Gary Nelson, Freaky Friday and The Black Hole Director, Dead at 87
Gary Nelson, the director behind hit 1970s Disney films Freaky Friday and The Black Hole, among others, died recently. The Hollywood Columnist welcomes confirmation on Nelson’s death, which really happened back on May 25 however no fresh insight about it occurring over the late spring was at any point uncovered. Nelson’s child Garrett affirmed the news, uncovering that Gary passed in Las Vegas of natural causes, he was 87 at the hour of his death. He was made due by his children Garrett and Blue, and was gone before in death by his better half of 52 years, Meredith.
Before he turned into a wunderkind for Disney, Gary Nelson would get started coordinating with fill in as a Promotion, later changing to helming TV programs including Have Firearm – Will Travel, The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, The Doris Day Show, and others. Nelson would proceed to turn into the “in house” director for his television series Get Savvy, coordinating 23 episodes of the show across its five seasons.
The ventures Nelson coordinated that many are know about are maybe his Disney work including the first Oddity Friday featuring Barbara Harris and Jodie Encourage as mother and girl that trade bodies and 1979’s The Black Hole, a faction science fiction hit that featured Anthony Perkins and Robert Forster. His work with Disney didn’t end there however as he would likewise coordinate eight episodes of The Supernatural Universe of Disney. Nelson’s most memorable feature films as a director would be the westerns Molly and Untamed John and Santee in the mid 1970s.
However he had more than 100 credits to his name, Nelson would just be nominated for an honor with one undertaking, the 1977 television scaled down series Washington: In secret, a series enlivened by the Nixon White House. Nelson would be nominated for an Early evening Emmy in the Outstanding Coordinating in a Show Series category for his work on the show.