E.W. Swackhamer

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E.W. Swackhamer
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Swackhamer in NY, circa 1990, directing pilot of "Law and Order"
Born Egbert Warnderink Swackhamer
(1927-01-17)January 17, 1927
Middletown Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Died December 5, 1994(1994-12-05) (aged 67)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation Director, Producer
Years active 1961–1994
Spouse(s) Actress Bridget Hanley (1966-1994) (his death)

Egbert Warnderink "E. W." Swackhamer Jr. (January 17, 1927, Middletown Township, New Jersey – December 5, 1994, Berlin, Germany) was an American television and film director.[1]

Swackhamer's credits included M*A*S*H, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Bewitched, The Partridge Family and The Flying Nun. Of the 27 pilots for television series directed by Swackhamer, 18 went into regular production, including Law & Order, Eight Is Enough, Quincy, M.E., S.W.A.T and Nancy Drew.

Swackhamer was the stage manager for the original Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He went to Hollywood in 1961, after working on and off Broadway and for national companies as an actor, stage manager and director. Swackhamer received an Emmy Award for directing the six-hour mini-series The Dain Curse during the 1977-78 season.[2]

He was the father of Ten Eyck Swackhamer and Elizabeth Swackhamer with his first wife, Gretchen Shane. He married actress Bridget Hanley on April 26, 1969 and they had two daughters, Bronwyn (born March 3, 1971) and Meagan.[3] He was working as a director on Star Command at the time of his death, of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, on December 5, 1994.

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