Leslie H. Martinson Biography

American film director

Leslie Herbert Martinson (January 16, 1915 – September 3, 2016) was an American television and film director.


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Director
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Martinson was born to Gertrude and Lewis Martinson in Boston, M*achusetts on January 16, 1915. He had a brother named Bertram. He was a newspaper journalist before accepting a long-term job as an MGM script clerk in 1936. He began directing TV western series in the early 1950s. His first feature film *ignment was Republic Pictures' 1954 film The Atomic Kid, a Mickey Rooney matinée vehicle. 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 en*led The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan. 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 was President Emeritus of the West Coast Jewish Theatre.

Personal life

He was married to television host and writer Connie Martinson. They resided in Beverly Hills, California. He turned 100 on January 16, 2015 and died on September 3, 2016 at the age of 101. Prior to his marriage to Connie, Leslie was married to Louise Fish.





    External links

    • Official site
    • Leslie H. Martinson at IMDb
    • Episodes on TV
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