Gary Nelson, director of movies like “Freaky Friday” and TV’s “Get Sensible,” died in Las Vegas on Might 25, his son told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
Following within the footsteps of his father, Sam Nelson — who labored on cinematic classics equivalent to “All of the King’s Males” and “Some Like It Sizzling” — Gary Nelson began his profession within the Fifties as an assistant director for iconic films like “Insurgent With out a Trigger” and John Ford’s “The Searchers.”
He grew to become 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 Journey,” according to Slashfilm.
He went on to make a number of the most well-known TV reveals of the last decade, together with “The Andy Griffith Present” and “Gunsmoke.” Whereas filming “Gilligan’s Island,” writers dubbed Nelson “The Iceman” as a result of they may not often get him to crack a smile.
He grew to become a wunderkind for Disney because the director of 23 episodes of “Get Sensible,” which parodied the then-popular style of spy fiction, according to 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 Gap,” which starred Maximilian Schell, noticed one crew of astronauts encounter one other as each skilled the titular phenomenon firsthand.
The director, whose loss of life from pure causes was stored quiet till this week, is survived by Garrett and Blue Nelson, his sons. Meredith, his partner of 52 years, died in 2014.