Previously , we talked about the actors who made us laugh and then directed. Now with brilliant shows like “Mad Men” and summer’s surprise, “The Divide.” , many of the actors who play on television currently on dramatic shows have been on the other side of the camera as director .
Besides being married to TV’s Laura , Jonathan Frakes has directed many episodes from the “Star Trek” franchise. Currently he has directed an episode from the ABC hit “Castle” and also the TNT show “Falling Skies.”
Eric McCormack earned his tv fame for playing Will Truman on “Will and Grace” , now he continues on as the brilliant Daniel Pierce on TNTs “Perception” Using his mind to solve crimes, McCormack has joined the fraternity of actors who have directed their own series.
Kevin McKidd has been a part of the Grey’s family for quite a few years now. He has a fantastic singing voice that he got to use in the musical episode. He has also directed at least seven episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” where he portrays Dr. Owen Hunt.
As Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy”, Chandra Wilson knew how to control her interns. She has taken that knowledge to heart by directing at least ten episodes of GA.
Debbie Allen is no stranger to either side of the camera. She has directed from “A Different World” to her own show “Fame” Currently she appears as Catherine Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy” . She has directed GA as well as sister show “Scandal.”
Mark Feuerstein and Paolo Costanzo not only play the brothers Lawson on the USA show “Royal Pains” , they have each taken over the director’ s chair on the drama.
As Roger and the infamous Don Draper, Jon Hamm and John Slattery are partners in directing as well. They have both taken turns directing the AMC soon to be classic “Mad Men.” The show is in its final season.
Patrick Duffy is a television legend. He is one of the original cast members who proudly still portrays Bobby Ewing on the TNT series “Dallas” Patrick directed on the original series as well as his 90’s comedy “Step by Step.”
Linda has her television hubby to thank for her venturing into the world of directing. She was tutored by the late Larry Hagman before she made her directing debut on “Dallas” She is still playing the tortured Sue Ellen Ewing on the TNT Classic “Dallas”
Laura Innes is really true to her Chicago roots. She graduated from Northwestern University, went on to star as Dr. Kerry Weaver on “ER” and also directed the series. I had the pleasure of being directed by this all business girl. She has also directed “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” “The West Wing” and most recently “Grey’s Anatomy”
Mariska Hargitay of Law and Order SVU is truly a power woman. As well as playing the tough but tender detective Olivia Benson , she has been at the director’s helm at least once on her series.
Tony Goldwyn is truly the renaissance man of the moment in television. He is currently the producer of the new series on WE-TV “The Divide” as well as directing the first episode of the series. He is no stranger to the director’s chair with taking the helm of series like “Dexter”, “The L Word” “Private Practice” “Grey’s Anatomy” and of course his own series “Scandal” Hardest directing assignment ? Directing Kerry Washington in a love scene with him. He will direct the “gladiators” this season as well.
As the right hand man to the President , Cyrus Beane , Jeff has a finger in every body’s pie. It should come to no one ‘s surprise that he has directed as well . He directed the late great series “My So Called Life” and is also one of the founders of the world famous Steppenwolf Theatre here in Chicago.
Scott’s character may have spirited away the fair Olivia from Washington and her true love, but Scott Foley’ doesn’t have anything less than his competition. Scott has actually taken the lead in the upcoming movie “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife” . He stars, directs, and has written the movie in post production. Scott has directed “Felicity” and “Monk”
VP Elect Andrew Nichols, on “Scandal” has captured the First Lady’s heart , but Jon Tenney has also helmed behind the camera on his two former series . They are the TNT hits “Major Crimes” and “The Closer” .
Dan Bukatinsky was well known as a producer, writer, and director even before his Emmy winning role as “James” on “Scandal” He has served with the consulting producer title on “Grey’s Anatomy” for many years. He has also directed the Showtime series of pal Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” .He will also be a part of Lisa’s show “The Comeback.” on and off camera as well. The HBO show that was unjustly cancelled will be returning in November.
When the show “Private Practice” ended, Paul Adelstein had another job at Shondaland . He became Leo Bergen , Sally’s henchman during the election on “Scandal” Paul directed an episode of his series “Private Practice.” Didn’t know Paul was a Chicago boy.
Paul McCrane began his career with the song he sang in the movie “Fame” But then his career took him to the classic series “ER” as Dr Rocket Romano pursuing the beautiful Dr Elizabeth Corday. Following his demise, he has directed for ‘ER” “The West Wing” and most recently the “Scandal” episode titled “kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”He has also directed “Major Crimes” on TNT.
Anthony Edwards was the pal to Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” lead the “Revenge of the Nerds” and cemented his place in television history pre Greys as the “hospital” show as Dr Mark Greene on “ER” . His television death brought tears to my eyes. He directed four episodes of the series that lasted a record fifteen seasons.
Last but least to complete this list of drama’s best, we pay tribute to the director and mentor to many of his castmates, Larry Hagman who passed away recently. Larry was not only a director but served as executive producer. Many of today’s greats owe him because he paved the way. JR was truly a television legend , an original just like Larry.