Gary Nelson, Director Of ‘Freaky Friday’ And ‘Get Smart,’ Dies At 87

Gary Nelson, director of movies like “Freaky Friday” and TV’s “Get Smart,” died in Las Vegas on Might 25, his son informed The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

Following within the footsteps of his father, Sam Nelson — who labored on cinematic classics equivalent to “All the King’s Men” and “Some Like It Hot” — Gary Nelson began his profession within the Nineteen Fifties as an assistant director for iconic films like “Rebel Without a Cause” and John Ford’s “The Searchers.”

He turned a correct director in 1962, helming varied Westerns for tv. Nelson met his future spouse, actor Judi Meredith, on the set of the sequence “Have Gun – Will Travel,” in line with Slashfilm.

He went on to make among the most well-known TV exhibits of the last decade, together with “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gunsmoke.” Whereas filming “Gilligan’s Island,” writers dubbed Nelson “The Iceman” as a result of they might hardly ever get him to crack a smile.

He turned a wunderkind for Disney because the director of 23 episodes of “Get Smart,” which parodied the then-popular style of spy fiction, in line with ComicBook.com.

Within the Seventies, Nelson would make the comedy “Freaky Friday,” starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster as a mom and daughter who miraculously swap our bodies in a single day. The profitable movie would get a remake in 2003 with a special director and a brand new solid that includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Nelson additionally created the very first PG-rated movie. 1979′s “The Black Hole,” which starred Maximilian Schell, noticed one crew of astronauts encounter one other as each skilled the titular phenomenon firsthand.

The director, whose demise from pure causes was saved quiet till this week, is survived by Garrett and Blue Nelson, his sons. Meredith, his partner of 52 years, died in 2014.