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|Also Known As:||Rodney Amateau,Rodney Amateau||Died:|
|Born:||December 20, 1923||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Director ... director producer screenwriter novelist dialogue director radio writer second unit director stage manager|
After starting his career as a writer for CBS radio, Rod Amateau worked his way up the 20th Century Fox ladder from junior writer to test director to second-unit director to dialogue director before finally making his feature directorial debut with "The Bushwackers" (1952), a Western of interest mostly for the sermonizing in his (and Tom Gries') script, which offered parallels to the political climate in America during the post-Civil War and post-World War II eras. Though he directed another film that year ("Monsoon"), he would not return to features for 17 years, carving out instead a substantial career as a producer-director-writer of TV series, beginning with "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (CBS, 1950-58).
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