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Luther James
Luther James
Credits
Position Director
Biographical Information
Birthdate August 8, 1928
Birthplace New York, New York, United States
Death Date February 5, 2006 (age 77)
Death Place Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Luther James was a director on Bewitched. He directed three episodes for the series (1968-1970).

Biography[]

Luther James was a writer, director and drama professor. He was born on August 8, 1928, in Harlem, New York.

James started his career as an actor on the New York stage. He graduated from the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research and then joined the faculty of the school. He wrote and directed more than fifty stage productions including “Sophisticated Ladies” and “The Amen Corner” by James Baldwin.

He was one of the first minority studio and network executives to integrate the television industry in the 1960s, with directing credits on “Police Story,” “Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “Bill Cosby Show,” “Bewitched” and “Julia.” He was also producer of anthology drama series “On Being Black,” (1968-1970). He also served as production executive and supervisor of CBS shows including “Mission Impossible,” “Wild Wild West,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Lucy Show” and “Andy Griffith,” and worked in production on “Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Jericho” and “Dr. Kildare.”

A longtime acting teacher and drama professor, he taught for twenty years at The University of California at San Diego as well as at Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles and Portland State University. Luther was recruited during the 1950s by Lee Strasberg to join the Actors Studio and also taught at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles, Negro Ensemble Company in New York and Frank Silvera’s Theatre of Being Workshop in Los Angeles.

His wide-ranging career also included teaching and producing stints in South Africa, Uganda and Brazil.

Luther James died on February 5, 2006, in Los Angeles, at age 77. He was survived by his wife, Thelma James, one sister, one brother, two children and one granddaughter.[2]

Episodes[]

  • Is It Magic or Imagination?
  • Mona Sammy
  • You're So Agreeable

External Link[]

References[]

  1. Luther James on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 27, 2019.
  2. Variety Staff. "Luther James", People News, Variety, February 21, 2006. Retrieved on March 9, 2022, edited.
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