Monday, January 26, 2009

RIP Kim Manners

Kim Manners, producer and director of such TV series as “The X Files” and “Supernatural” died on January 25, 2009 of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California.

Manners who grew up in a showbiz family as his father Sam shared production credits on such TV series as “The Wild Wild West” and “Route 66”. Kim did some acting as a child and was featured in a Chevrolet commercial at the age of three. He also would appear in the TV series “Rin Tin Tin” directed by William Beaudine Sr. Beaudine inspired Manners, his brother Kelly and sister Tana to become directors. Kim made his directorial debut in 1978 on a “Charlie’s Angels” episode. Before this he had worked as a unit production manager and assistant director on several projects. He would go on to direct such TV series as “21 Jump Street”, “Mission: Impossible”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Baywatch”, “The Commish” and “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”

Manners then signed on to produce and direct “The X-Files” during the shows second season. The show was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. He then went on to direct several small projects before signing on to direct and produce “Supernatural” in 2005. He learned he had lung cancer after the beginning of the fourth season.

Kim Manners was an assistant director on the 1971 Spaghetti Western “Valdez is Coming”.

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