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Leslie H. Martinson

  • Birthplace: Boston, MA
  • Birthday: January 16
Date of passing: 
September 03, 2016

Leslie H. Martinson was a film and television director who logged more than 200 credits over the course of a career spanning more than three decades. In addition to episodes of dozens of TV series — including two installments of Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward — his notable projects included the 1966 feature film Batman: The Movie.

The Boston native got his start working for the Boston Free Trade and later moved to Los Angeles, where found a job at MGM Studios. There, he was a script supervisor on such films as Easter Parade and The Pirate.

Leslie H. Martinson was a film and television director who logged more than 200 credits over the course of a career spanning more than three decades. In addition to episodes of dozens of TV series — including two installments of Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward — his notable projects included the 1966 feature film Batman: The Movie.

The Boston native got his start working for the Boston Free Trade and later moved to Los Angeles, where found a job at MGM Studios. There, he was a script supervisor on such films as Easter Parade and The Pirate.

He began his directing career in television, during the live production era, on shows such as General Electric TheaterChevron Theatre and The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse. In the years that followed he also directed episodes of The Roy Rogers ShowColt .45MaverickHawaiian Eye77 Sunset StripRun for Your LifeCheyenneThe Courtship of Eddie's FatherIronsideMission: ImpossibleLove, American StyleThe Brady BunchRoom 222MannixBarnaby JonesQuincyDallasCHiPSBuck Rogers in the 25th CenturyDiff'rent StrokesSmall Wonder and many others.

In addition to Batman: The Movie, his feature credits included PT109Lad: A DogThe Atomic KidFor Those Who Think Young and Mrs. Polifax, Spy

His professional accolades included the Golden Gryphon Award from the Giffoni Film Festival for Batman, and a Golden Boot Award for his work in the Western genre.

Martinson died on September 3, 2016. He was 101 years old.

 

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