Leslie H. Martinson
Leslie martinson
Vital Information
Name: Leslie H. Martinson
Birthname: Leslie Halfblack Martinson
Born: (1915-01-16) 16 January 1915 (age 102)
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Career Information
Occupation: Film and television director
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Connie Martinson
Character/Series involvement
Job with series: directed the episodes "What Goes Up..." (Season 2) and "The Cincinnati Kids" (Season 5)

Leslie "Les" H. Martinson (born 16 January 1915) is a retired television and film director. He is married to television host and writer Connie Martinson. Les directed two episodes for the ABC-TV series The Brady Bunch, "What Goes Up..." in Season 2 and "The Cincinnati Kids" in Season 5.


Les, a native of Boston, MA, began directing TV western series in the early 1950s. His first feature film assignment was Republic Pictures' 1954 film, The Atomic Kid, a Mickey Rooney matinée vehicle.[1] Beginning with episodes of the series Conflict, Martinson became a prolific director for Warner Brothers Television.

In 1954-1955, he directed the first of Mickey Rooney's three failed situation comedy television series titled The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan.[2]

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Martinson continued directing feature films and episodic television including Maverick, PT 109, Temple Houston, Batman, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Diff'rent Strokes, and the made-for-TV movie, Rescue from Gilligan's Island. During the 1980s, Martinson directed episodes of Harper Valley PTA, CHiPs, and Airwolf.

Martinson is President Emeritus of the West Coast Jewish Theatre.[3]


  1. Barnes and Noble Biography
  2. David C. Tucker, Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2010, pp. 128-135. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  3. "West Coast Jewish Theatre Board of Directors". Retrieved 2008-11-10.

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