December 5, 2003 by

Earl Bellamy


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Earl Bellamy, a Hollywood director who worked on more than 1,600 episodes of television, died on Nov. 30 from a heart attack. He was 86.

Bellamy’s father was a railroad engineer who moved the family from Minnesota to Hollywood in 1920. After graduating from Hollywood High School in 1935, Bellamy received a degree from City College-Los Angeles and took a job as a messenger for Columbia Studios. Within four years, Bellamy had worked his way up to second assistant director before taking time off to serve in the U.S. Navy’s photographic unit during World War II.

When Bellamy returned to Hollywood, he became a well-respected director who was particularly adept at westerns. Although he directed nearly two dozen feature films, Bellamy was best known for his work on “The Lone Ranger,” “Rawhide,” “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” and “The Virginian.”

Family fare was his forte in the ’50s; he directed shows like “Lassie,” “Leave It to Beaver” and “The Donna Reed Show.” In the ’60s, he focused on comedic sitcoms like “The Munsters” and “McHale’s Navy.” Medical dramas, like “M.A.S.H.,” “Marcus Welby M.D.” and “Trapper John M.D.,” kept him busy in the ’70s. And just before retiring in 1986, Bellamy directed the science fiction miniseries, “V.”

In 2002, the Motion Picture and Television Fund gave him the prestigious Golden Boot Award.

Filmography From IMDb

6 Responses to Earl Bellamy

  1. bill black

    Earl was one of my favorite uncles. He was my grandmother’s, Lillian Black, brother. He has two sons and a daughter. The enire family always treated me and others with class. I am sorry that he has passed away and will continue to see him in my memoires. A truly loving and kind man.
    He leaves behind a beautiful wife. I wish her the very best.

  2. terry cutts

    I had the privilege of meeting Earl Bellamy at The Lone Pine Festival in 2003. A truly nice guy with a wicked sense of humour. It is a meeting I will always treasure with a smile.
    Terry Cutts

  3. Ed Vaughan

    Earl was my friend. There was a magic about him.
    When he looked you in the eye, he seemed to penetrate to your soul. He was the epitome of the good human being.
    I will miss him as anyone who knew him will.

  4. Patti Michaels

    I was so fortunate to meet Earl and Gail, while they were vacationing in Kauai. I’ve never met such a down to earth beautiful human being, as Earl. He was one of a kind. It was an honor to have shared a ‘spec’ of time with them, which I will never forget. My most favorite series Earl directed was the “Lone Ranger.”
    Patti Michaels
    Ojai, California

  5. Andrea

    Earle Is my Great Grandfather. I only met him when I was little, I have no memory of him or Gail. I still wish that I could have met him. He was a truly great guy according to my Grandpa.

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