#23 – Television & Film Director Jerry London: From “I Love Lucy” to “Shogun”

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Jerry London

Jerry London

Director Jerry London is one of Hollywood’s most esteemed film directors. With hundreds of primetime television series, movies, and mega-miniseries to his credit, Jerry tells how he broke into show business as an apprentice film editor on I Love Lucy, and what it was like “paying dues” working on The Untouchables and The Danny Thomas Show.

Listen right now!

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Jerry has great stories about working closely with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, including his “day at the races” with some major Hollywood stars.

Early mentors

Early mentors

With a serious work ethic and great creative instincts, Jerry worked alongside producer Ed Feldman, and mentored a young assistant who would become Steven Spielberg’s editor.

Jerry and Clint Eastwood

Jerry and Clint Eastwood

Jerry describes his early directing gigs on shows like Hogan’s Heroes, Happy Days, and Love, American Style, where he made a daring creative decision that put him in the limelight and propelled his career forward onto nearly every hit show in Hollywood, including The Rockford Files, Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Barreta.

The biggest mini-series of all time!

The biggest mini-series of all time!

From directing TV series non-stop, Jerry then graduated to movies and miniseries, ultimately becoming the creative force behind such memorable productions as The Scarlet and the Black, Chicago Story, Women in White, Escapade, Wheels, and the longest, most critically acclaimed miniseries of its time, Shogun.

Richard Burton, Faye Dunaway, Jerry London

Richard Burton, Faye Dunaway, Jerry London

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry London’s behind-the-scenes stories, his advice to aspiring filmmakers, and his personal impressions of the many stars he worked with (Burt Reynolds, Doris Day, Angie Dickenson, Rock Hudson, Lee Remick, James Garner, Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Richard Chamberlain), make this an episode you won’t forget!

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