Gary Nelson (director)

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Gary Nelson
Born1934 (age 85–86)
OccupationFilm director, television director
Notable work
Freaky Friday
The Black Hole

Gary Nelson (born January 1934) is an American television and film director. He has directed many television series, including Get Smart, Gunsmoke, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Patty Duke Show, Gilligan's Island and Happy Days. In addition, Nelson has directed five feature films, including Disney's Freaky Friday (1976), and many television movies, including Murder in Coweta County starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.

In 1978, Nelson was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directoral Achievement for Washington: Behind Closed Doors.

Nelson was born in Los Angeles, California. He was married to actress Judi Meredith, who died in April 2014, and with whom he has two sons.

Nelson has semi-retired, but continues to occasionally guest lecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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