Alan Rafkin
Alan Rafkin
Alan Rafkin directed three Season 1 episodes of I Dream of Jeannie.
General Information:
Sex: Male
Date of birth: (1928-07-23)23 July 1928
Born in: New York City
Died: 6 August 2001(2001-08-06) (aged 73)
Died in: Los Angeles
Series/character information
Appeared on/in: I Dream of Jeannie
Number of
directed three episodes in Season 1

Alan Rafkin (23 July 1928 - 6 August 2001) was an Emmy Award-winning television director, producer, and actor. He directed three Season 1 episodes of I Dream of Jeannie: "G.I. Jeannie", "Jeannie and the Marriage Caper", and "Guess What Happened on the Way to the Moon?"


Born in New York City, Rafkin attended Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, New Jersey.

Alan Rafkin was one of the most prolific sitcom directors of all time, directing such series as The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Murphy Brown, Get Smart, and Coach.

According to his autobiography Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow (its title is taken from a direction on Captain Kangaroo), Rafkin directed episodes of over 80 different sitcom series. He won an Emmy Award for an episode of One Day at a Time and two CableACE Awards for his work on It's Garry Shandling's Show.[1] During his career he worked with legendary producers such as Sheldon Leonard, Danny Thomas, and Norman Lear. Rafkin had endearing relationships with many of his actors including Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart and Redd Foxx. At the same time he had volatile relationships with several others including Demond Wilson and Craig T. Nelson.[2]

Selected Filmography

As director:


  1. "Alan Rafkin, 73, a Top Director Of Popular Television Comedies". The New York Times. 12 August 2001. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. Bogdanovich, Peter (8 February 1999). "TV Curmudgeon Alan Rafkin … Ahhh, Garbo! … Woody-Frasier Reunion … A Hole in the Head?". The New York Observer. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 

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