Alex Segal

Alex Segal (July 1, 1915 – August 22, 1977) was an American television director, television producer and film director.[1]

Segal directed more than 25 different television programs, including Celanese Theater (1951–52), between his debut as a director on Starring Boris Karloff (1949) and his death in 1977.

Segal directed some films, including Joy in the Morning in 1965.

He received several Emmy nominations for his directing in the 1950s and won a Primetime Emmy for his TV directorship of Death of a Salesman in 1966.

Segal also served as chairman of the Division of Drama at the University of Southern California from 1971–1976.

Alex Segal
BornJuly 1, 1915
New York City
DiedAugust 22, 1977 (aged 62)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1949–76


As Director

Year Title Notes
1949 Volume One 1 episode
Starring Boris Karloff
1949-1950 Actors Studio 4 episodes
1950-1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 3 episodes
1951-1952 Celanese Theatre 16 episodes
1952 Columbia University Seminar
1953-1954 The Campbell Playhouse 2 episodes
1953-1958 The United States Steel Hour 11 episodes
1956 Ransom!
Producers' Showcase 3 episodes
1958 Kraft Television Theatre 1 episode
1958-1961 The DuPont Show of the Month 6 episodes
1959 Playhouse 90 2 episodes
1960-1961 NBC Sunday Showcase 3 episodes
1961 Alcoa Premiere 1 episode
1963 Hedda Gabler 1 episode
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1 episode
All the Way Home
1964 The Nurses 1 episode
1965 Joy in the Morning
1966 Death of a Salesman
ABC Stage 67 1 episode
1967 The Crucible TV movie
The Diary of Anne Frank TV movie
1968 Certain Honorable Men TV movie
1970 To Confuse the Angel TV movie
1971 Decisions! Decisions! TV movie
1973 The Lie TV movie
1975 My Father's House TV movie
1976 The Story of David TV movie
Rich Man, Poor Man Book II TV miniseries

As Producer


  1. ^ "Alex Segal". The New York Times.

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19th Directors Guild of America Awards

The 19th Directors Guild of America Awards, honoring the outstanding directorial achievements in film and television in 1966, were presented in 1967.

Alcoa Premiere

Alcoa Premiere (also known as Premiere, Presented by Fred Astaire) is an American anthology drama series that aired from October 1961 to July 1963 on ABC. The series was hosted by Fred Astaire, who also starred in several of the episodes.

All the Way Home (film)

All the Way Home is a 1963 drama film about a young boy and his mother dealing with the sudden death of his father. It stars Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, and Pat Hingle, with the boy being portrayed by Michael Kearney. It was based on the 1957 James Agee novel A Death in the Family and the 1960 Tad Mosel play All the Way Home.

Celanese Theatre

Celanese Theatre is an anthology television series which aired from October 3, 1951, to June 25, 1952, on ABC.

Death of a Salesman (1966 American film)

Death of a Salesman is a 1966 American made-for-television film adaptation of the play of the same name by Arthur Miller. It was directed by Alex Segal and adapted for television by Miller. It received numerous nominations for awards, and won several of them, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Directors Guild of America Award and a Peabody Award. It was nominated in a total of 11 Emmy categories at the 19th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1967. Lee J. Cobb reprised his role as Willy Loman and Mildred Dunnock reprised her role as Linda Loman from the original 1949 stage production.

Playbill markets this version of the play as an "abbreviated" one. Although the performance is abridged, it was adapted for television by Miller himself, meaning that not much substance was lost in the changes. The production was filmed after several weeks of rehearsals.It was a 1966 CBS television adaptation, which included Gene Wilder, James Farentino, Bernie Kopell and George Segal. Cobb was nominated for an Emmy Award for the performance. Mildred Dunnock, who had co-starred in both the original stage version and the 1951 film version, again repeated her role as Linda, Willy's devoted wife, and earned an Emmy nomination. In addition to being Emmy-nominated, Cobb and Dunnock were Grammy Award-nominated at the 9th Grammy Awards in 1967 in the category of Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording. This movie is one of several adaptations of the play and was contemporaneous with a May 1966 BBC version starring Rod Steiger and produced by Alan Cooke.The production marked the acclaimed reunion of the leading actor and actress from the original 1949 broadway cast. The performance also marks a strong dramatic turn for George Segal who is known for his comic work, while a young Gene Wilder presents a comic but sensitive performance as Bernard.

Decisions! Decisions!

Decisions! Decisions! is a 1971 American TV movie.

It was part of a two-picture deal between Bob Newhart and NBC. It was filmed as two one hour shots and put together and screened as one film.

DuPont Show of the Month

DuPont Show of the Month was a 90-minute television anthology series that aired monthly on CBS from 1957 to 1961. The DuPont Company also sponsored a weekly half-hour anthology drama series hosted by June Allyson, The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959–61).

During the Golden Age of Television, DuPont Show of the Month was one of numerous anthology series telecast between 1949 and 1962. Superficially, it resembled Playhouse 90 and other anthologies, but DuPont Show of the Month focused less on contemporary dramas and more on adaptations of literary classics, including Oliver Twist, The Prince and the Pauper, Billy Budd, The Prisoner of Zenda, A Tale of Two Cities and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Harlow (Magna film)

Harlow is a fictionalized drama based on the life of film star Jean Harlow, released in 1965, with Carol Lynley in the title role. It was released shortly before Paramount Pictures' film on the same subject. This was Ginger Rogers' last film appearance. The film was directed by Alex Segal.

Joy in the Morning (film)

Joy in the Morning is a 1965 American film directed by Alex Segal. It was adapted from the 1963 novel of the same name by Betty Smith. The film stars Richard Chamberlain as Carl Brown and Yvette Mimieux as Annie McGairy Brown. The musical score for the film is by Bernard Herrmann, and the title song is sung by Richard Chamberlain.

List of films about Anne Frank

This is a list of biographical films of Anne Frank, and film adaptations of her diaries.

Murder and the Android

Murder and the Android was a television movie based on Fondly Fahrenheit, a 1954 story by Alfred Bester. It was broadcast on November 8, 1959 as a NBC Sunday Showcase production. The film was produced by Robert Alan Aurthur, directed by Alex Segal, and starred Kevin McCarthy, Rip Torn, Vladimir Sokoloff, Suzanne Pleshette and Sono Osato.In 1960, science fiction author Frederik Pohl called this film, "almost the only first-rate television play on a science fiction theme". It was nominated for the 1960 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.This story is based 400 years in the future, when a man inherits an android. This synthetic being was created in a laboratory as a submissive, obedient construct. Unfortunately the android malfunctions and attempts to dominate its master.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series is presented to the best directing of a television drama series, usually for a particular episode.

Producers' Showcase

Producers' Showcase is an American anthology television series that was telecast live during the 1950s in compatible color by NBC. With top talent, the 90-minute episodes, covering a wide variety of genres, aired under the title every fourth Monday at 8 pm ET for three seasons, beginning October 18, 1954. The final episode, the last of 37, was broadcast May 27, 1957.

Showcase Productions, Inc., packaged and produced the series, which received seven Emmy Awards, including the 1956 award for Best Dramatic Series.

Ransom! (1956 film)

Ransom! is a 1956 American crime drama film examining the reactions of parents, police, and the public to a kidnapping. Written by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume, the film is based on a popular episode of The United States Steel Hour titled "Fearful Decision", which aired in 1954 and starred Ralph Bellamy.Directed by stage and television veteran Alex Segal, the film stars Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, and Leslie Nielsen (in his first film role).

A loosely based remake starring Mel Gibson was made in 1996 by director Ron Howard. Its title was Ransom, minus the exclamation point.

The Boris Karloff Mystery Playhouse

The Boris Karloff Mystery Playhouse is a 30-minute US television mystery anthology series, probably produced live. Boris Karloff hosted twelve episodes that aired from September to December 1949. All but five titles appear to be lost.

Directors included Alex Segal. Among its guest stars were Mildred Natwick and Jean Muir (actress)

The Campbell Playhouse (TV series)

The Campbell Playhouse (also known as Campbell Soundstage, TV Soundstage, and Campbell Summer Soundstage, (summer hiatus only, see below)) was an American anthology series and television drama that aired on NBC June 6, 1952 – May 28, 1954.The series was sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company.

The Diary of Anne Frank (1967 film)

The Diary of Anne Frank was a 1967 TV film based on the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The teleplay was directed by Alex Segal and it was adapted from play of the same name by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. The film starred Max von Sydow, Diana Davila, Peter Beiger, Theodore Bikel and Lilli Palmer.

The Lie (1970 film)

The Lie (Swedish: Reservatet), is a 1970 Swedish television film directed by Jan Molander and written by Ingmar Bergman.

Bergman wrote the script in 1968 with the name of "Reservatet: en banalitetens tragikomedi" (A tragicomedy of Banality). Although he didn't end up directing it, he later would tackle another relationship in a film with the same "Anna" and "Andreas" in the main roles: The Passion of Anna (1968).

The same script was also used for two English language television productions. A 1971 British version was directed by Alan Bridges and a 1973 American version was directed by Alex Segal, both which used the title The Lie.

The Story of David

The Story of David (1976) was a two-part, 3.2 hour American television movie dramatizing the biblical story of King David. It starred Timothy Bottoms as the young David, Keith Michell as the older David, Anthony Quayle as King Saul, and Jane Seymour as Bathsheba. Produced by Columbia Pictures Television for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC-TV), it premiered on 9 April 1976. It was filmed in Israel and Spain.

The Story of David was a kind of sequel to The Story of Jacob and Joseph (1974), also produced for ABC-TV (broadcast two years earlier) and involving many of the same cast and crew.

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