Bruce Bilson

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Bruce Bilson
Born (1928-05-19) May 19, 1928 (age 90)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1955-2006
Spouse(s)Mona Weichman (1955-1976; divorced; 2 children)
Renne Jarrett (1981-present)

Bruce Bilson (born May 19, 1928) is an American film and television director. He is the grandfather of actress Rachel Bilson. He is most notable for his work as a regular director on the popular spy spoof Get Smart. He won the 1967-68 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the third season Get Smart episode "Maxwell Smart, Private Eye".

Life and career[edit]

Bilson was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents. His mother, Hattie Bilson (née Dratwa), was an American screenwriter, and his father, George Bilson (1902-1981), was an English producer/writer/director (born Leeds, West Yorkshire) .[1] His brother, Malcolm is a well-known fortepianist and long-time professor of piano at Cornell University.


Bilson married Mona Weichman on August 31, 1955; they divorced in 1976. They had two children, Danny Bilson (born 1956), a director, and Julie. Bilson married Renne Jarrett in 1981.[citation needed]





  1. ^ Bruce Bilson Biography,; accessed May 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Two Chairs No Waiting 363: Neal Brower Interviews Bruce Bilson 2011 (Part 4)".

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