Rodney Amateau (December 20, 1923 – June 29, 2003) was an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer.

Rod Amateau
Rodney Amateau

(1923-12-20)December 20, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 29, 2003(2003-06-29) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesRodney Amateau
OccupationFilm and television screenwriter, director, and producer
Years active1950–1989
(m. 1945; div. 1949)

Sandra Burns
(m. 1959; div. 1962)


Among the programs that he directed were The Dennis Day Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, Gilligan's Island, The Bob Cummings Show and The New Phil Silvers Show. He produced My Mother the Car and Supertrain, and wrote the story for the 1988 film Sunset. Amateau also directed a few episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard, and appeared in a handful of episodes as an actor as well.

In 1987, he directed, produced and co-wrote The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, which is considered to be one of the worst films ever made.

Personal lifeEdit

From 1945 to 1949, he was married to actress Coleen Gray, who sued him for child support in 1955.[1] From 1959 to 1962, he was married to Sandra Burns, daughter of George Burns and Gracie Allen.[2]

Retirement and deathEdit

Amateau retired from directing in 1989. He died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003 in Los Angeles, aged 79.[3]



Year Title Director Producer Writer
1952 The Bushwhackers
1969 Hook, Line & Sinker
1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You
1971 The Statue
1972 Where Does It Hurt?
1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
1976 Drive-In
1978 The Seniors
1979 Son of Hitler
1984 Lovelines
1987 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
1988 Sunset


Year Title
1955–1959 The Bob Cummings Show
1956–1958 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1959–1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
1961–1966 Mister Ed
1963–1964 The New Phil Silvers Show
1965–1966 My Mother the Car
1965-1966 O.K. Crackerby
1979–1985 The Dukes of Hazzard
1979 Supertrain
1983 High School U.S.A.


  1. ^ "Coleen Gray profile". Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Sandra Burns profile,; accessed April 6, 2017.
  3. ^ McLellan, Dennis (July 2, 2003). "Rod Amateau, 79; Writer, Director, Producer of Sitcoms, Feature Films". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2015.

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