|Born:||2 April 1911|
|Died:||1 February 1991(aged 79)|
|Occupation:||TV/film director, actor and producer|
|Known for:||Directed over 500 TV show episodes, which include work on such series as The Donna Reed Show, McHale's Navy, and The Phyllis Diller Show|
|Series inolved with:||The Brady Bunch|
|Job with series:||director in Seasons 1-3|
|27 episodes directed|
Oscar Rudolph (2 April 1911 - 1 February 1991) directed a total of 27 episodes of the ABC-TV series The Brady Bunch from Seasons 1-3, beginning with "A-Camping We Will Go" and ending with "Getting Davy Jones".
Life and career
Oscar, over the long course of his directorial career in Hollywood, which spanned a period of four decades, from the early 1940s to the mid 1970s. Oscar began his directorial career as an assistant director on numerous film projects, transitioned over to the genre of television in the 1950s directed more than 500 television shows including such diverse series as The Donna Reed Show, The Lone Ranger, McHale's Navy, The Phyllis Diller Show, and My Favorite Martian.
Oscar started his Hollywood career as a bit actor at the age of fourteen after he moved from Cleveland, where he was born, to Southern California with his family in 1924 and began his Hollywood career as a child actor. His first role was uncredited as a boy in the silent film, The Merry Widow, which co-starred actress Diana Lynn and actors Sonny Tufts and Barry Fitzgerald. His first credit was in Little Annie Rooney starring Mary Pickford; he would appear in a total a 36 films, in mostly uncredited or bit roles, from 1925 until 1947, when he appeared in his last role in the film Easy Come, Easy Go.
His directorial film credits included Rocket Man (1954), Twist Around the Clock (1961) and Don't Knock the Twist (1962).
Rudolph died at Encino Hospital of complications following a stroke. He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia, son Alan Rudolph, also a longtime film and TV director, and daughter.
- ↑ Oscar Rudolph, 79; Versatile Director of TV Series, Movies, Los Angeles Times article (latimes.com), February 11, 1991.
- Oscar Rudolph at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)