Ted Post

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Ted Post
Born (1918-03-31)March 31, 1918
New York City, New York, United States
Died August 20, 2013(2013-08-20) (aged 95)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation Film director
Television director
Spouse(s) Thelma Post (m. 1940–2013)
Children Robert C. Post
Laurie Post

Ted Post (March 31, 1918 – August 20, 2013) was an American director of film and television.[1] Highly prolific, Post directed numerous episodes of well-known television series including Rawhide, Gunsmoke, and The Twilight Zone as well as blockbuster films such as Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Magnum Force.


Early life and career[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Post started his career in 1938 working as an usher at Loew's Pitkin Theater. He abandoned plans to become an actor after training with Tamara Daykarhanova, and turned to directing summer theatre.

Post taught Acting and Drama at New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1950. He persuaded his friend, Sidney Lumet, to do likewise.

Television series[edit]

Success in the theater led to work in television from the early 1950s. Post directed episodes of many series including Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, Columbo and 178 episodes of Peyton Place. He also directed TV films (including the original Cagney and Lacey film-of-the-week)


He also directed feature films, including Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Go Tell the Spartans and two Clint Eastwood films Hang 'Em High and Magnum Force.[2]

Post directed the 2001–2002 Festival of the Arts at Bel-Air's University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University).


Post died at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, California on August 20, 2013.[3]



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