Saturday, March 19, 2016

Director James Sheldon

The noted television director James Sheldon died last week, in New York; he was 95.

Here is an obituary, from The New York Times

Mr. Sheldon directed a great many television programs over the decades, including episodes of The Fugitive, My Three Sons, Room 222, My World and Welcome to It, Perry Mason, The Virginian, Batman, Ironside, Julia, M*A*S*H, Naked City, Route 66, Mr. Peepers, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, and The Waltons.

He directed six episodes of The Twilight Zone, including one of the most chilling of the series--1961's "It's a Good Life," starring Billy Mumy, as a child with deadly abilities.  

Here is a list of Mr. Sheldon's directing credits, from

I interviewed Mr. Sheldon a few years ago, while I was host of a weekly on-line radio program, and enjoyed our conversation very much.  We spoke about his 2011 book, Before I Forget--Directing Television: 1948-1988, published by BearManor.