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Ted Post (March 31, 1918 – August 20, 2013) was an American director of film and television.[1] Highly prolific, Post directed numerous episodes of well-known television series including Rawhide, Gunsmoke, and The Twilight Zone as well as blockbuster films such as Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Magnum Force.

Ted Post
Born(1918-03-31)March 31, 1918
DiedAugust 20, 2013(2013-08-20) (aged 95)
OccupationFilm director
Television director
Thelma Post
(m. 1940)
Children2, including Robert C. Post



Early life and careerEdit

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Post started his career in 1938 working as an usher at Loew's Pitkin Theater.[citation needed] He abandoned plans to become an actor after training with Tamara Daykarhanova, and turned to directing summer theatre. Post taught Acting and Drama at New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1950. He persuaded his friend, Sidney Lumet, to do likewise.[citation needed]

Television seriesEdit

Success in the theater led to work in television from the early 1950s. Post directed episodes of many series including Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, Columbo and 178 episodes of Peyton Place. He also directed TV films (including the original Cagney and Lacey film-of-the-week).[citation needed]


He also directed feature films, including Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Go Tell the Spartans and two Clint Eastwood films Hang 'Em High and Magnum Force.[2]

Post directed the 2001–02 Festival of the Arts at the Bel-Air University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University).[citation needed]


Post died at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, California on August 20, 2013.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Ted Post". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Sayre, Nora (1973-12-26). "'Magnum Force': Police Story Is Sequel to 'Dirty Harry'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ McLellan, Dennis (August 20, 2013). "Ted Post dies at 95; veteran TV and movie director". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Tribune Co. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 21 August 2013.

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