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Bleckner, Jeff 1943–

PERSONAL

Full name, Jeffrey A. Bleckner; born August 12, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, NY; son of Jack S. and Etta (maiden name, Paluba) Bleckner; married Jeanne Hepple. Education: Amherst College, B.A., 1965; Yale University, M.F.A., drama, 1968.

Addresses: Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Producer and director. Yale University, New Haven, CT, drama teacher, 1965–68; Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, director, 1967–68.

Member: Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best director (dramatic), 1971, for Sticks and Bones; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing in a drama series, 1982, for "The World According to Freedom," Hill Street Blues; Emmy Award, 1983, and Directors Guild of America Award (with others), 1984, both outstanding directing in a drama series, for "Life in the Minors," Hill Street Blues; Emmy Award, outstanding directing in a limited series or special, 1984, for "Concealed Enemies," American Playhouse; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing in a limited series or special, 1985, and Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in dramatic specials, 1986, both for Do You Remember Love?; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding individual achievement in directing for a miniseries or special, 1995, for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding miniseries, 2000, and Directors Guild of America Award, outstanding directorial achievement in movies for television, 2001, both with others, both for The Beach Boys: An American Family; Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in movies for television, 2004, for "The Music Man," The Wonderful World of Disney.

CREDITS

Television Director; Series:

Knots Landing, CBS, between 1981 and 1982.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Mancuso F.B.I., NBC, 1989–90.

Lifestories, NBC, 1990.

The Round Table, NBC, 1992.

Television Supervising Producer; Series:

10-8: Officers on Duty (also known as 10-8 and 10-8: Police Patrol), ABC, 2003–2004.

Television Director; Miniseries:

Fresno, CBS, 1986.

Favorite Son (also known as Target: Favorite Son), NBC, 1988.

In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (also known as Bitter Blood), CBS, 1994.

The Beast (also known as Peter Benchley's "The Beast"), NBC, 1996.

The Beach Boys: An American Family, ABC, 2000.

Black River (also known as Dean Koontz's "Black River"), Fox, 2001.

Television Producer; Miniseries:

In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (also known as Bitter Blood), CBS, 1994.

Co-executive producer, The Beach Boys: An American Family, ABC, 2000.

Television Director; Movies:

Willow B: Women in Prison (also known as Cages), 1980.

Daddy, I'm Their Mama Now (also known as The Night Swimmers), 1981.

Brotherly Love, CBS, 1985.

Do You Remember Love?, CBS, 1985.

My Father, My Son, CBS, 1988.

Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (also known as Hostile Witness, In the Hands of the Enemy, Terrorist on Trial, and The Trial), CBS, 1988.

In Sickness and in Health (also known as Hearts on Fire), CBS, 1992.

Last Wish, ABC, 1992.

A Father for Charlie (also known as High Lonesome), CBS, 1995.

Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (also known as Serving in Silence), NBC, 1995.

The Advocate's Devil, ABC, 1997.

Blackout Effect (also known as 747), NBC, 1998.

Rear Window, ABC, 1998.

Flowers for Algernon (also known as Charlie), CBS, 2000.

Runaway Virus, ABC, 2000.

"The Music Man" (musical; also known as "Meredith Willson's 'The Music Man'"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2003.

NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323, ABC, 2004.

Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II, ABC, 2005.

Television Executive Producer with Others; Movies:

What Happened to Bobby Earl? (also known as Murder in a College Town), CBS, 1997.

Blackout Effect (also known as 747), NBC, 1998.

"The Music Man" (musical; also known as "Meredith Willson's 'The Music Man'"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2003.

Television Producer; Movies:

The Advocate's Devil, ABC, 1997.

(With others) Flowers for Algernon (also known as Charlie), CBS, 2000.

Runaway Virus, ABC, 2000.

Television Director; Specials:

Sticks and Bones, CBS, c. 1973.

3 by Cheever: O Youth and Beauty! (also known as O Youth and Beauty!), PBS, 1979.

When Your Lover Leaves, 1983.

"Concealed Enemies," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Pennsylvania Lynch," Visions, PBS, 1976.

"Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare," The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, CBS, 1977.

The Harvey Korman Show, ABC, 1978.

The Stockard Channing Show, CBS, 1980.

"La Strada," Breaking Away, ABC, 1981.

"Second Sight," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981.

"The Birthday Party," Secrets of Midland Heights, CBS, c. 1981.

"Blake's Blindness," Dynasty, ABC, 1982.

"Candy Doctor," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1982.

"Domestic Beef," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

"Fireworks," Lou Grant, CBS, 1982.

"Keepers of the Ring," King's Crossing, ABC, 1982.

"Santaclaustraphobia," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

"Steele Waters Run Deep," Remington Steele, NBC, 1982.

"The World According to Freedom," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

"Life in the Minors," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983.

The Family Tree, NBC, 1983.

"Ewe and Me, Babe," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Me & Mom, ABC, 1985.

"The Actress," Hothouse, ABC, 1988.

"Suspicious Minds," Mancuso F.B.I., ABC, 1988.

"I Cover the Waterfront," Mancuso F.B.I., NBC, 1989.

"Adamant Eve," Mancuso F.B.I., NBC, 1990.

The Round Table, NBC, 1992.

"Unfinished Symphony," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1998.

"Guilt," The Fugitive, CBS, 2000.

"The Damage Done," The Beast, ABC, 2001.

"Gun of a Son," 10-8: Officers on Duty (also known as 10-8 and 10-8: Police Patrol), ABC, 2003.

"Mercy, Mercy Me," 10-8: Officers on Duty (also known as 10-8 and 10-8: Police Patrol), ABC, 2003.

"Gypsy Road," 10-8: Officers on Duty (also known as 10-8 and 10-8: Police Patrol), ABC, 2004.

"Life in a Fishbowl," Summerland, The WB, 2004.

"A Couple of Choices," Medium, NBC, 2005.

"Tortured Souls," Boston Legal (also known as Fleet Street, The Practice: Fleet Street, and The Untitled Practice), ABC, 2005.

Directed episodes of Another World, NBC; Doc, CBS; Guiding Light, CBS; Mr. Dugan; and Welcome Back, Kotter, ABC; also directed "Road Trip," an unaired episode of Clubhouse, CBS.

Television Executive Producer; Episodic:

"Darryl Tevis," Lifestories, NBC, 1990.

Television Director; Pilots:

Honest Al's A-OK Used Car and Trailer Rental Tigers, syndicated, 1978.

Ryan's Four, ABC, 1983.

Things Are Looking Up, CBS, 1984.

New Year (also known as New Year's 1999), ABC, 1993.

(And producer) On Seventh Avenue (also known as 7th Avenue), NBC, 1996.

Gramercy Park, ABC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Behind the Scenes: The Music Man, 2002.

Film Director:

White Water Summer (also known as The Rites of Summer), Columbia, 1987.

Stage Director:

Little Malcolm and His Struggle against the Eunuchs, Experimental Theatre, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1967.

Coriolanus, 1968.

The Unseen Hand [and] Forensic and the Navigators (double-bill), Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1970.

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1971.

Sticks and Bones, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1971–72, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Old Times, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1972.

The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Mark Taper Forum, 1972.

The Orphan, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1973.

The Death and Life of Jesse James, Mark Taper Forum, 1974.

The Father, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1975.

FDR, Washington, DC, 1977.

The Goodbye People, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1979.