|Born||January 13, 1951|
|Died||January 25, 2009
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Director, producer, and actor|
Kim Manners was raised in a show business family. His father, Sam Manners (born Savino Maneri in Cleveland, Ohio) had production credits on shows such as The Wild Wild West and Route 66. Manners did some acting as a child; his first role was at the age of three in a Chevrolet commercial. He also watched and occasionally participated in his father's work as well as the work of William Beaudine, Sr., director of Rin Tin Tin. It was Beaudine who inspired Manners to become a director. Manners' brother, Kelly, has production and directorial credits on Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse and his sister, Tana, works as a television director.
Manners made his directorial debut in 1978, directing an episode of Charlie's Angels. Prior to this, he had worked as unit production manager on the show and as an assistant director on a handful of other projects. Other notable directorial credits to Manners' name include episodes of 21 Jump Street, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Baywatch, K-9000, and The Commish.
Manners left his directing job at Stephen J. Cannell Productions in 1993 to work on the television series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. He directed 7 of the series' 27 episodes, more than any other director for the show. He joked that he was the series' "mascot director". He was happy with the work for the series, and felt that it "stretched" him creatively. He said, "It really woke me up as a director, almost spiritually…" and that directing for Brisco was a large contributing factor to his later success as a regular director on The X-Files.
Manners signed on to produce and direct The X-Files in the show's second season at the advice of Rob Bowman, who had worked on the show in its first season, and James Wong and Glen Morgan, who were writers for the show and had previously worked with Manners on 21 Jump Street. He, along with his fellow producers on The X-Files, was nominated for four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Manners was referenced in the X-Files episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" with a foul-mouthed police detective named after him. Following the finale of The X-Files in 2002, Manners directed a number of small projects before signing on to direct and produce Supernatural in 2005.
Death and memorial
On March 12, 2009, an episode of Supernatural, entitled "Death Takes a Holiday", aired. The end credits contained two photos of Kim Manners, along with the caption "We dedicate the entire season to Kim Manners" and a final message stating, "We miss you, Kim."
|Year||TV Series||Role||Number of Episodes|
|1979 - 1981||Charlie's Angels||Director||8|
|1983 - 1984||Automan||Director||4|
|1983 - 1985||Matt Houston||Director||10|
|1985||Finder of Lost Loves||Director||1|
|1984 - 1986||Simon & Simon||Director||5|
|1985 - 1986||Hardcastle and McCormick||Director||6|
|1985 - 1986||Riptide||Director||2|
|1986 - 1987||Hunter||Director||2|
|1986 - 1987||Stingray||Director||2|
|1986 - 1987||Sidekicks||Director||3|
|1987 - 1988||J.J. Starbuck||Director||2|
|1988||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Director||1|
|1989 - 1990||Booker||Director||2|
|1987 - 1990||21 Jump Street||Director||12|
|1991||The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage||Director||1|
|1993||The Hat Squad||Director||2|
|1993 - 1994||The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.||Director||7|
|1991 - 1994||The Commish||Director||7|
|1994 - 1997||M.A.N.T.I.S.||Director||3|
|1995 - 2002||The X-Files||Director||52|
|2005 - 2008||Supernatural||Director||16|
- "IMDB Profile: Sam Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- Hurwitz, Matt (Mar 2002). "Kim Manners". DGA Monthly. Directors Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2010-03-16.
- "IMDB Profile: Kelly A. Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- "IMDB Profile: Tana M. Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- "IMDB Profile: Kim Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- Nazzaro, Joe (June 1996). "Fantasies in Dark and Light". Starlog (227): 70–73.
- Mitovich, Matt (2009-01-26). "Supernatural Producer-Director Kim Manners Dies after Cancer Battle". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16.
- Kim Manners at the Internet Movie Database
- Kim Manners at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Supernatural Wiki entry about Manners with links to interviews and tributes