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Thorn Birds director dead at 77

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2006 6:59PM
Daryl DukeDaryl Duke was probably best known for directing the miniseries The Thorn Birds, which starred Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. But he had a long career as a director and writer, going all the way back to the early 50s.

Besides that classic 80s miniseries, Duke also directed episodes of Night Gallery, Harry O, Banacek, Ghost Story, and The Bold Ones, as well as two of the later Columbo TV movies in the 90s, Murder Can Be Hazardous To Your Health and Columbo Cries Wolf. He also directed a TV movie with a great title, The President's Plane Is Missing, in the early 70s, and actually acted in a few TV shows, including Ben Casey in the early 60s.

Duke died last week in Vancouver of pulmonary fibrosis.

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