Burt Brinckerhoff

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Burton Field "Burt" Brinckerhoff (born October 25, 1936) is an American actor, director, and producer best known for directing the WB television series 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2002; some older works credit him as Burt Brinkerhoff.[1]

Early life and acting career[edit]

Brinckerhoff was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1936 to J. Howard and Marion (née Field) Brinckerhoff. He began acting in stage productions. He acted in several television anthologies in the 1950s, including several performances on Kraft Television Theatre, as well as episodes of Armstrong Circle Theatre and others. In the 1960s, he appeared in episodes of such television series as Naked City, Route 66 (1960), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1961), The Fugitive (1963), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Gunsmoke (1965), and a five-episode story arc on Dr. Kildare (1965).

His film acting credits include The Goddess (1958) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).[2] His most recent acting credit was in Crime of the Century (1996).[3]

In her memoir, Lauren Bacall called Brinckerhoff a "good actor" and highlighted Brinckerhoff's acting work in the late-1960s Broadway stage production of Cactus Flower,[4] for which he received a Tony Award nomination in 1966.[5]


Brinckerhoff directed episodes of Touched by an Angel, Beverly Hills 90210, 7th Heaven, Magnum P.I., Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Another Day, and Newhart. He directed numerous miniseries and movies for television such as The Hamptons, Steambath, The Cracker Factory, and Brave New World, as well as the pilots for Three's Company, PBS/Two Hour Specials, and PBS Playhouse"[6]

Brinckerhoff directed multiple episodes of several television sitcom series, including ABC's 9 to 5 (1982–1983), and NBC's ALF (1987–1989),[1] as well as multiple episodes of several dramatic series, including Promised Land (1996–1997), Matlock (1990–1991), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1985–1987), and Baretta (1975–1977).[7] He directed a number of plays specifically for television, including the 1991 A&E production It's Called the Sugar Plum starring Fisher Stevens and Ione Skye.[8] Brinckerhoff's direction was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1974 for an episode of The ABC Afternoon Playbreak, and for three primetime drama Emmy Awards in 1979, 1980, and 1981 for episodes of CBS's Lou Grant (1978–1982).[3]

Private life and philanthropy[edit]

He married Zina Jasper on December 26, 1959;[2][9] the couple divorced in 1986.[10]

In the late 2000s, Brinckerhoff provided charitable support to the Anchor Center for Blind Children.[11]


  1. ^ a b Brinckerhoff profile at Filmreference.com
  2. ^ a b "Burt Brinckerhoff", Filmreference.com, As Retrieved 2010-12-22
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ By myself and then some by Lauren Bacall, HarperCollins, 2005, page 363
  5. ^ BroadwayWorld.com (search by name); retrieved 2013-10-13
  6. ^ "A Conversation with Burt Brinckerhoff", Friendly Enemies: Maximizing the Director-Actor Relationship, by Delia Salvi, Watson-Guptill, 2003; ISBN 0-8230-7944-9, ISBN 978-0-8230-7944-5, p. 157
  7. ^ IMDb profile; retrieved 2010-08-19
  8. ^ "Television", New York Magazine, May 6, 1991, page 132
  9. ^ "BRINCKERHOFF, Burt", Encyclopedia.com, Retrieved 2010-08-19
  10. ^ Contemporary Theatre Film & Television by Angela Yvonne Jones, Joshua Kondek, Cengage Learning, 1999, page 62
  11. ^ Annual Report, 2006/2007, Anchor Center for Blind Children, page 13, Retrieved 2010-12-22

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