Hollingsworth Morse

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John Hollingsworth Morse
Born John Hollingsworth Morse
(1910-12-16)December 16, 1910
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died January 23, 1988(1988-01-23) (aged 77)
Studio City, California, U.S.
Occupation Television director
Years active 1952-1986
Spouse(s) Sally Eilers (1949-1958) (divorced)
Sandra Gould (?-1988) (his death)

John Hollingsworth Morse (December 16, 1910 – January 23, 1988) was an American film and television director. He directed episodes of a wide variety of U.S. television series from the 1950s through the 1980s, including McHale's Navy, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Adam-12, The Dukes of Hazzard, H.R. Pufnstuf, Mystery Island and Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. Hollingsworth also directed a lesser number of feature films throughout his career, including Daughters of Satan and the 1972 adaptation of the children's novel Justin Morgan Had a Horse.

Early career[edit]

Morse began his career in the casting department of Paramount Pictures, and eventually began to work closely with director George Stevens. During World War II, Stevens was Morse's commanding officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In that capacity, Morse traveled with Stevens's unit through Europe and helped capture footage of the Battle of Normandy and other significant events of the European war.[1] Morse reflected on these experiences through his participation in the 1994 documentary George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin, which was directed by George Stevens, Jr..


  1. ^ Green, Paul (2006). A History of Television's "The Virginian", 1962 - 1971. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 209. ISBN 0-7864-4680-3. 

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