A director who started in TV and went on to a career helming feature films has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rod Daniel died Saturday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.
Daniel directed the 1985 Michael J. Fox feature “Teen Wolf,” following up on that success with “Like Father Like Son” in 1987, “K-9” in 1989, “The Super” in 1991 and “Beethoven’s 2nd” in 1993, among other projects. He directed the ABC TV movie “Home Alone 4” in 2002.
Early in his career, he directed episodes of a number of TV shows, including a run on CBS’s “WKRP in Cincinnati.” He also helmed installments of “Newhart,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
THR quotes Daniel in a 2011 interview with the Chicago Tribune, talking about getting the “Teen Wolf” directing job, saying that Fox had been interviewing potential directors and asked them what the movie was about. “While everyone else said, ‘A werewolf,’ Daniel’s reply was, ‘It’s about a father and son,'” the report notes.