A veteran television director who spent the bulk of his career with a wildly popular syndicated show has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Wheel of Fortune" director Mark Corwin died Thursday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 65.
Corwin helmed more than 2,000 episodes of the syndicated game show, and also directed some episodes of its companion show, "Jeopardy!" He worked as associate producer on "Wheel" before taking over the director’s role from Dick Carson, the younger brother of Johnny Carson, when Dick Carson retired, the story says.
The Merv Griffin-created show, which debuted in 1975, has had only three regular directors, the piece notes. Corwin shared in "Wheel’s" Daytime Emmy win in 2011 as outstanding game/audience participation show.
In an interview with DGA Quarterly magazine in 2006, Corwin said: "The game constantly changes. You never know what’s about to happen — it takes total concentration. I’ve never known a director who isn’t thinking five steps ahead."
"Mark made directing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ look easy, and it’s no simple task," executive producer Harry Friedman said. "He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with ‘Wheel,’ which he never took for granted."
Corwin started his career as a stage manager, and went on to work on shows including "Hollywood Squares," "Card Sharks" and "Jeopardy!"
"Wheel of Fortune" announced Corwin’s death from on location in Las Vegas, where it’s filming 30 episodes. A permanent director has not been announced to succeed Corwin.