|Leslie H. Martinson|
|Name:||Leslie H. Martinson|
|Birthname:||Leslie Halfblack Martinson|
|Born:||16 January 1915|
|Died:||3 November 2016(aged 101)|
|Occupation:||Film and television director|
|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. 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.
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.
- Barnes and Noble Biography
- David C. Tucker, Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2010, pp. 128-135. http://books.google.com/books?id=kCjT3AvbN5QC&pg=PA128&dq=%22The+Mickey+Rooney+Show%22&hl=en&ei=8397TfbIOMaD0QG42PXTAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22The%20Mickey%20Rooney%20Show%22&f=false. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
- "West Coast Jewish Theatre Board of Directors". westcoastjewishtheatre.org. http://www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org/Board%20Advisors.html. Retrieved 2008-11-10.