Boris Sagal

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Boris Sagal
Born (1923-10-18)October 18, 1923
Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died May 22, 1981(1981-05-22) (aged 57)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Years active 1955–1981
Spouse(s) Sara Zwilling (1952–1975)
Marge Champion (1977–1981)
Children 5, including Katey, Jean and Liz, and Joey

Boris Sagal (October 18, 1923 – May 22, 1981) was a Ukrainian-American television and film director.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR (now known as Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine), Sagal immigrated to the United States, where he attended the Yale School of Drama.[citation needed] Sagal's TV credits include directing episodes of The Twilight Zone, T.H.E. Cat, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Gallery, Columbo: Candidate for Crime, Peter Gunn, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He also directed the 1972 television adaptation of Percy MacKaye's play The Scarecrow, for PBS. He was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for his direction of the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and, posthumously, Masada.[citation needed]

Sagal directed the 1971 cult classic science fiction film The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston in the lead role, and The Dream Makers.

There is a directing fellowship in his name at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Sagal was Jewish.[2] He is the father of Katey, Joey, David, Jean and Liz with his first wife, Sara Zwilling, who died in 1975.[3] His second wife was Marge Champion, to whom he was married from January 1, 1977 until his death.


Sagal was killed in an accident during production of the miniseries World War III, when he was partially decapitated after walking into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter in the parking lot of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. An investigation revealed that he turned the wrong way when exiting the helicopter. He died five hours later in a Portland hospital.[4]

He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kennedy, Shawn G. (May 24, 1981). "Boris Sagal, 58, Movie Director, Dies After A Helicopter Accident". The New York Times. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Katey Sagal Trivia". Hollywood Up Close. 2008. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James; Rosen, Christopher (February 9, 2017). "Norman Lear: 'I am worried about Donald Trump'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ Cathcart, Rebecca (November 7, 2008). "Out From Under All That Big Hair". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 41315). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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