George Waggner

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George Waggner (September 7, 1894 - December 11, 1984) was an American film director, producer and actor.

Born in New York City, he made his film debut as Yousayef in The Sheik (1921). He later went on to appearances in Western films. The first film he directed was Western Trails (1938) and his most well-known directorial effort arguably remains The Wolf Man (1941). In the 1960s, he directed episodes of the television series Maverick, Batman, The Green Hornet, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He also directed John Wayne and Oliver Hardy wearing coonskin caps in The Fighting Kentuckian (1949), in which his daughter, Shy Waggner, appeared in a cameo. Waggner's career in film declined in the 1950s, due to the popularity of television, and he eventually moved to television late in the decade. Many of his television credits, such as Maverick Batman and "The Doctors" episode of "The Veil," have his name spelled as "george waGGner." He also directed Red Nightmare, a Cold War propaganda film produced by the Department of Defense and narrated by Jack Webb.

Waggner wrote the film Queen of the Yukon based on a story by Jack London.

His wife was Danny Shannon. The couple had only one child, Shy, born in 1924, and two grandchildren, Sherry and Robert.

Filmography[edit]

Director

Waggner also directed the following films/episodes made for television

  • The Sword of Villon (1956)
  • Destination Nightmare (1958)
  • Jack the Ripper (1958)
  • The Veil (1958)

Writer

Producer

Actor

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