Biography

Lee got his first supporting role in Hotel (1967) after reading a scene opposite a friend as a favor in an audition for the film. His first screen test was a love scene with Karen Black which led him to become an actor under contract with MGM Studios, where he co-starred in Ice Station Zebra (1968) with Rock Hudson as well as various Aaron Spelling productions. After years of acting, Lee found a passion for working behind the camera and, in 1971, directed his first feature film, On the Line (1971). His son, Shane Stanley, was the youngest to ever receive an Emmy Award when he was 16 years old for his work on Desperate Passage (1987), which Lee directed and won two Emmys for. That special launched The Desperate Passage Series, which was nominated for thirty-three Emmys and won thirteen over a six year period. Daughter Quinn Gonzalez, from Lee's first marriage, is the granddaughter of legendary songwriter Johnny Burke of the Burke & Van Heusen team, (Misty, Pennies From Heaven, Swingin' on a Star). His film Street Pirates (1994) won him a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary. Lee received The Christopher Award as well as many other top humanitarian honors for his work with America's probated youth, which were the theme for many of his TV specials. Lee wrote and directed Held for Ransom (2000) starring Dennis Hopper based on the novel by Lois Duncan I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) as well as co-writing and directing Carman: The Champion (2001) which starred Michael Nouri Patricia Manterola and long time friend Jed Allan.

Lee got his first supporting role in Hotel (1967) after reading a scene opposite a friend as a favor in an audition for the film. His first screen test was a love scene with Karen Black which led him to become an actor under contract with MGM Studios, where he co-starred in Ice Station Zebra (1968) with Rock Hudson as well as various Aaron Spelling productions. After years of acting, Lee found a passion for working behind the camera and, in 1971, directed his first feature film, On the Line (1971). His son, Shane Stanley, was the youngest to ever receive an Emmy Award when he was 16 years old for his work on Desperate Passage (1987), which Lee directed and won two Emmys for. That special launched The Desperate Passage Series, which was nominated for thirty-three Emmys and won thirteen over a six year period. Daughter Quinn Gonzalez, from Lee's first marriage, is the granddaughter of legendary songwriter Johnny Burke of the Burke & Van Heusen team, (Misty, Pennies From Heaven, Swingin' on a Star). His film Street Pirates (1994) won him a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary. Lee received The Christopher Award as well as many other top humanitarian honors for his work with America's probated youth, which were the theme for many of his TV specials. Lee wrote and directed Held for Ransom (2000) starring Dennis Hopper based on the novel by Lois Duncan I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) as well as co-writing and directing Carman: The Champion (2001) which starred Michael Nouri Patricia Manterola and long time friend Jed Allan.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 11

Birthday 1943-05-23

Place of Birth Burlington, Vermont, USA

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Dream Chasers as -
1970 The Immortal (1 episode)
1968 Ice Station Zebra as Lt. Mitgang
1968 Adam-12 (2 episodes)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)

Writing

Paloma's Flight Writer
2003 Dream Chasers Screenplay
2000 Held for Ransom Writer
1983 The Thorn Birds (4 episodes)Writer

Directing

Paloma's Flight Director
2003 Dream Chasers Director
2001 Carman: The Champion Director
2000 Held for Ransom Director

Production

2006 Gridiron Gang Producer
2003 Dream Chasers Producer
1983 The Thorn Birds (4 episodes)Co-Producer

Camera

2003 Dream Chasers Director of Photography

Creator

1975 S.W.A.T. Creator

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