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Paul Wendkos
Born September 20, 1922
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died November 12, 2009
Malibu, California

Paul Wendkos (September 20, 1922; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 12, 2009; Malibu, California) was an American television and film director.

Wendkos's feature films include The Burglar [1], Because They're Young, Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome, The Mephisto Waltz, and Guns of the Magnificent Seven. In addition to dozens of television movies, he directed episodes of Playhouse 90, Alcoa Theatre, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, The Rifleman, Mr. Novak, Honey West, The Big Valley, I Spy, The Invaders and Hawaii Five-O. From 1970 until his retirement in 1999, Wendkos specialized in made-for-television movies.

Wendkos was cited by film critic Andrew Sarris in his book The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968. He is also cited, along with many other directors, in The American Vein: Directors and Directions in Television by Christopher Wicking and Tise Vahimagi, Talisman Books (England), 1979, and E.P. Dutton (United States), 1979; Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 79-52675.

Wendkos was ill for several years following a stroke. He died on November 12, 2009 in Malibu, California.[1]


  1. ^ Frank Swertlow, The Wrap —'Gidget' Director Paul Wendkos Dies (Retrieved 2009-11-13)

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