Veteran TV Director Dies — He Also Helmed the Last Elvis Presley Movie

September 30, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A director who racked up a string of TV and feature film credits over a career spanning six decades — including directing the 1969 movie "Change of Habit," Elvis Presley’s final film — has died.

The Los Angeles Times reports that William A. Graham, who directed the pilots for "Police Story" and "The Big Valley," died Sept. 12 at 87.

Graham died of complications from pneumonia, the report notes, citing his wife, Janet.

After studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, Graham started in TV by directing segments of anthology programs such as "Kraft Theatre." He went on to direct episodes of many series, including "The X-Files," "The Fugitive," "Twelve O’Clock High" and "Batman."

Graham also directed a number of feature films, including "Waterhole No. 3," "Return to Blue Lagoon" and "Where the Lilies Bloom."

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