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Barnet Kellman (born November 9, 1947) is an American television and film director,[2] television producer and film actor.

Barnet Kellman
Born (1947-11-09) November 9, 1947 (age 71)[1]
EducationColgate University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Union Institute and University (PhD)
OccupationFilm director, television producer, actor
Years active1980–present



Kellman, who was born and raised in New York City,[1] he attended the Colgate University and the Yale School of Drama, eventually earning his PhD. from Union Institute at Antioch.[3] Kellman got his start in the early 1980s as a director for soap operas such as the NBC-TV daytime soap opera series Another World and CBS's As the World Turns.[1] Kellman used the skills he learned on set to become a regular director of many hugely successful TV sitcoms of the 1990s. He was the main director for the CBS-TV sitcom series Murphy Brown from 1988 to 1992, and won Emmy Awards in 1990 and 1992 for his work.[1][3]

After Murphy Brown's cancellation, he bounced all over the industry, directing pilots and helming entire episodes of other successful sitcoms and dramas, such as NBC's Mad About You, CBS's Designing Women, and Felicity. Kellman finally made the directorial leap to the big screen with 1992's "Straight Talk," starring Dolly Parton as a sultry, wise-cracking DJ. Kellman is still actively working on television series in Hollywood, and has recently directed episodes for and/or produced for sitcoms George Lopez, E.R., Ally McBeal, My Boys and 8 Simple Rules.[3][1]

Kellman made his feature film directorial debut with the 20th Century Fox screen adaptation of Key Exchange which starred Brooke Adams. He went on to direct Dolly Parton and James Woods in the comedy film Straight Talk for Disney (1992), and Stinkers for Sony Pictures.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Barnet Kellman - Biography". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (August 14, 1985). "Key Exchange (1985) SCREEN: 'KEY EXCHANGE,' A COMEDY". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c d "Directory Profile - Barnet Kellman, PhD". USC Cinematic Arts ( weblink. Retrieved January 8, 2017.

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