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List of famous television directors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top television directors in the world? This includes the most prominent television directors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable television directors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic television directors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned television directors.

This list is made up of many different people, including Pamela Anderson and Tyler Perry.

From reputable, prominent, and well known television directors to the lesser known television directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the television director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous television directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous television directors?" then you're in the right place. (2667 items)
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Carlos Irwin Estévez, best known by his stage name Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. Sheen rose to fame after a series of successful films such as Platoon, Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wall Street, Young Guns, Eight Men Out, Major League, Hot Shots!, The Three Musketeers, The Arrival, Money ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Two and a Half Men, Wall Street, Anger Management, Hot Shots!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Schwarzenegger ...more

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Age: 68

Birthplace: Thal, Austria

Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician Investor, + more

Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron

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Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Courteney Bass Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. Cox ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Performer, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: Friends, Cougar Town, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Scream

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by landing a starring role in the 1960s show I Spy. During its first two seasons, he was a regular on the children's ...more

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Age: 78

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer Musician, + more

Credits: The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night, The Electric Company

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved to Chicago, Illinois to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Parks and Recreation, Inside Out, Mean Girls, Sisters

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Melissa Joan Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, television director, and television producer. Hart is known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All, the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Melissa & Joey. Hart has been married to musician Mark Wilkerson ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: USA, New York, Smithtown

Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: Melissa & Joey, Clarissa Explains It All, Drive Me Crazy, My Fake Fiance

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, and was offered his own show entitled The Ben Stiller ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Madagascar

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Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial behavior. His first regular television role was on the short-lived but influential Ben Stiller Show. In the mid-1990s, he ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: NewsRadio, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, Road Trip, The Cable Guy

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