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Leslie H. Martinson
Leslie martinson
Vital Information
Name: Leslie H. Martinson
Birthname: Leslie Halfblack Martinson
Born: (1915-01-16)16 January 1915
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: 3 November 2016(2016-11-03) (aged 101)
deathplace: Los Angeles
Career Information
Occupation: Film and television director
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Connie Martinson
Character/Series involvement
Job with series: directed the episodes "What Goes Up..." (Season 2) and "The Cincinnati Kids" (Season 5)

Leslie H. "Les" Martinson (16 January 1915 - 3 September 2016) was a television and film director. He was married to television host and writer Connie Martinson. Les directed two episodes of The Brady Bunch, "What Goes Up..." in Season 2 and "The Cincinnati Kids" in Season 5.


Les, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, began directing TV western series in the early 1950s. His first feature film assignment was Republic Pictures' 1954 film, The Atomic Kid, a Mickey Rooney matinee vehicle.[1] Beginning with episodes of the series Conflict, Martinson became a prolific director for Warner Brothers Television.

In 1954 and 1955, he directed the first of Mickey Rooney's three failed situation comedy television series titled The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan.[2]

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Martinson continued directing feature films and episodic television including Maverick, PT 109, Temple Houston, Batman, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Diff'rent Strokes, and the made-for-TV movie Rescue from Gilligan's Island. During the 1980s, Martinson directed episodes of Harper Valley PTA, CHiPs, and Airwolf.

Martinson was President Emeritus of the West Coast Jewish Theatre.[3]


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