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Jack Arnold
Jack Arnold

Jack Arnold

Vital Information
Name: Jack Arnold
Birthname: Jack Arnold Waks
Born: (1916-10-14)14 October 1916
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Died: 17 March 1992(1992-03-17) (aged 75)
deathplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Career Information
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Betty Arnold (? - 17 March 1992) (his death)
Children: Two daughters, Susan Arnold Jacobson (casting director Susan Arnold) and Kathy Arnold
Character/Series involvement
Series inolved with: The Brady Bunch
Job with series: Directed 15 episodes from Seasons 2-5

Jack Arnold (14 October 1916[1] - 17 March 1992) was an American actor, film and television director. He is best known as one of the leading filmmakers of 1950s science fiction films. He directed fifteen episodes of The Brady Bunch, beginning with the Season 2 episode "The Un-Underground Movie"; the last episode which he directed, "The Hair-Brained Scheme", also happened to be the final episode of the series.

Life and Career[]

Born Jack Arnold Waks in New Haven, Connecticut, as a child he read a lot of science fiction, which laid the foundations for his genre films of the 1950s.

During World War II, Arnold had intended to become a pilot but was instead placed in the Signal Corps. While there, he learned the techniques of film making from Robert Flaherty.[2]

Arnold directed a number of 1950s science fiction films. The best known of these, It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Tarantula (1955), and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) are noted for their atmospheric black-and-white cinematography and sophisticated scripts. Later, he worked as the director of The Mouse That Roared (1959), in which Peter Sellers played three roles, one of them in drag.

Arnold began his television career in 1955 with several episodes of Science Fiction Theater. He went on to direct the long-running television series Perry Mason and Peter Gunn. He also directed episodes of such television shows as Alias Smith and Jones, The Fall Guy, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, Wonder Woman, Mr. Terrific, Mr. Lucky, and The San Pedro Beach Bums, as well as the 1980 TV movie Marilyn: The Untold Story.

Arnold died of arteriosclerosis in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 75.

Awards and Nominations[]

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1951 Nominated Academy Award Best Documentary, Features With These Hands Shared with Lee Goodman
1985 Won Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films President's Award


  2. Starlog #3 Jack Arnold Interview

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