Daniel Sackheim

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Daniel Sackheim
Born United States
Occupation Film director, television producer, television director
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Leslie Sackheim
Children 2
Parent(s) William Sackheim
JoAnne Cohen Sackheim
Website danielsackheim.com

Daniel Sackheim is an American television and film director, producer and photographer. Sackheim has produced and directed for The X-Files, Law & Order, House and NYPD Blue and is currently working as a director on The Walking Dead and The Americans. He has won a Primetime Emmy Award as a director and been nominated twice for his work as a producer. Sackheim directed the third and fourth episodes of the sixth season of Game of Thrones.

Life and career[edit]

Daniel Sackheim was born to a Jewish family[1] the son of screenwriter William Sackheim and his wife JoAnne (née Cohen).[2] His brother Drew Sackheim is a fashion photographer.[3][4] He is married to Leslie Sackheim; they have two children, Josh and Emma, and live in Encino, California.[2]

Sackheim's career began with a role as an assistant film editor on the 1984 John Cassavetes film Love Streams,[5] before he found work as a music supervisor and associate producer on the NBC series Miami Vice.[6]

Sackheim's first time as a director was on "Mushrooms", a 1991 episode from the premiere season of the television series Law & Order. Sackheim later went on to produce the pilot episode of The X-Files and direct the pilot episode of Harsh Realm. Sackheim also served as an executive producer for the 2005 series Night Stalker, a remake of the 1970s series Kolchak: The Night Stalker;[5] and again as executive producer for the 2012 series The Finder.[7] Sackheim directed the pilot episode of NBC's Hawaii and the television films Homeland Security and The Lottery.[5][8] Sackheim made his feature film directing debut on 2001's The Glass House, which was poorly received by reviewers.[9]

From 2010 Sackheim has directed a number of episodes of high rating AMC series The Walking Dead, and since 2013 has also worked as a producer on FX series The Americans which was listed in the American Film Institute Awards 2013 best ten television programs of the year; as well as serving as executive producer for the 2012 series The Finder.[7]


Sackheim's work has earned him one Primetime Emmy Award and two additional Emmy nominations. In 1994, Sackheim won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, having been nominated for his work on the NYPD Blue episode "Tempest in a C-Cup".[10] His two other nominations have both been for Outstanding Drama Series in the role of producer—for Law & Order in 1992,[11] and for House in 2007.[12]



Year Film Role
1984 Love Streams Assistant editor
1994 Midnight Run for Your Life Director
1995 In the Shadow of Evil Director
1996 Grand Avenue Director
The Lottery Director
1998 The X-Files Producer
2001 The Glass House Director
2004 Homeland Security Director; co-executive producer
2010 Baby Producer


Series As director As producer
The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents 21 episodes
Miami Vice 42 episodes
Law & Order 7 episodes 44 episodes
ER 1 episode
Earth 2 1 episode
NYPD Blue 3 episodes
Millennium 1 episode 11 episodes
The X-Files 5 episodes 23 episodes
Harsh Realm 3 episodes 8 episodes
Judging Amy 3 episodes 24 episodes
Kingpin 2 episodes 5 episodes
The Lyon's Den 1 episode 2 episodes
Hawaii 1 episode
Las Vegas 1 episode 5 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1 episode
The Night Stalker 2 episodes 5 episodes
House 7 episodes 44 episodes
Life 7 episodes 31 episodes
Lie to Me 6 episodes 35 episodes
Bones 1 episode
The Finder 2 episodes 9 episodes
The Walking Dead 3 episodes
The Americans 7 episodes 26 episodes
The Bridge 1 episode
The Leftovers 2 episodes
Battle Creek 1 episode
Game of Thrones 2 episodes
The Man in the High Castle 1 episode
Fear the Walking Dead 1 episode
Better Call Saul 2 episodes
Ozark 2 episodes
Jack Ryan 3 episodes
The First 2 episodes


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (September 4, 2018). "The big Emmys, and the other Emmys". J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
  2. ^ a b Los Angeles Times: "JoAnne Sackheim July 11, 1924 - May 15, 2014 May 15, 2014
  3. ^ McLellan, Dennis (December 7, 2004). "William Sackheim, 84; TV Writer, Producer Won 2 Emmy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | Sackheim, Daniel". British Film Institute. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "BFI | Film & TV Database | Sackheim, Daniel | Filmography". British Film Institute. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Daniel Sackheim biography and filmography". Tribute. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (January 6, 2012). "Variety Reviews – The Finder – TV Review – Review by Brian Lowry". Variety. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Justin, Chang (February 4, 2005). "Daniel Sackheim (Tenpercenteries)(Brief article)". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2012. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "The Glass House". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 1994 – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  11. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 1992 – Outstanding Drama Series". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  12. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2007 – Outstanding Drama Series". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved June 14, 2012.

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