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American filmmaker and actor

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  • It was like a big playpen for you.

    It was. I loved being a cast member, and I was allowed to be a cast member like everybody else. We had great directors who had all been actors. A guy named Bob Sweeney directed most of the first three seasons, and Sheldon Leonard, who was the executive producer, directed a bit, too. The episodes were like little movies. It was a single-camera show, so the directors were vitally important. The writers were around for the read-throughs on Thursdays, but the director really took over for the rehearsals on Fridays, and then we’d film on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It was a tremendous environment because although there was a lot of laughter, there was also a real keen sense of purpose.

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  • It was like a big playpen for you.

    It was. I loved being a cast member, and I was allowed to be a cast member like everybody else. We had great directors who had all been actors. A guy named Bob Sweeney directed most of the first three seasons, and Sheldon Leonard, who was the executive producer, directed a bit, too. The episodes were like little movies. It was a single-camera show, so the directors were vitally important. The writers were around for the read-throughs on Thursdays, but the director really took over for the rehearsals on Fridays, and then we’d film on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It was a tremendous environment because although there was a lot of laughter, there was also a real keen sense of purpose.

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  • Were you already working on The Andy Griffith Show then?

    I think so. At some point in the course of that show, I remember noticing that the director was the person who was interacting with everybody, and that looked interesting to me, because I liked what everybody did. I’d be sitting on the dolly, learning to turn the wheels and look through the viewfinder, or I’d be up talking to the sound guys learning how to guide the boom around the set.

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  • I often ask filmmakers if they remember when they first became aware that there was such a thing as a director, but in your case that seems kind of silly. You must have known pretty much all your life.

    It just seeped into my consciousness, I guess. But as a kid, even though I had been directed and I understood that there was someone called the director whom I’d interacted with, I don’t think I really understood it until I saw my father, Rance, directing a small Equity-waiver theater production in Los Angeles. I really saw him working with actors and shaping the scenes, and I began to put it together on a deeper level. Up till then, the director was just a person who told me where to stand.

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