Bruce Geller

Bruce Bernard Geller (October 13, 1930 – May 21, 1978) was an American lyricist, screenwriter, director, and television producer.

Bruce Geller
Bruce Bernard Geller

October 13, 1930
DiedMay 21, 1978 (aged 47)
Cause of deathPlane crash
Alma materYale University
Known forMission: Impossible & Mannix
Jeannette Marx (m. 1953)

Life and education

Geller was born in New York City, the son of Dorothy (Friedlander) and General Sessions Judge Abraham N. Geller.[3] Geller graduated from Yale University in 1952, where he had studied psychology and sociology and was involved in many activities including theater.[1]


He pursued a career writing scripts for shows on the DuMont Television Network including Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop (1953) and others. He also wrote the book and lyrics for musical theatre productions including Livin' the Life (1957) and All in Love (1961), but his efforts met with only modest success. Geller left New York for Los Angeles, where he was employed writing scripts for episodes of several television series, including Zane Grey Theater, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Rebel, and The Rifleman. He also worked as the co-executive producer of the Rawhide series for the 1964-1965 television season.

While producing Rawhide, he developed the idea for a new "cloak-and-dagger" series, Mission: Impossible.[1]

In 1966, Geller created, wrote, produced, and directed Mission: Impossible, the accomplishment for which he is best remembered. The show ran on CBS from 1966 to 1973 and earned him an Emmy Award in 1966 as producer plus another for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama. During the first season, a photograph of Geller was included in the dossier of Impossible Missions Force agents that IMF leader Dan Briggs perused each week and was often visible on screen (such as in the episodes "Memory" and "Operation Rogosh"). The series was revived in 1988 and aired until 1990 on ABC.

Geller also wrote, produced, and directed for the popular Mannix TV series, which was twice nominated for an Emmy Award. In 1973, he made his only venture into feature films, producing and directing Harry in Your Pocket starring James Coburn and Walter Pidgeon.


A flying enthusiast, Bruce Geller died when the Cessna Skymaster he was piloting ran into fog and crashed into Buena Vista Canyon near Santa Barbara, California.[4] He is interred in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


  1. ^ a b c "Finding Aid for the Bruce Geller Papers, 1957-1976", UCLA Performing Arts Special Collection/Online Archive of California (California Digital Library)
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times
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  4. ^ NTSB Accident Report

External links

19th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 19th Emmy Awards, later known as the 19th Primetime Emmy Awards, were handed out on June 4, 1967, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by Joey Bishop and Hugh Downs. Winners are listed in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The top show of the night was Mission: Impossible, which won three major awards. Don Knotts won his fifth Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy. This record still stands.

Bruce Miller (producer)

Bruce Miller is an American television writer and producer. He is best known known for Eureka (2006), The 100 (2014) and The Handmaid's Tale (2017). For his work on the latter series, he won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, which makes it the first series on a streaming platform to win an "Outstanding Series" Emmy.

Harry in Your Pocket

Harry in Your Pocket is a 1973 comedy-drama film, written by James Buchanan and Ronald Austin and directed by Bruce Geller, starring James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin, Trish Van Devere and Walter Pidgeon.

The movie was filmed in Victoria, British Columbia, Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington with the then-mayor of Seattle, Wes Uhlman contributing a cameo appearance.

Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop

Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop is an American crime show that aired on the DuMont Television Network from May 8 to July 3, 1953. The show starred William Redfield, later Conrad Janis, in the title role of Jimmy Hughes. The series was written by Bruce Geller, later famous as the creator of the TV series Mission: Impossible.

List of Mannix episodes

The following is a list of episodes for the detective television series Mannix which aired from 1967 to 1975 in the United States on the CBS television network. The title character, Joe Mannix, is an Armenian-American private investigator played by Mike Connors (who was also of Armenian heritage). Mannix was created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller (who also created Mission: Impossible).


Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He was played by Mike Connors.

Please Don't Eat the Babies

Please Don't Eat the Babies (also known as Island Fury) is a 1983 American horror and thriller film directed by Bruce Geller. This film has been music composed by Larry Wolff. The film starring Elizabeth Monet, Tanya Louise, Michael Wayne, Mike Jacobs, Joe Lombardo and Ross Hamilton in the lead roles.

Rawhide (TV series)

Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. The show aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959, to September 3, 1965, before moving to Tuesday nights from September 14, 1965, until January 4, 1966, with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes. The series was produced and sometimes directed by Charles Marquis Warren, who also produced early episodes of Gunsmoke.

Spanning seven and a half years, Rawhide was the sixth-longest-running American television Western, exceeded only by eight years of Wagon Train, nine years of The Virginian, fourteen years of Bonanza, eighteen years of Death Valley Days, and twenty years of Gunsmoke.

The Dick Powell Show

The Dick Powell Show is an American anthology series that ran on NBC from 1961 to 1963, primarily sponsored by the Reynolds Metals Company. It was hosted by longtime film star Dick Powell until his death from lung cancer on January 2, 1963, then by a series of guest hosts (under the revised title The Dick Powell Theater) until the series ended. The first of these hosts was Gregory Peck, who began the January 8 program with a tribute to Powell, recognizing him as "a great and good friend to our industry." Peck was followed by fellow actors such as Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Glenn Ford, Charles Boyer, Jackie Cooper, Rock Hudson, Milton Berle, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Robert Taylor, Steve McQueen, David Niven, Danny Thomas, Robert Wagner, and John Wayne.

The Rough Riders (TV series)

The Rough Riders is an American Western television series set in the West after the American Civil War. It aired on ABC for the 1958-1959 television season. It was produced by Ziv Television.

The Savage Bees

The Savage Bees is a 1976 American made-for-television horror film directed by Bruce Geller. The plot of the film is that a boat from Brazil lands in New Orleans, Louisiana with the entire crew dead. The coroner advises the Sheriff that the cause of the crew’s death was from bee stings. The Sheriff and an entomologist start a hunt to locate the bee hive and destroy it prior to Mardi Gras.

The Triangle (miniseries)

The Triangle is a three-part US-British-German science fiction miniseries concerning the Bermuda Triangle, which first aired on Sci-Fi Channel in the US December 5–7, 2005. It was written by Dean Devlin, Bryan Singer and Rockne S. O'Bannon, directed by Craig R. Baxley, and produced by special effects experts Volker Engel and Marc Weigert, together with Kelly Van Horn, for Devlin's and Singer's production companies Electric Entertainment and Bad Hat Harry Productions, the BBC, and Engel's and Weigert's production company Uncharted Territory.

The Westerner (TV series)

The Westerner is a highbrow American Western series that aired on NBC from September 30 to December 30, 1960. Created, written and produced by Sam Peckinpah, who also directed some episodes, the series was a Four Star Television production. The Westerner stars Brian Keith as amiable, unexceptional cowhand/drifter Dave Blassingame, and features John Dehner as rakish Burgundy Smith, who appeared in three episodes.

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