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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
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 ...more

Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and ...more

Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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 ...more

Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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 ...more

Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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 ...more

Melissa Joan Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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 ...more

Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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 ...more

Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
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 ...more

Jensen Ackles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Jensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is known for his roles in television as Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well ...more

Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won four Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Academy Awards—as producer of ...more

Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on ...more

Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and playwright known for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends. Along with starring ...more

Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Allen Kelsey Grammer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, singer and activist. Grammer is known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more

Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Diane Keaton is an actress, television director and producer and screenwriter.

Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke and Dan August. His breakout film role was as ...more

Dane Cook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Dane Jeffrey Cook is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He has released five comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From ...more

Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Helen Hunt was a hair stylist in Hollywood movies from the 1930s up to 1967, when she worked on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. She was the chief hair stylist for Columbia Pictures. She was ...more

Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland is a British-born Canadian actor, film producer, and film director. He is best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox series ...more

Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for ...more

David Arquette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
David Arquette is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, wrestler, and fashion designer. A member of the Arquette acting family, he first became known during the mid-1990s ...more

Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon is an American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, and gained fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s. He has appeared in films ...more

David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the science fiction horror drama series The X-Files and the alcoholic and ...more

Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Jason Kent Bateman is an American actor, director and producer who rose to prominence as a high-profile teen actor in the 1980s, in sitcoms such as Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family, before ...more

Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and director. Alexander is best known for his role as George ...more

Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American actor and musician whose films include musical-drama film Footloose, the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK, the legal drama A Few Good ...more

Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Barbra Joan Streisand is an American singer, songwrighter, actress, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer, and activist. During a career spanning six decades, she ...more

Fred Savage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years. He has ...more

Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Carl Reiner is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. He is also known for his role on Your ...more

Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Cranston is best known for portraying Walter White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, Hal in the Fox ...more

Anne Heche is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Anne Celeste Heche is an American actress. Her film credits include Six Days Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, I Know What You Did Last Summer, John Q and Volcano. She also starred in the ...more

Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. is an American actor, producer and director. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on Taxi, for which he won ...more

Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, composer and actor. He is the founder of Mutant ...more

Andy García is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez, professionally known as Andy Garcia, is a Cuban-American actor and director. He became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in ...more

Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Andy Samuel Griffith was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the ...more

Don Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Donnie Wayne "Don" Johnson is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his role as James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television ...more

Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Christian Michael Leonard Slater is an American actor. He made his film debut with a small role in The Postman Always Rings Twice before playing a leading role in the 1985 film The Legend of ...more

David Schwimmer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
David Lawrence Schwimmer is an American actor, director, producer, voice actor and comedian. He was born in New York City, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 2. He began his acting ...more

Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Larry Martin Hagman was an American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s prime time television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut ...more

Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more

Allison Mack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Allison Mack is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for her role as Chloe Sullivan, on the WB/CW Superman television series Smallville, and Amanda on FX's Wilfred.

James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
James Harrison Coburn III was an American actor. He was featured in more than 70 films and made 100 television appearances during his 45-year career, winning an Academy Award for his supporting ...more

Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most ...more

Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, television director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South ...more

Milo Ventimiglia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia is an American actor best known for his role as Peter Petrelli on the NBC television series Heroes. Ventimiglia's first career break was in the Fox series Opposite Sex, ...more

Dick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Richard Anthony "Dick" Wolf is an American television producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. He has won several awards including ...more

Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to ...more

Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more

David Boreanaz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
David Boreanaz is an American actor, television producer, and director, known for his role as the vampire Angel on the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and as FBI ...more

Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Television Directors
Henry Franklin Winkler, OBE is an American actor, director, comedian, producer and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. ...more