A prolific TV and film director who racked up a long string of credits in a career going back to the early 1950s has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ted Post, who directed Clint Eastwood in the series "Rawhide" and in films including "Magnum Force," died Tuesday at 95.
Post directed 56 episodes of CBS’s "Gunsmoke" as well as 90 episodes of the ABC soap "Peyton Place." The versatile director also helmed the 1981 pilot for the classic CBS police show "Cagney & Lacey," and the 1973 free love movie "The Harrad Experiment."
He received an Emmy nomination for best direction in 1955 for an episode of the CBS series "Waterfront."
Post started out in television in the early 1950s, working on anthologies such as "Armstrong Circle Theatre," "The Ford Television Theatre" and "Schlitz Playhouse." In the 1960s, he specialized in TV Westerns, including "Rawhide," "The Rifleman" and "Wagon Train." He also directed a number of episodes of the classic TV shows "Combat!" and "Twilight Zone."
His relationship with Eastwood, who played Rowdy Yates on CBS’s "Rawhide," soured during filming of the 1973 film "Magnum Force," which featured Eastwood reprising his "Dirty Harry" role as Harry Callahan. Post later said in an interview that Eastwood was "feeling his oats as a budding director. He made editorial changes without consulting me.”
During the 1970s and 1980s, Post directed episodes of series including "Columbo" and miniseries such as "Rich Man, Poor Man." His last directing credit was the 1999 low-budget movie "4 Faces," the report notes.