Boris Sagal


Director

About

Birth Place
Russia
Born
October 18, 1923
Died
May 24, 1981
Cause of Death
Injuries Caused When Struck By Helicopter Blade

Biography

Russian-born TV director of surprisingly bleak dramas including "Destiny of a Spy" (1969), "The Movie Murderer," "Hauser's Memory" (both 1970), and "The Dream Makers" (1975) in which there are no happy endings. Sagal first began directing TV episodes in the mid-1950s with such series as "Johnny Staccato," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Twilight Zone" and helmed his first feature in 196...

Family & Companions

Sara Sagal
Wife
Assistant director. Worked on TV during early days of live broadcast.
Marge Champion
Wife
Dancer, actor, choreographer. Married January 1, 1977 until Sagal's death in 1981; born September 2, 1923; was a dancing/acting team with former husband Gower Champion (married 1947-73).

Biography

Russian-born TV director of surprisingly bleak dramas including "Destiny of a Spy" (1969), "The Movie Murderer," "Hauser's Memory" (both 1970), and "The Dream Makers" (1975) in which there are no happy endings. Sagal first began directing TV episodes in the mid-1950s with such series as "Johnny Staccato," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Twilight Zone" and helmed his first feature in 1963. He directed the mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man" with David Greene. Sagal was killed in a bizarre accident when he walked into a moving helicopter blade while scouting locations for a film.

Life Events

1963

Directed first feature film, "Dime with a Halo"

1976

Co-directed the mini-series, "Rich Man, Poor Man" with David Greene

Videos

Movie Clip

Omega Man, The (1971) - There's Never A Cop Around Everything’s cool as Charlton Heston cruises downtown LA, which we soon realize is improbably vacant, Boris Sagal directing, in the second movie version of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend, The Omega Man, 1971, co-starring Rosalind Cash and Anthony Zerbe.
Twilight Of Honor (1963) - I Hope He Croaks Just appointed to defend accused killer Ben Brown (Nick Adams), lawyer David (Richard Chamberlain) is introduced by mistake by the jailer to Mrs. Brown (Joey Heatherton, age 19, in her first movie role), who displays little loyalty in the first instance of director Boris Sagal’s flashback technique, in MGM’s Twilight Of Honor, 1963.
Twilight Of Honor (1963) - I Get Somebody Plastered Maybe not too convincing, the MGM lot as a small New Mexico city, where widowed lawyer David (Richard Chamberlain) has been appointed to defend a drifter accused of killing a cop, visiting his mentor (Claude Rains as Harper) and his daughter (Joan Blackman), in Twilight Of Honor, 1963, co-starring Academy Award nominated Nick Adams.
Twilight Of Honor (1963) - What Sort Of Dance Was It? In court now, Nick Adams (as Ben Brown) on trial for the murder of a popular local cop, who had befriended him and his young wife (Joey Heatherton), their encounter recalled in testimony by Arch Johnson as barkeeper MacWade, James Gregory the prosecutor, top-billed Richard Chamberlain for the defense, in MGM’s Twilight Of Honor, 1963.
Girl Happy (1965) - Meanest Girl In Town Cute setup then Shelley Fabares (as "Valerie") boogies with Elvis (playing "Rusty") and the band to the Joy Byers (and possibly Bob Johnston) number "Meanest Girl In Town," in Girl Happy, 1965.
Girl Happy -- Open, Title Song Music legend Doc Pomus shares credit for the title song, heard in the opening to the 1965 Elvis Presley vehicle Girl Happy, also starring Shelley Fabares and Gary Crosby.
Omega Man, The (1971) - Honky Paradise We’re learning details about Neville (Charlton Heston), who’s killed some mutant nocturnal albino marauders, switched on his generator and now relaxes in his post-apocalypse Downtown L-A pad, while Mathias (Anthony Zerbe), leader of the bad guys, grumbles outside, early in The Omega Man, 1971, from Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend.
Omega Man, The (1971) - The Very Foundations Of Civilization This is where we realize that Matthias (Anthony Zerbe), leader of the bloodthirsty nocturnal hooded cult that dominates post-apocalypse Los Angeles, is the news anchor we saw in an earlier flashback, plus backstory on their nemesis, the lone normal survivor, Charlton Heston as colonel and doctor Neville, in The Omega Man, 1971.

Trailer

Family

Katey Sagal
Daughter
Actor, singer. Born in 1954; star of "Married With Children".
David Lewis Sagal
Son
Born in 1955.
Joseph B Sagal
Son
Born in 1957.
Jean Sagal
Daughter
Actor. Born in 1961; twin of Liz; co-starred with Liz in TV series, "Double Trouble".
Liz Sagal
Daughter
Actor. Born in 1961; twin of Jean; co-starred with Jean in TV series, "Double Trouble".

Companions

Sara Sagal
Wife
Assistant director. Worked on TV during early days of live broadcast.
Marge Champion
Wife
Dancer, actor, choreographer. Married January 1, 1977 until Sagal's death in 1981; born September 2, 1923; was a dancing/acting team with former husband Gower Champion (married 1947-73).

Bibliography