Leslie H. Martinson
Leslie martinson
Vital Information
Name: Leslie H. Martinson
Birthname: Leslie Halfblack Martinson
Born: (1915-01-16) January 16, 1915 (age 102)
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
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 January 16, 1915) is a retired former 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, the episodes "What Goes Up" in Season Two and "The Cincinnati Kids" in Season Five.


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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