1-27 Happy birthday to the late Marc Daniels, Born: January 27, 1912 and passed away on April 23, 1989.
Marc Daniels, born Daniel “Danny” Marcus, was a director of many Star Trek: The Original Series episodes. Credited with a total of fourteen episodes (if counting “The Menagerie, Part I” and “The Menagerie, Part II” as a single episode), he is tied with Joseph Pevney in directing the most number of episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series. He also wrote an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, although he had only one other writing credit in his long television career. Daniels also wrote an undeveloped story outline, entitled “The Beast” for Star Trek: The Original Series. His work on Star Trek: The Original Series garnered him one Hugo Award and an additional three nominations.
Earlier in his career, Daniels directed the first thirty-eight episodes of I Love Lucy, which started a long association he had with Lucille Ball and Desilu. In 1961, he directed an episode (“In the Highest Tradition”) of Gene Roddenberry’s The Lieutenant. In 1974, he directed a failed pilot written by Roddenberry and entitled Planet Earth.
Besides this, during his forty-one-year career as a television director, Daniels helmed episodes of such series as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gunsmoke, Ben Casey, Mission: Impossible, Bonanza, Hogan’s Heroes, Kung Fu and Barnaby Jones.
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