TV Director Greg Garrison has Died

Legendary TV director Greg Garrison has died of pneumonia in his Los Angeles home. He was 81.</P><P>After growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Garrison joined the Army Air Force during World War II and spent time in a German prisoner-of-war camp.</P><P>Upon returning to America, Garrison got his big break directing "Your Show of Shows" in 1950.</P><P>As well as directing "The Milton Berle Show" and Ford Television Theatre, Garrison took charge of TV specials starring Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball and Bob Newhart.</P><P>Garrison directed Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on "Celebrity Roasts."</P><P>Funnyman Dom DeLuise, who was a frequent guest on Garrison’s "The Dean Martin Show," laments, "Greg was the man who said, ‘Just go for it. I trust you.’ You just listened as he told you what the plan was, and it was great.</P><P>"I’m sure he’s directing all the angels in heaven, saying, ‘One voice – mine.’"</P><P>Garrison directed the landmark 1960 presidential debate between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon.</P><P>He died on 25 March (05) in a Los Angeles suburb and is survived by his wife Judy.<BR></P>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.