins Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside Director - 1973
No Score Yet 46% Birds of Prey Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honky Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry for Me, Billy Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jigsaw Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man on the Move Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marriage: Year One Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Magic Carpet Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Congratulations, It's a Boy! Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thief Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Intruders Director - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial Run Director - 1969
10% 66% Change of Habit Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legend of Custer Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Then Came Bronson Director - 1968
No Score Yet 19% Submarine X-1 Director - 1968
No Score Yet 59% Waterhole No. 3 Director - 1967
No Score Yet 36% The Doomsday Flight Director - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet William Comes to Town William Brown (Character) - 1948

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7 Days Director 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Director 1999
75% 85% The X-Files Director 1998 1993-1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Otherworld Director 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Director 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes Director 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Director 1973
93% 78% Batman Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1963-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Director 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Director 1961-1962

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