Gary Nelson (director)

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Gary Nelson
Born 1934 (age 79–80)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Film director, television director

Gary Nelson (born 1934 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television and film director. He has directed many well-known television series, including Gunsmoke, The Patty Duke Show, Gilligan's Island and Happy Days among dozens of others. In addition, Nelson has directed five feature films, including two for Walt Disney Pictures, and many television movies, including "Murder in Coweta County" starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.

In 1978, Nelson was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directoral Achievement for Washington: Behind Closed Doors.

He was married to actress Judi Meredith, who died in April 2014, and has two sons.

Nelson has semi-retired, but continues to occasionally teach at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

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