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Known Credits: 59

Birthday: 1922-12-20

Day of Death: 1977-01-03

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Adult Actor: False

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Tom Gries

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Thomas S. "Tom" Gries (20 December 1922; Chicago, Illinois – 3 January 1977; Pacific Palisades, California) was an American TV and film director, writer and producer.

Educated at the Loyola Academy and Georgetown University, Gries began working in TV in the 1950s as a writer and director, on such programmes as Bronco,"Rat Patrol", Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Westerner, The Rifleman, East Side/West Side, Mission: Impossible, Route 66, Batman and I Spy. He won Emmy Awards for his direction on East Side/West Side in 1964 and The Glass House in 1972.

In the cinema, Gries directed some low-budget movies in the 1950s before concentrating his efforts more on TV. In the late 1960s, he wrote and directed what is generally acknowledged to be his greatest work in either medium, the western Will Penny, which starred Charlton Heston and was released in 1968. It was based on an episode of the TV series The Westerner that Gries wrote and directed in 1960, entitled "Line Camp". Gries subsequently made two other films with Heston, the much less successful Number One, and The Hawaiians, and directed several other films with other high profile actors such as Burt Reynolds and Charles Bronson into the 1970s, though they failed to reach the critical approval that Will Penny received. The most successful of his later works was Helter Skelter, made in 1976, which was a TV film based on the notorious Charles Manson Family.

During post-production on his final film, The Greatest (1977), a biography on boxer Muhammed Ali (in which Ali also played himself), Tom Gries collapsed and died of a heart attack while playing tennis. He was 54 years old.

He is the father of actor/director Jon Gries (who appeared under the name Jon Francis in Will Penny as a child actor).

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Directing
1977 The Greatest … Director
1976 Helter Skelter … Director
1975 Breakheart Pass … Director
1975 Breakout … Director
1974 QB VII - (2 episodes) … Director
1974 The Migrants … Director
1973 The Connection … Director
1972 The Glass House … Director
1971 Earth II … Director
1970 Fools … Director
1970 The Hawaiians … Director
1969 Number One … Director
1969 100 Rifles … Director
1968 Will Penny … Director
1966 Mission: Impossible - (1 episode) … Director
1966 Felony Squad - (1 episode) … Director
1966 The Rat Patrol - (1 episode) … Director
1966 The Monroes - (1 episode) … Director
1966 The Rounders - (4 episodes) … Director
1966 Batman - (4 episodes) … Director
1965 The Nurses - (3 episodes) … Director
1965 Honey West - (1 episode) … Director
1965 I Spy - (2 episodes) … Director
1965 For the People - (1 episode) … Director
1964 The Reporter - (1 episode) … Director
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - (1 episode) … Director
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - (1 episode) … Director
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre - (2 episodes) … Director
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre - (1 episode) … Director
1963 East Side/West Side - (1 episode) … Director
1962 Combat! - (3 episodes) … Director
1962 Stoney Burke - (7 episodes) … Director
1961 Cain's Hundred - (4 episodes) … Director
1961 The Defenders - (1 episode) … Director
1960 Route 66 - (4 episodes) … Director
1960 The Westerner - (1 episode) … Director
1960 Checkmate - (3 episodes) … Director
1959 The Detectives - (1 episode) … Director
1959 Adventures in Paradise - (2 episodes) … Director
1959 Johnny Ringo - (2 episodes) … Director
1959 The Man and the Challenge - (1 episode) … Director
1957 Tombstone Territory - (2 episodes) … Director
1957 Alcoa Theatre - (1 episode) … Director
1957 The Court of Last Resort - (4 episodes) … Director
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective - (4 episodes) … Director
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater - (1 episode) … Director
1956 State Trooper - (2 episodes) … Director
1955 Science Fiction Theatre - (6 episodes) … Director
1955 TV Reader's Digest - (2 episodes) … Director
1954 Serpent Island … Director
Writing
1969 100 Rifles … Screenplay
1968 Will Penny … Screenplay
1966 The Rat Patrol - (1 episode) … Writer
1964 The Reporter - (1 episode) … Writer
1960 The Westerner - (1 episode) … Writer
1960 Assignment: Underwater - (1 episode) … Writer
1959 Lock-Up - (1 episode) … Writer
1958 The Rifleman - (1 episode) … Writer
1958 Bronco - (1 episode) … Writer
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive - (2 episodes) … Writer
1955 King Dinosaur … Writer
1955 Science Fiction Theatre - (2 episodes) … Writer
1954 Serpent Island … Writer
1952 The Unexpected - (1 episode) … Writer
Creator
1966 The Rat Patrol … Creator
Production
1953 Donovan's Brain … Producer
1900 Playhouse 90 - (0 episodes) … Producer