Michael Terrance Caffey (born July 14, 1930[1] in San Francisco, California – May 5, 2017[citation needed]) was an American movie and television director.[2][3]

Michael Caffey
Michael Terrance Caffey

(1930-07-14)July 14, 1930
San Francisco, California
DiedMay 3, 2017(2017-05-03) (aged 86)
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1966–1995

Early lifeEdit

Michael's parents were Benjamin Franklin Caffey (1902–1983[4][5]) and Verna Marguerite Caffey (1905–1972[6]).

Personal lifeEdit

Michael Caffey married Ann Gorey in 1949. Together they have 13 children. One of his children is Charlotte Caffey an American rock and roll guitarist and songwriter, best known for her work in the Go-Go's in the 1980s, including writing "We Got the Beat." He is also the father in law of the Redd Kross singer and guitarist, Jeff McDonald. Another child is Thomas Caffey who composes music for films. Thomas' most recent work was the trailer for 10,000 BC. One of his youngest children is Joyce Caffey who owns Ultrasonic Music in Los Angeles, California.

Michael Caffey owned Bird Rock Island.[7][8] The Island surrounds Bird Rock State Marine Conservation Area.

Film careerEdit

"He began his career as an editor on The Ten Commandments and doing a 12-episode stint on the powerful World War II series "Combat!" from 1966 to 1967. He worked on several other shows, including the mystery show "Ironside" with Raymond Burr as a paralyzed detective, before doing eight episodes of the popular western show "The Virginian" from 1968 to 1971. In the early 1970s, Caffey directed a few television movies and kept busy with 10 episodes of the doctor drama "Medical Center" from 1971 to 1974. In the mid-'70s, Caffey directed Karl Malden and a young Michael Douglas in three episodes of the cop show "The Streets of San Francisco", and in 1977, he moved in a more fantasy-driven direction when he did a few episodes of "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman", starring Lynda Carter as the superhero. Caffey did directing duties on shows such as "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "T.J. Hooker" before settling into a long run of episodes of "MacGyver"."[9]

He was the Director of the following television shows: B.J. and the Bear, Barnaby Jones, Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, Chicago Story, Dan August, Freebie and the Bean, Hagen, Grandpa Goes to Washington, Hawaii Five-O, Here's Boomer, It Takes a Thief, Kingston: Confidential, Legend, Legmen, The Young Rebels, The Name of the Game, Garrison's Gorillas, Hondo, Judd for the Defense, M.A.N.T.I.S., Manhunter, Mannix, Search, Serpico, The Rookies, The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, The Interns, The Immortal, Sword of Justice, The Hardy Boys Mysteries, The Streets of San Francisco, Hawkeye, Guns of Paradise, Paradise, Cagney & Lacey, The Wizard, Simon & Simon The Adventures of Bricso County Jr., The Amazing Spider-Man, Cannon, The F.B.I., The Doctors, The Master, The Mod Squad, The Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Wild Wild West, Two Marriages, Enos, Kay O'Brien, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Paris 7000, The Gemini Man, Trapper John, M.D., Crazy Like A Fox, High Performance, CHiPs, T.J. Hooker, Time Express, Emergency Plus Four, Logan's Run, The Survivors, The Hanged Man, Seven in Darkness, The Devil and Miss Sarah and The Silent Gun.


  1. ^ Birthdate: 14 Jul 1930; Birth County: San Francisco, California Birth Index, 1905–1995
  2. ^ Staff, Hollywood.com (May 23, 2014). "Michael Caffey – Biography and Filmography – 1930".
  3. ^ TV.com. "Michael Caffey". TV.com.
  4. ^ Newspapers.com – The Los Angeles Times – 6 Oct 1983 – Page 82, Benjamin Caffey obituary
  5. ^ U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014
  6. ^ U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014
  7. ^ Beale, Lauren (December 10, 2010). "Michael Caffey has an island to sell near Catalina". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Wride, Nancy (September 2, 2003). "Rock for Sale; Ocean Views". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Michael Caffey Biography Hollywood