Don Weis


Director

About

Birth Place
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Born
May 13, 1922
Died
July 26, 2000

Biography

Award-winning TV director Don Weis studied film at the University of Southern California before he served as a film technician in the Air Force during World War II. Shortly after the war ended, he became a director at MGM Studios, working on projects, including the crime comedy "A Slight Case of Larceny" and Debbie Reynolds musical " The Affairs of Dobie Gillis." He moved on to televisio...

Family & Companions

Rebecca Welles
Wife
Actor.

Biography

Award-winning TV director Don Weis studied film at the University of Southern California before he served as a film technician in the Air Force during World War II. Shortly after the war ended, he became a director at MGM Studios, working on projects, including the crime comedy "A Slight Case of Larceny" and Debbie Reynolds musical " The Affairs of Dobie Gillis." He moved on to television, where his work on "Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre" earned him his first Directors Guild of America award in 1956. He'd score the honor again two years later for helming "Schlitz Playhouse." These accolades led to work on the popular family comedy "The Patty Duke Show" and the detective drama "Ironside." Weis went on to helm such classics as the war-set comedy "MASH," the action-packed cop drama "Hawaii Five-O," and the acclaimed cruise ship comedy "The Love Boat." After serving as director on more than 110 productions, Weis retired in 1990. He died ten years later and was survived by his wife, actress Rebecca Welles, and their three children. He was 78 years old.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Munster's Revenge (1981)
Director
Zero To Sixty (1978)
Director
The Millionaire (1978)
Director
The Demon and the Mummy (1976)
Director
Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? (1968)
Director
The King's Pirate (1967)
Director
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
Director
Billie (1965)
Director
Looking for Love (1964)
Director
Pajama Party (1964)
Director
Critic's Choice (1963)
Director
The Gene Krupa Story (1960)
Director
Ride the High Iron (1957)
Director
The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)
Director
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
Director
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953)
Director
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
Director
I Love Melvin (1953)
Director
Half a Hero (1953)
Director
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Seq [five] Director
Just This Once (1952)
Director
You For Me (1952)
Director
Bannerline (1951)
Director
Outrage (1950)
Dialogue Director
The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)
Dialogue Director
The Men (1950)
Dialogue Director
Home of the Brave (1949)
Dialogue Director
Force of Evil (1949)
Dialogue Director
Champion (1949)
Dialogue Director
No Minor Vices (1948)
Dialogue Director
So This Is New York (1948)
Dialogue Director

Producer (Feature Film)

Billie (1965)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

M (1951)
Script Supervisor
The Prowler (1951)
Script Supervisor
Never Fear (1950)
Script Supervisor
Satan's Cradle (1949)
Script Supervisor
The Red Pony (1949)
Script Supervisor
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)
Script Supervisor

Director (Special)

Quick and Quiet (1981)
Director
The Dooley Brothers (1979)
Director
The Andros Targets (1977)
Director
Flo's Place (1976)
Director
Head of the Family (1960)
Director
Papa Said No (1958)
Director
Secrets of the Old Bailey (1958)
Director

Director (Short)

A Letter From a Soldier (1951)
Director

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, The (1953) - Learn Learn Learn Work Work Work At the freshman dance at Grainbelt U, title character Bobby Van still hasn’t got the name of the cute brunette (Debbie Reynolds), sidekick George (Bob Fosse) has problems, and she calls her parents (Hanley Stafford, Lurene Tuttle), in The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, 1953, from the stories by Max Shulman.
Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, The (1953) - Grainbelt University Opening from MGM, for the feature that led to the popular TV series, introducing Bobby Van in the lead role, Lawrence Dobkin the counselor, and future Broadway/Hollywood giant Bob Fosse as sidekick George, in The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, 1953, also starring Debbie Reynolds.
Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, The (1953) - An Asinine Outburst Dobie (Bobby Van) has followed Pansy (Debbie Reynolds) and amorous Lorna (Barbara Ruick) and tagalong George (Bob Fosse) have followed him to the first class by prissy professor Pomfritt (Hans Conreid), planting seeds of conflict to come, in The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, 1953
Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, The (1953) - You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right The only complete production number in the movie, choreography credit to Alex Romero, song from the MGM catalog by Floyd Huddleston and Hanley Stafford, performance by Bob Fosse and Barbara Ruick, joined by leads Bobby Van and Debbie Reynolds in The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, 1953.
Critic's Choice (1963) - He's Murdering The Play Opening from director Don Weis, Marilyn Maxwell on the Broadway stage, then we meet principals, Bob Hope (as critic Parker) and wife Lucille Ball, encountering John Dehner and Evan McCord, then at the newsroom Jerome Cowan and Richard Deacon, in Critic’s Choice, 1963, from the play loosely based on the real-life couple Walter and Jean Kerr.
Critic's Choice (1963) - How's Things On Your Planet? At the suburban baseball park, Bob Hope as Broadway critic and dad Parker, Donald Losby as the new know-it-all kid Godfrey, wondering where his wife (co-star Lucille Ball) can be, then meeting his father, new neighbor psychiatrist von Hagedorn (Jim Backus), early in Critic’s Choice, 1963.
Critic's Choice (1963) - Even By French Standards At a Manhattan restaurant, Broadway critic Parker (Bob Hope) with his mom (Jessie Royce Landis) explaining that his second wife Angie (Lucille Ball) is thinking about becoming a playwright, his son (Rick Kelman), from a previous marriage to an actress, providing sparks, in Critic’s Choice, 1963.
I Love Melvin (1953) - -- Where Did You Learn To Dance? Donald O’Connor is the title character, an aspiring photographer, who’s persuaded chorus girl Judy (Debbie Reynolds) he can make her a cover girl, all setting up the song by Joseph Myrow and Mack Gordon for the two MGM contract stars, in I Love Melvin 1953.
I Love Melvin (1953) - Life Has It's Little Ups And Downs Noreen Corcoran (as little sister "Clarabelle") sings an original by Josef Myrow and Mack Gordon to set up Donald O'Connor (title character) in his typically athletic roller-skate routine, in MGM's I Love Melvin, 1953.
You For Me (1952) - Love's Philosophy Doctor Jeff (Gig Young) introducing nurse Katie (Jane Greer) to the monkeys in his home research basement, discussing their own testy relationship, ending with a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem, in Don Weis' You For Me, 1952.
You For Me (1952) - Give Him The Works Nurse Katie (Jane Greer), snatched from a staff party by doctor Jeff (Gig Young), sent to mend fences with hospital donor Tony (Peter Lawford), who has withdrawn support after she insulted him during surgery, in Don Weis' You For Me, 1952.
Just This Once - This Is A Great Girl! Old pal judge Coulter (Lewis Stone) introduces spendthrift heir Mark (Peter Lawford) to lawyer Lucy (Janet Leigh) who's been engaged to administer his affairs, in MGM's Just This Once, 1952.

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Family

Deborah Weis
Daughter
Pamela Landrum
Daughter
Elizabeth Welles
Step-Daughter

Companions

Rebecca Welles
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography