Prolific television director Don Medford, who is perhaps best known for the two-episode finale of the 1960s drama The Fugitive, died December 12 at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. His family reported the death Wednesday. The 1967 conclusion of Fugitive, the popular series about a man falsely accused of murdering his wife (played by David Janssen) and relentlessly pursued around the country by a determined detective (Barry Morse), was seen by a then-record of an estimated 78 million viewers — a milestone that stood until the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas drew an estimated 83 million in 1980. Medford’s TV career stretched from the early 1950s Tales Of Tomorrow through the late ’80s Jake And The Fatman. Among the many major and varied series he worked on were the anthologies Alfred Hitchock Presents and The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, M Squad with Lee Marvin, The Rifleman with Chuck Connors, Dr. Kildare with Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, The Invaders with Roy Thinnes, The Fall Guy with Lee Majors, Baretta with Robert Blake, plus numerous episodes of 12 O’Clock High, The FBI, Dynasty and a handful of episodes of its spinoff The Colbys. Medford also directed a handful of TV movies and the features The Organization with Sidney Poitier (the second sequel to In The Heat Of The Night) and The Hunting Party, a gritty Western that starred Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen.
R.I.P. Don Medford
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