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William Asher

Mostly Credited As: William Asher
Birth Name: William Milton Asher
Date Of Birth: August 08, 1921 (Age 90)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Date Of Death: July 16, 2012
Cause Of Death: undisclosed

William Asher


Bill Asher was director of such legendary early television shows as "I Love Lucy," "Bewitched" and "Gidget."
Asher lived in La Quinta and Indian Wells since retiring from film and television in 1991. He was 90.
Asher is best remembered as the primary director of “I Love Lucy,” named by TV Guide the second best television comedy ever. But he also was nominated for four Emmy Awards for directing and producing “Bewitched” with his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery. He won the Emmy for Best Director of that show in 1966.
Asher also directed several films, including Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.
Asher got his start working in the mailroom at Universal Studios while writing short fiction. His first job in TV was adapting those stories for an anthology series called Invitation Playhouse, which he also directed.
After Montgomery, he was married to actress Joyce Bulifant, who played Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Asher also produced and directed episodes of Bewitched, the 1964-72 series that starred his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch. He was nominated for four Emmys for directing and producing Bewitched, winning once for directing.
He also directed episodes of other series including Gidget, The Thin Man, Willy, The Dinah Shore Show, The Jimmy Durante Show, The Danny Thomas Show, Alice and Crazy. He also is the creator of Kay O’Brien and co-created The Patty Duke Show with writer Sidney Sheldon
Asher also is survived by Liane Sears and Rebecca Asher, sons Brian, Bill Jr., Robert and John (actress Jenny McCarthy's former husband), four stepchildren, nine grandchildren and eight stepgrandchildren.
Mr. Asher died on july 16 at a Palm Desert board and care facility with his wife, Meredith, by his side.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Bewitched 03x34: (Aug/22/1999) As Himself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 18th Annual Emmy Awards 18x01: (May/22/1966) As Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (for 'Bewitched') 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


The Paul Lynde Show (1972)• Producer
Bewitched (1964)• Production Consultant
• Producer (1967-1972)
Fibber McGee & Molly (1959)• Producer
Temperatures Rising (1972)• Developer
• Producer (1972-1973)
The Patty Duke Show (1963)• Creator
• Producer (1963)
Sally (1957)• Creator
Kay O'Brien (1986)• Creator

Episode Crew


Jungle Cubs (1996) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
How The Panther Lost His Roar / The Humans Must Be Crazy 01x06 Nov/09/1996 As: Director
Who Wants To Be A Baboon? 01x05 Nov/02/1996 As: Director
Buffaloed / Haiti Meets His Match 01x02 Oct/12/1996 As: Director
Green Acres (1965) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Return to Green Acres   May/18/1990 As: Director
Crazy Like A Fox (1984) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Motor Homicide 01x05 Feb/03/1985 As: Director
Harper Valley (1981) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Return Of Charlie's Chow Palace 02x16 Apr/24/1982 As: Director
Harper Valley Hoedown 02x14 Apr/10/1982 As: Director
Stella Rae 02x13 Feb/27/1982 As: Director
Stella Della 02x12 Feb/20/1982 As: Director
Harper Valley Christmas 02x06 Dec/19/1981 As: Director
Private Benjamin (1981) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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S*M*A*S*H 02x20 Apr/12/1982 As: Director
When It's Hot, It's Hot 02x17 Mar/01/1982 As: Director
Gone with the Jeep 02x09 Dec/21/1981 As: Director
Undercover Judy 02x08 Dec/07/1981 As: Director
Bye, Bye Benjamin 02x07 Nov/30/1981 As: Director
Here's Boomer (1980) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
A Christmas for Boomer   Dec/06/1979 As: Director
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Road Pirates 02x05 Oct/19/1979 As: Director
Deputy Dukes 01x10 Apr/13/1979 As: Director
The Bad News Bears (1979) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Run Down 02x01 Sep/15/1979 As: Director
Alice (1976) (1976) (Credited in 27 episodes from this show) 
 
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Flo Finds Her Father 03x24 Apr/01/1979 As: Director
My Fair Vera 03x23 Mar/25/1979 As: Director
The Last Stow It (2) 03x21 Mar/11/1979 As: Director
The Last Stow It (1) 03x20 Mar/11/1979 As: Director
Mel Grows Up 03x17 Feb/05/1979 As: Director
Tabitha (1977) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Arrival of Nancy 01x06 Dec/17/1977 As: Director
Operation Petticoat (1977) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
We've No Business in Show Business 01x08 Nov/05/1977 As: Director
A Party for the Captain 01x06 Oct/22/1977 As: Director
Dooley Is a Daddy 01x03 Oct/01/1977 As: Director
Temperatures Rising (1972) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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Operation Mercy 02x13 Jan/08/1974 As: Director
Four of a Kind 02x12 Dec/25/1973 As: Director
The Appointment 01x03 Sep/26/1972 As: Director
Operation Fastball 01x02 Sep/19/1972 As: Director
Operation Bingo 01x01 Sep/12/1972 As: Director
The Paul Lynde Show (1972) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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How to be Unhappy, Though Poor 01x06 Oct/18/1972 As: Director
No Nudes is Good Nudes 01x04 Oct/04/1972 As: Director
The Landlord 01x03 Sep/27/1972 As: Director
Whiz Kid Sizzles as Quiz Fizzles 01x02 Sep/20/1972 As: Director
Howie Comes Home to Roost 01x01 Sep/13/1972 As: Director
Bewitched (1964) (Credited in 132 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Truth, Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Sam 08x26 Mar/25/1972 As: Director
Samantha on Thin Ice 08x18 Jan/29/1972 As: Director
Serena's Richcraft 08x17 Jan/22/1972 As: Director
Adam, Warlock or Washout? 08x14 Dec/29/1971 As: Director
TV or Not TV 08x08 Nov/03/1971 As: Director
Gidget (1965) (Credited in 7 episodes from this show) 
 
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I Love You, I Think 01x17 Jan/05/1966 As: Director
Image Scrimmage 01x08 Nov/03/1965 As: Director
A Hearse, a Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse 01x06 Oct/20/1965 As: Director
Daddy Come Home 01x04 Oct/06/1965 As: Director
The Great Kahuna 01x03 Sep/29/1965 As: Director
The Patty Duke Show (1963) (Credited in 9 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Cousins 01x36 May/20/1964 As: Director
The Songwriters 01x13 Dec/11/1963 As: Director
How to be Popular 01x12 Dec/04/1963 As: Director
The Conquering Hero 01x08 Nov/06/1963 As: Director
The House Guest 01x04 Oct/09/1963 As: Director
Vacation Playhouse (1963) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Mickey and the Contessa 01x04 Aug/12/1963 As: Director
The Twilight Zone (1959) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Mr. Bevis 01x33 Jun/03/1960 As: Director
Fibber McGee & Molly (1959) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Shooting Galley 01x02 Sep/22/1959 As: Director
The Trailer 01x01 Sep/15/1959 As: Director
The Thin Man (1957) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Art of Murder 01x34 May/23/1958 As: Director
The Saucer People 01x32 May/09/1958 As: Director
The Jane Wyman Show (1955) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Doctor Was a Lady 03x18 Mar/27/1958 As: Director
Sally (1957) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Operation Intrigue 01x17 Jan/26/1958 As: Director
I Love Lucy (1951) (Credited in 69 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Mr. and Mrs. TV Show 04x04 Apr/11/1955 As: Director
The Fashion Show 04x20 Feb/28/1955 As: Director
Lucy's Mother-in-Law 04x08 Nov/22/1954 As: Director
Ricky's Screen Test 04x07 Nov/15/1954 As: Director
Ricky's Movie Offer 04x06 Nov/08/1954 As: Director
Four Star Playhouse (1952) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Vote Of Confidence 03x07 Nov/11/1954 As: Director
General Electric Theater (1953) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Here Comes Calvin 02x16 Feb/21/1954 As: Director
Make Room for Daddy (1953) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
 
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Margaret, Non-Professional 01x06 Nov/03/1953 As: Director
Anniversary 01x05 Oct/27/1953 As: Director
Mother-In-Law 01x04 Oct/20/1953 As: Director
Second Honeymoon 01x03 Oct/13/1953 As: Director
Party Dress 01x02 Oct/06/1953 As: Director
Racket Squad (1951) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Case of the Miracle Mud 02x03 Sep/20/1951 As: Director
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