Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson
Born Leslie Herbert Martinson
(1915-01-16) January 16, 1915 (age 101)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other names Leslie Martinson
Les Martinson
Occupation Film and television director
Spouse(s) Connie Martinson
Website http://www.lesliemartinson.com/

Leslie "Les" Herbert Martinson (born January 16, 1915) is an American television and film director. He is married to television host and writer Connie Martinson.

Early life[edit]

Leslie H. Martinson was born to Gertrude and Lewis Martinson in Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 1915. He has a brother named Bertram.


He was a newspaper journalist before accepting a long-term job as an MGM script clerk in 1936. He began directing TV western series in the early 1950s. His first feature film assignment was Republic Pictures' 1954 film, The Atomic Kid, a Mickey Rooney matinée vehicle.[1] Beginning with episodes of the series Conflict, Martinson became a prolific director for Warner Brothers Television.

In 1954-1955, he directed the first of Mickey Rooney's three failed situation comedy television series entitled The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan.[2]

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Martinson continued directing feature films and episodic television including Maverick, PT 109, Temple Houston, Batman, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Diff'rent Strokes, and the made-for-TV movie, Rescue from Gilligan's Island. During the 1980s, Martinson directed episodes of Harper Valley PTA, CHiPs, and Airwolf.

Martinson is President Emeritus of the West Coast Jewish Theatre.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Connie Martinson.[4] They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[4] He turned 100 on January 16, 2015.[4]




Year Award Result Category Film or series
1972 Giffoni Film Festival Won Golden Gryphon Batman
2006 Golden Boot Awards Golden Boot


  1. ^ Barnes and Noble Biography
  2. ^ David C. Tucker, Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2010, pp. 128-135. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "West Coast Jewish Theatre Board of Directors". westcoastjewishtheatre.org. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ a b c 'Beverly Hills Centenarian', The Beverly Hills Courier, January 16, 2015, p. 5 [1]

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Batman film
Preceded by
Spencer Gordon Bennet
Succeeded by
Tim Burton