E.W. Swackhamer
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E.W. Swackhamer in NY, circa 1990, directing pilot of Law and Order'
General Information:
Occupation: TV/Film Director and producer
Years active: 1961 to 1994
Birth name: Egbert Warnderink Swackhamer
Date of birth: (1927-01-17)17 January 1927
Born in: Middletown Township, New Jersey, US
Died: 5 December 1994(1994-12-05) (aged 67)
Died in: Berlin, Germany
Spouse(s): Actress Bridget Hanley (1966-1994) (his death)
Series/character information
Appeared on/in
and/or involved with:
I Dream of Jeannie
Job on series: Director, 5 episodes in Season 1

Egbert Warnderink "E. W." Swackhamer Jr. (17 January 1927 - 5 December 1994) was a television and film director.[1] E.W. directed five episodes of I Dream of Jeannie in its first season; "Where'd You Go-Go?", "Russian Roulette", "Too Many Tonys", "Get Me to Mecca on Time", and "The Richest Astronaut in the Whole Wide World".

Swackhamer's credits included M*A*S*H, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Bewitched, The Partridge Family and The Flying Nun. Of the 27 TV series pilots for directed by Swackhamer, 18 went into regular production, including Law & Order, Eight Is Enough, Quincy, M.E., S.W.A.T. and Nancy Drew.

Swackhamer was the stage manager for the original Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He went to Hollywood in 1961, after working on and off Broadway and for national companies as an actor], stage manager and director. Swackhamer received an Emmy Award for directing the six-hour mini-series The Dain Curse during the 1977-78 season.[2]

He was the father of Ten Eyck Swackhamer and Elizabeth Swackhamer with his first wife, Gretchen Shane. He married actress Bridget Hanley on 26 April 1969 and they had two daughters, Bronwyn (born 3 March 1971) and Meagan.[3] He was working as a director on Star Command at the time of his death, of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, 5 December 1994.


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