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Iconic TV Director Found Dead

The entertainment world has lost another icon, as we report on the passing of Robert Butler, a masterful director who left an undeniable mark on television. Butler passed away on November 3 at the age of 95.

His incredible career in entertainment began as an usher at CBS and included iconic series such as “Star Trek,” “Batman” and “Moonlighting.”

A graduate of UCLA with a major in English, Butler earned his first credit as a director for an episode of the military comedy-drama “Hennesey” in 1959. Over the years he became known for directing pilot episodes for some of TV’s most beloved shows.

He received two Emmy Awards during his long career: one for “The Blue Knight” pilot in 1973 and another in 1981 for “Hill Street Blues.” The Directors Guild of America (DGA) honored him in 2015 with its Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his distinguished achievement in television direction.

Throughout his career, Butler directed episodes for numerous television shows including classic programs like “The Twilight Zone,” “The Fugitive, Mister Roberts,” and “The Waltons.” He also directed films and television movies like Disney’s “Guns In The Heather” (1969), “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” (1969), “The Barefoot Executive” (1971) and “Turbulence” (1997).

DGA President Lesli Linka Glatter praised Butler’s immense impact on television when she said: “Few directors have changed the face of television as much as Bob did—his impact on the medium is truly immeasurable and this loss to our Guild is deeply felt.”

Robert Butler was more than just a talented director – he was an innovator who changed the way people viewed television forever. His legacy will live on through all those who continue pushing boundaries within this industry that he devoted so much time to perfecting. We can only hope that future generations will be inspired by his work ethic and creativity.

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