A prolific television director who helmed episodes of “The Monkees,” “That Girl,” “Columbo,” “Magnum, P.I.” and many other beloved TV shows in a career spanning five decades has died. The Desert Sun reports that James Frawley died Tuesday at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 82.
“His wife, Cynthia Frawley, said he fell and had a heart attack. But he hadn’t told friends he had a serious lung condition after many years of smoking cigarettes,” the paper reports.
Frawley won a Primetime Emmy in 1967 for directing “The Monkees,” the first of his four Emmy nominations. In addition to his extensive TV work, he also directed features, including “The Muppet Movie.”
The Desert Sun notes that he became famous in Hollywood for his saying, “Cut, print, yes!”
“Frawley started his career as an actor, making his Broadway debut with Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn in the Tony-nominated ‘Becket’ followed by ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ with Angela Lansbury, both in 1960,” the paper reports. “He also had a successful career as a producer, from the critically acclaimed ‘The Big Easy’ TV series of the late 1990s to ‘Judging Amy’ from 2002 to 2005.”
His extensive work on TV shows also included directing episodes of “Cagney & Lacey,” “Law & Order,” “Chicago Hope,” “Smallville,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” among many other shows.
Micky Dolenz of the Monkees was among the celebrities remembering Frawley on social media, sending out the tweet below …