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John Erman
Born (1935-08-03) August 3, 1935 (age 85)
OccupationTelevision director

John Erman (born August 3, 1935) is an American television and film director, actor and producer.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Erman spent the early years of his career, after a few small roles in films such as The Cosmic Man (1957), directing episodes of such primetime series as Peyton Place, The Fugitive, The Outer Limits (original series), Stoney Burke, Ben Casey, My Favorite Martian, That Girl, The Flying Nun, Marcus Welby, M.D., Star Trek: The Original Series, and Judd, for the Defense.

Erman directed several episodes of Roots, its sequel, Roots: The Next Generations, and Alex Haley's Queen, and has helmed numerous television films, including Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn, Green Eyes, Child of Glass, The Scarlett O'Hara War, Who Will Love My Children?, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, Right to Kill?, An Early Frost, The Atlanta Child Murders, The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, David, Breathing Lessons, Scarlett, The Sunshine Boys, Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke, The Boys Next Door, and Candles on Bay Street, many of which he also produced.

Erman's feature film directing credits include Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies and Stella.

Awards and nominations

  • 1978 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series (Roots Part II)
  • 1983 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special (Who Will Love My Children?)
  • 1986 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials (An Early Frost)
  • 2004 Monte Carlo TV Awards Golden Nymph for Best Director - Television Films (The Blackwater Lightship)
  • 2004 Monte Carlo TV Awards SIGNIS Prize (The Blackwater Lightship)
  • 1977 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Roots, Part II)
  • 1980 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special (The Scarlett O'Hara War)
  • 1984 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials (Who Will Love My Children?)
  • 1984 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special (A Streetcar Named Desire)
  • 1986 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special (An Early Frost)
  • 1987 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries (The Two Mrs. Grenvilles)
  • 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special (The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank)
  • 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special (The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank)
  • 1989 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special (David)
  • 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie (Breathing Lessons)



Year Film Credit Notes
1955 Blackboard Jungle Actor (Uncredited) Role: Daly
1956 The Benny Goodman Story Actor Role: Harry Goodman (at 16)
Anything Goes Actor (Uncredited) Role: Boy
1959 The Cosmic Man Actor Role: Radar Operator
1971 Making It Director
1973 Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies Director Credited as Bill Sampson
Letters from Three Lovers Director Television Movie
1977 Green Eyes Director, Producer Television Movie
Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Director Television Movie
1978 Just Me and You Director Television Movie
1979 My Old Man Director Television Movie
1980 The Scarlett O'Hara War Director Television Movie
This Year's Blonde Director Television Movie
The Silent Lovers Director Television Movie
1982 The Letter Director Television Movie
Eleanor, First Lady Of the World Director Television Movie
1983 Another Woman's Child Director Television Movie
Who Will Love My Children? Director Television Movie
1984 A Streetcar Named Desire Director Television Movie
1985 Right to Kill? Director Television Movie
An Early Frost Director Television Movie
1987 When The Time Comes Director, Producer Television Movie
1988 The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Director, Supervising Producer Television Movie
David Director
1990 Stella Director
The Last Best Year Director, Producer Television Movie
1991 The Last To Go Director, Producer Television Movie
Our Sons Director, Production Supervisor Television Movie
Carolina Skeletons Director, Supervising Producer Television Movie
1994 Breathing Lessons Director, Producer Television Movie
1996 The Boys Next Door Director, Producer Television Movie
The Sunshine Boys Director Television Movie
1997 Ellen Foster Director, Producer Television Movie
1998 Only Love Director, Executive Producer Television Movie
2004 The Blackwater Lightship Director, Producer Television Movie
2006 Candles on Bay Street Director, Producer Television Movie


Year TV Series Credit Notes
1957 Navy Log Actor 1 Episode
West Point Actor 1 Episode
1958 Playhouse 90 Actor 1 Episode
1962-63 Stoney Burke Director, Associate Producer, Assistant to Producer 11 Episodes
1963-64 The Outer Limits Director, Production Associate, Casting Consultant Multiple Episodes
1964 The Fugitive Director 1 Episode
Ben Casey Director 1 Episode
1965 Karen Director 1 Episode
Profiles in Courage Actor 1 Episode
1965-66 My Favorite Martian Director 12 Episodes
1966 Please Don’t Eat The Daisies Director 6 Episodes
1966-67 That Girl Director 10 Episodes
1967 Occasional Wife Director 1 Episode
1967-68 The Second Hundred Years Director 4 Episodes
1967-69 Judd, for the Defense Director 3 Episodes
Peyton Place Director 12 Episodes
1968 Star Trek Director 1 Episode
The Flying Nun Director 4 Episodes
1968-70 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Director 8 Episodes
1969 Bracken's World Director 1 Episode
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Director 2 Episodes
1969-74 Marcus Welby, M.D. Director 5 Episodes
1970 Room 222 Director 2 Episodes
1971 Arnie Director 1 Episode
1974 The Girl with Something Extra Director 1 Episode
1975 The Bob Newhart Show Director 1 Episode
Karen Director 3 Episodes
M*A*S*H Director 1 Episode
1976 Family Director 4 Episodes
Good Heavens Director 1 Episode
1977 Roots Director 1 Episode
1978 The Magical World Of Disney Director 1 Episode
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Director 3 Episodes
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders Director
1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Director, Supervising Producer
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Director, Co-Producer
1994 Scarlett Director, Producer
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Director
2001 Victoria & Albert Director 2 Episodes

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