Variety

Director and Actor Dies — His Films Starred Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor … and He Appeared on ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Perry Mason’ and Many Other Shows

Aug 20, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A veteran film director whose movies starred screen icons including Clint Eastwood and Elizabeth Taylor has died. Variety reports that Brian G. Hutton is dead at 79.

Hutton directed Eastwood in two popular World War II movies, “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970). He also directed a pair of Elizabeth Taylor films, “X, Y and Zee” (1972) and “Night Watch” (1973).

After “Night Watch,” “Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation ‘The First Deadly Sin,’ starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detectice and Faye Dunaway as his dying wife,” the report notes. “His final directorial effort was the 1983 adventure romance ‘High Road to China,’ starring Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong.”

Hutton also racked up a long string of appearances as a TV actor, mainly in the 1950s and early 1960s. He made the rounds of the TV Westerns — “Gunsmoke,” “The Rifleman,” “Rawhide,” “Wagon Train” and others — and also appeared on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason,” “The Detectives” and other series.

His last acting appearance was on the TV show “Archer” in 1975. Hutton left show business in the 1980s and went into real estate.

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Brian G. Hutton on “The Rifleman”

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