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Zalman King (born Zalman King Lefkowitz; May 23, 1942 – February 3, 2012) was an American film director, writer, actor and producer. His films are known for incorporating sexuality, and are often categorized as erotica.

He was born Zalman Lefkovitz in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S. As a young man in 1963 he played a gang member on Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Memo from Purgatory" written by Harlan Ellison) with James Caan and Walter Koenig. In 1967 he played the outlaw Muley in "Muley", an episode of the TV show Gunsmoke. His character shoots Marshall Matt Dillon as part of a plan to rob the Dodge City Bank, but as he and his gang are waiting for Dillon to recover (so they can try again to kill him), Muley falls in love with one of the girls at the Long Branch Saloon, which thwarts the plan.

From September 1970 until May 1971, King played attorney Aaron Silverman on the drama The Young Lawyers, broadcast on the ABC television network. King later contributed a unique delivery to Trip with the Teacher (1975), portraying the psychopathic Al, a narcoleptic murdering motorbiker.

King has directed several commercially successful films, including Two Moon Junction (1988), Wild Orchid (1990), and Red Shoe Diaries (1992), which became a long-running television series for Showtime network. It spawned many sequels. He is perhaps best known for his collaboration with director Adrian Lyne on the film 9½ Weeks which starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. He produced (and usually directed) the television series and film ChromiumBlue.com and Showtime series Body Language. He appeared in Lee Grant's directorial debut feature film Tell Me a Riddle.

Other work as director includes the 1995 film Delta of Venus based on the book by Anaïs Nin and starring Audie England. The film about an American girl living in Paris in 1939 is in many ways reminiscent of European art house films where erotica forms a centerpiece to a plot which is nevertheless about greater issues.

He is married to writer/producer Patricia Louisianna Knop. They have collaborated on many projects, such as writing Wild Orchid, Delta of Venus and 9½ Weeks as well as many episodes of Red Shoe Diaries. They have two daughters, Chloe King and Gillian Lefkowitz.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Zalman King, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zalman King (born Zalman King Lefkowitz; May 23, 1942 – February 3, 2012) was an American film director, writer, actor and producer. His films are known for incorporating sexuality, and are often categorized as erotica.

He was born Zalman Lefkovitz in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S. As a young man in 1963 he played a gang member on Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Memo from Purgatory" written by Harlan Ellison) with James Caan and Walter Koenig. In 1967 he played the outlaw Muley in "Muley", an episode of the TV show Gunsmoke. His character shoots Marshall Matt Dillon as part of a plan to rob the Dodge City Bank, but as he and his gang are waiting for Dillon to recover (so they can try again to kill him), Muley falls in love with one of the girls at the Long Branch Saloon, which thwarts the plan.

From September 1970 until May 1971, King played attorney Aaron Silverman on the drama The Young Lawyers, broadcast on the ABC television network. King later contributed a unique delivery to Trip with the Teacher (1975), portraying the psychopathic Al, a narcoleptic murdering motorbiker.

King has directed several commercially successful films, including Two Moon Junction (1988), Wild Orchid (1990), and Red Shoe Diaries (1992), which became a long-running television series for Showtime network. It spawned many sequels. He is perhaps best known for his collaboration with director Adrian Lyne on the film 9½ Weeks which starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. He produced (and usually directed) the television series and film ChromiumBlue.com and Showtime series Body Language. He appeared in Lee Grant's directorial debut feature film Tell Me a Riddle.

Other work as director includes the 1995 film Delta of Venus based on the book by Anaïs Nin and starring Audie England. The film about an American girl living in Paris in 1939 is in many ways reminiscent of European art house films where erotica forms a centerpiece to a plot which is nevertheless about greater issues.

He is married to writer/producer Patricia Louisianna Knop. They have collaborated on many projects, such as writing Wild Orchid, Delta of Venus and 9½ Weeks as well as many episodes of Red Shoe Diaries. They have two daughters, Chloe King and Gillian Lefkowitz.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Zalman King, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1942-05-23

Day of Death 2012-02-03

Place of Birth Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2007 Saint Francis as Dr. P. Bernard
2006 The Foreign Eye
1998 Playboy: The Story of X as Himself
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1982 Endangered Species as Hollywood Producer
1981 Galaxy of Terror as Baelon
1980 Tell Me a Riddle as Paul
1979 Like Normal People as Bill Stein
1977 Blue Sunshine as Jerry Zipkin
1976 The Passover Plot as Yeshua
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 Sammy Somebody
1975 Trip with the Teacher as Al
1974 Smile Jenny, You're Dead as Roy St. John
1973 Some Call It Loving as Robert Troy
1972 Neither by Day Nor by Night as Adam
1971 The Ski Bum as Johnny
1971 You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat as Carter Fields
1970 The Intruders as Bob Younger
1970 The Young Lawyers (24 episodes)
1969 The Young Lawyers as Aaron Silverman
1969 Then Came Bronson (1 episode)
1968 Land of the Giants (1 episode) as Nick
1968 Adam-12 (1 episode)
1967 Stranger on the Run as Larkin
1967 Judd for the Defense (1 episode)
1967 Cimarron Strip (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 The Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones as Jesse
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 The Loner (1 episode)
1965 The Legend of Jesse James (1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone (2 episodes)
1964 The Munsters (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (5 episodes)

Writing

2013 Pleasure or Pain Writer
1998 A Place Called Truth Story
1998 In God's Hands Screenplay
1998 Black Sea 213 Story
1997 Business for Pleasure Story Screenplay
1996 Red Shoe Diaries 6: How I Met My Husband Story
1995 Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass Teleplay
1995 Return to Two Moon Junction Writer
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick Teleplay
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare Teleplay
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Screenplay
1992 Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue Screenplay
1989 Wild Orchid Screenplay
1988 Wildfire Writer
1988 Two Moon Junction Author
1986 Nine 1/2 Weeks Screenplay

Directing

2013 Pleasure or Pain Director
2002 ChromiumBlue.com Director
2001 Women of the Night Director
1999 Shame Shame Shame Director
1998 In God's Hands Director
1995 Delta of Venus Director
1994 Boca Director
1994 Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica Director
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick Director
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare Director
1992 Red Shoe Diaries (68 episodes)Director Director
1992 Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue Director
1989 Wild Orchid Director
1988 Wildfire Director
1988 Two Moon Junction Director

Production

1998 A Place Called Truth Executive Producer
1998 Black Sea 213 Executive Producer
1996 Red Shoe Diaries 6: How I Met My Husband Executive Producer
1995 Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass Executive Producer
1995 Return to Two Moon Junction Producer
1994 Boca Executive Producer
1994 Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica Executive Producer
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick Executive Producer
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare Executive Producer
1993 Lake Consequence Executive Producer
1992 Red Shoe Diaries (68 episodes)Producer Executive Producer
1987 Siesta Executive Producer
1986 Nine 1/2 Weeks Producer
1982 Endangered Species Executive Producer
1980 Roadie Executive Producer

Creator

1998 Wind on Water Creator

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