Bruce Bilson

Bruce Bilson (born May 19, 1928) is an American film and television director. He is most notable for his work as a regular director on the spy spoof Get Smart. He won the 1967-68 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the third season Get Smart episode "Maxwell Smart, Private Eye".

Bruce Bilson
Born (1928-05-19) May 19, 1928
Alma materUCLA
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1955-2006
Spouse(s)Mona Weichman (1955-1976; divorced; 2 children)
Renne Jarrett (1981-present)

Life and career

Bilson was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents. His mother, Hattie Bilson (née Dratwa), was an American screenwriter, and his father, George Bilson (1902-1981), was an English producer/writer/director (born Leeds, West Yorkshire).[1] His brother, Malcolm is a fortepianist and professor of piano at Cornell University.

Bilson graduated from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1950.[2][3]


Bilson married Mona Weichman on August 31, 1955; they divorced in 1976. They had two children, Danny Bilson (born 1956), a film and video game writer/producer and father of Rachel Bilson, and Julie Ahlberg, a film producer.[4]

Bilson married Renne Jarrett in 1981.





  1. Bruce Bilson Biography,; accessed May 23, 2017.
  2. "DONOR HONOR ROLL 2017". UCLA School of TFT. 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  3. Leszczak, Bob (2014-08-23). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide. McFarland. ISBN 9781476615394.
  4. "Julie Ahlberg". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  5. "Two Chairs No Waiting 363: Neal Brower Interviews Bruce Bilson 2011 (Part 4)".
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