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John Peyser

Mostly Credited As: John Peyser
Birth Name: John H. Peyser
Date Of Birth: August 10, 1916 (Age 86)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: August 16, 2002
Cause Of Death: natural causes

John Peyser


Mr. Peyser was considered one of the pioneers of television, although he excelled as a director and producer for the big screen, too. He got involved with TV in its early stages before World War II, he directed programs for the peacock network, NBC.
Mr Peyser graduated from Colgate University, he was born in New York and joined the army where he was commissioned to the Office of War Information.
When the war was over, John Peyser returned to the U.S. and entered CBS to direct some television programs of what somehow it is still considered the Golden Age of TV, obviously most of this work was live television. Among those programs he directed were "Studio One," "Prudential Theater," "The Frank Sinatra Show," "Danger," "Suspense," "Starlight Theater," "Crime Syndicate" and "Man Behind the Badge."
During the fifties, Mr. Peyser moved to California and there he worked as a contract director for several studios, supplying his art to great shows like "The Untouchables," "Perry Mason," etc. Later during the sixties he helmed episodes for series like "The Dick Powell Show," "Combat!," "Bonanza," then in the seventiesand eighties he directed "Hawaii 5-0," "Switch," "Quincy," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," "ChiPs" and "The Rat Patrol."
During his eight-year residency in Spain, John Peyser agreed to direct feature films for the American studios. Among these films were "Honeymoon With a Stranger," "Four Rode Out," and "Kashmiri Run."
Once more, Mr. Peyser went back to the US and directed movies such as "The Young Warriors," and "Last Train to Alcatraz." He even returned to TV, in Jack Palance's series "Believe It Or Not."
John Peyser died Friday Aug. 16, 2002 in his sleep at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 86.

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Crew Credits

Show Crew


B.J. and the Bear (1979)• Supervising Producer (1979)
Switch (1975)• Producer (1977-1978)

Episode Crew


Tales of the Unexpected (1979) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery 08x03 Jul/21/1985 As: Director
In the Cards 08x02 Jul/14/1985 As: Director
I Like it Here in Wilmington 07x11 Nov/08/1984 As: Director
Light Fingers 05x11 Jul/04/1982 As: Director
A Glowing Future 04x15 Jul/19/1981 As: Director
CHiPs (1977) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Finders Keepers 05x09 Nov/29/1981 As: Director
240-Robert (1979) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
First Loss 02x02 Mar/14/1981 As: Director
Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Taxi Angels 05x10 Feb/07/1981 As: Director
Quincy, M.E. (1976) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
New Blood 05x18 Feb/28/1980 As: Director
The American Girls (1978) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
A Crash Course in Survival 01x05 Oct/21/1978 As: Director
Switch (1975) (Credited in 13 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Siege at the Bouziki Bar 03x20 Aug/13/1978 As: Story
Legend of the Macunas (2) 03x05 Oct/21/1977 As: Director
Legend of the Macunas (1) 03x04 Oct/21/1977 As: Director
Heritage of Death 02x24 Apr/03/1977 As: Director
Portraits of Death 02x14 Jan/04/1977 As: Director
Black Sheep Squadron (1976) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Meatball Circus 01x08 Nov/09/1976 As: Director
High Jinx 01x05 Oct/05/1976 As: Director
Delvecchio (1976) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Thicker Than Water 01x08 Nov/07/1976 As: Director
Shazam! (1974) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Sound of a Different Drummer 03x05 Oct/09/1976 As: Director
Bronk (1975) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
Crackback 01x11 Nov/30/1975 As: Director
Bargain in Blood 01x09 Nov/16/1975 As: Director
Terror 01x05 Oct/19/1975 As: Director
The Gauntlet 01x03 Oct/05/1975 As: Director
Swiss Family Robinson (US) (1975) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Tiki 01x07 Oct/26/1975 As: Director
Kate McShane (1975) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Publish or Perish 01x06 Oct/22/1975 As: Director
Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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6,000 Deadly Tickets 07x24 Mar/25/1975 As: Director
Hit Gun for Sale 07x21 Feb/25/1975 As: Director
Ring of Life 07x18 Feb/04/1975 As: Director
Steal Now -- Pay Later 07x04 Oct/01/1974 As: Director
... And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin 01x07 Nov/07/1968 As: Director
Mannix (1967) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Design for Dying 08x22 Mar/23/1975 As: Director
Edge of the Web 08x16 Feb/02/1975 As: Director
Movin' On (1974) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Lifeline 01x04 Oct/03/1974 As: Director
Roadblock 01x02 Sep/19/1974 As: Director
Chopper One (1974) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Hijacking 01x12 Apr/04/1974 As: Director
The Outsider (US) (1968) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
There Was a Little Girl 01x13 Dec/25/1968 As: Director
Garrison's Gorillas (1967) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
The Frame-Up 01x24 Feb/27/1968 As: Director
The Death Sentence 01x19 Jan/16/1968 As: Director
Thieves' Holiday 01x10 Nov/07/1967 As: Director
The Rat Patrol (1966) (Credited in 10 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Last Harbor Raid (3) 01x17 Jan/02/1967 As: Director, Story
The Last Harbor Raid (2) 01x16 Dec/26/1966 As: Director, Story
The Last Harbor Raid (1) 01x15 Dec/19/1966 As: Director, Story
The Daredevil Rescue Raid 01x14 Dec/12/1966 As: Director
The Lighthouse Raid 01x13 Dec/05/1966 As: Director
The Legend of Jesse James (1965) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Hunted and the Hunters 01x30 Apr/11/1966 As: Director
The Long Hot Summer (1965) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Intruders 01x19 Feb/02/1966 As: Director
Combat! (1962) (Credited in 27 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Mockingbird 04x17 Jan/04/1966 As: Director
The Raider 04x16 Dec/28/1965 As: Director
Breakout 04x14 Dec/14/1965 As: Director
Evasion 04x06 Oct/19/1965 As: Director
The Farmer 04x05 Oct/12/1965 As: Director
Honey West (1965) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
A Stitch in Crime 01x11 Nov/26/1965 As: Director
Whatever Lola Wants.... 01x06 Oct/22/1965 As: Director
Burke's Law (1963) (1963) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Deadlier Than the Male 03x10 Nov/17/1965 As: Director
The Prisoners of Mr. Sin 03x07 Oct/27/1965 As: Director
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Dove Affair 01x12 Dec/15/1964 As: Director
The Green Opal Affair 01x06 Oct/27/1964 As: Director
Route 66 (1960) (1960) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Is it True There Are Poxies at the Bottom of Landfair Lake? 04x14 Jan/10/1964 As: Director
The Virginian (1962) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Ride a Dark Trail 02x01 Sep/18/1963 As: Director
The Eleventh Hour (US) (1962) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
A Medicine Man in This Day and Age? 01x29 May/01/1963 As: Director
General Electric True (1962) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Nitro 01x29 Apr/28/1963 As: Director
The Wide Country (1962) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Care and Handling of Tigers 01x28 Apr/25/1963 As: Director
The Girl from Nob Hill 01x25 Mar/28/1963 As: Director
The Quest of Jacob Blaufus 01x23 Mar/07/1963 As: Director
The Judas Goat 01x21 Feb/21/1963 As: Director
Speckle Bird 01x18 Jan/31/1963 As: Director
The Nurses (1962) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Perfect Nurse 01x21 Feb/28/1963 As: Director
Saints and Sinners (1962) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Home-Coming Bit 01x14 Jan/07/1963 As: Director
The Dick Powell Show (1961) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Sea Witch 02x05 Oct/23/1962 As: Director
Naked City (1958) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Idylls of a Running Back 04x02 Sep/26/1962 As: Director
Cain's Hundred (1961) (Credited in 10 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Quick Brown Fox 01x30 May/15/1962 As: Director
Woman of Silure 01x28 Apr/24/1962 As: Director
Inside Track 01x26 Apr/10/1962 As: Director
Savage in Darkness 01x24 Mar/27/1962 As: Director
The Cost of Living 01x23 Mar/20/1962 As: Director
Bonanza (1959) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Lady from Baltimore 03x17 Jan/14/1962 As: Director
Target: The Corruptors (1961) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
A Man is Waiting to Be Murdered 01x15 Jan/05/1962 As: Director
The Poppy Vendor 01x05 Oct/27/1961 As: Director
Perry Mason (1957) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Case of the Misguided Missile 04x25 May/06/1961 As: Director
The Case of the Difficult Detour 04x21 Mar/25/1961 As: Director
The Untouchables (1959) (1959) (Credited in 10 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Jamaica Ginger Story 02x16 Feb/02/1961 As: Director
The Big Train (2) 02x13 Jan/12/1961 As: Director
The Big Train (1) 02x12 Jan/05/1961 As: Director
The Otto Frick Story 02x10 Dec/22/1960 As: Director
Kiss of Death Girl 02x08 Dec/08/1960 As: Director
Adventures in Paradise (1959) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Good Killing 02x16 Jan/30/1961 As: Director
Hong Kong (1960) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
To Catch a Star 01x10 Nov/30/1960 As: Director
Law of the Plainsman (1959) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
The Show-Off 01x24 Mar/17/1960 As: Director
Common Ground 01x20 Feb/11/1960 As: Director
The Comet 01x17 Jan/21/1960 As: Director
Clear Title 01x12 Dec/17/1959 As: Director
The Rifleman (1958) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
A Case of Identity 02x17 Jan/19/1960 As: Director
The Millionaire (1955) (Credited in 10 episodes from this show) 
 
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Millionaire Lorraine Daggett 06x03 Sep/30/1959 As: Director
Millionaire Emily Baker 05x20 Feb/04/1959 As: Director
Ralph the Cat 05x09 Oct/29/1958 As: Director
Millionaire Martin Scott 05x06 Oct/08/1958 As: Director
Millionaire Betty Hawley 05x01 Sep/03/1958 As: Director
Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
Two for Paradise 03x10 Apr/19/1959 As: Director
Marineland Mystery 03x08 Apr/05/1959 As: Director
Pack Rat 03x02 Feb/22/1959 As: Director
Behind Closed Doors (1958) (Credited in 16 episodes from this show) 
 
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Assignment Prague 01x26 Apr/09/1959 As: Director
The Antidote 01x25 Apr/02/1959 As: Director
Double Agent 01x24 Mar/26/1959 As: Director
The Gamble 01x23 Mar/19/1959 As: Director
Mightier Than the Sword 01x22 Mar/12/1959 As: Director
M Squad (1957) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Family Portrait 01x13 Dec/20/1957 As: Director
The Crusader (1955) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Innocent Bystander 02x03 Oct/19/1956 As: Director
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1955) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
One Good Turn 01x24 Mar/08/1956 As: Director
Justice at Goneaway Creek 01x20 Feb/09/1956 As: Director
Casablanca (1955) (1955) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Fateful Night 01x06 Jan/10/1956 As: Director
Hand of Fate 01x04 Nov/29/1955 As: Director
The Man Behind The Badge (1953) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
The Case of the Hunted Hobo 02x33 Aug/20/1955 As: Director
The Case of the Capital Crime 02x17 Apr/30/1955 As: Director
The Case of the Priceless Passport 02x08 Feb/26/1955 As: Director
Danger (1950) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
Five Minutes to Die 03x48 Sep/15/1953 As: Director
Death Is My Neighbor 03x45 Aug/25/1953 As: Director
Cokkle's Tour 03x43 Aug/11/1953 As: Director
Studio One (1948) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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Summer Had Better Be Good 03x53 Aug/27/1951 As: Director
The Rabbit 03x51 Aug/13/1951 As: Director
Tremolo 03x48 Jul/23/1951 As: Director
Nightfall 03x46 Jul/09/1951 As: Director
Lonely Boy 03x44 Jun/25/1951 As: Director
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