Laurence Merrick (April 22, 1926 - January 26, 1977) was an American film director and author. He is best known for co-directing the Oscar nominated documentary Manson (film) in 1973 with Robert Hendrickson. Sharon Tate, one of the victims in the Manson murders, was a former student at Merrick's Academy of Dramatic Arts. His later business was Merrick Studios, 870 N. Vine St. in Hollywood. It was a low-cost acting school, with several students attending via the GI Bill. Merrick was killed by a gunman on January 26, 1977.