December 20, 1923|
New York City, United States
June 29, 2003 (aged 79)|
Los Angeles, United States
|Other names||Rodney Amateau|
Coleen Gray 1945–1949|
Sandra Burns 1959–1962
Rodney "Rod" Amateau (December 20, 1923 – June 29, 2003) was an American screenwriter, film and television director.
Among programs that he directed were NBC's The Dennis Day Show, CBS's sitcoms The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, starring Dwayne Hickman, Mister Ed, The Bob Cummings Show, starring Robert Cummings, and The New Phil Silvers Show, an unsuccessful attempt by comedian Phil Silvers to return to a regular series.
He was producer of TV shows such as My Mother the Car and Supertrain, and wrote the story for the 1988 film Sunset. Amateau also directed a few episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard, and appeared in a handful of episodes as an actor as well.
From 1945 to 1949, he was married to actress Coleen Gray, who sued him for child support in 1955.
From 1959 to 1962, he was married to Sandra Burns, the adopted daughter of George Burns and Gracie Allen. 
Amateau died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003.
|1969||Hook, Line & Sinker|
|1970||Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You|
|1972||Where Does It Hurt?|
|1987||The Garbage Pail Kids Movie|
|1955–1959||The Bob Cummings Show|
|1956–1958||The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show|
|1959–1963||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis|
|1963–1964||The New Phil Silvers Show|
|1965–1966||My Mother the Car|
|1979–1985||The Dukes of Hazzard|
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