Veteran Director Dead at 90

Jan 3, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A TV and stage director whose many series credits included a long run in the 1960s on “Peyton Place” has died. The AP reports that Jeffrey Hayden died at home on Dec. 24 after undergoing treatment for cancer for a year. He was 90.

Hayden directed early live TV plays, with stars including James Dean and Paul Newman. He also directed Eva Marie Saint, who was Hayden’s wife.

He directed the early network TV color specials “Lady in the Dark” and “The Chocolate Soldier,” as well as “Philco Television Playhouse.” His other TV credits included “The Andy Griffith Show,” ”Leave it to Beaver,” ”77 Sunset Strip,” ”Cagney and Lacey,” ”Magnum, P.I” and many others.

“Hayden produced and directed 1991’s ‘Primary Colors: The Story of Corita,’ about a former nun who became an artist, and directed 1996’s ‘Children in America’s Schools with Bill Moyers,'” the AP reports. “In the theater, Hayden directed Saint in plays including ‘Summer and Smoke,’ ”Desire Under the Elms’ and ‘The Country Girl.'”

Hayden and Saint married in 1951. He is survived by Saint, who is now 92.

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