Don Chaffey

Donald Chaffey (5 August 1917 – 13 November 1990) was a British film director, writer, producer, and art director.

Don Chaffey
Born(1917-08-05)5 August 1917
Died13 November 1990(1990-11-13) (aged 73)
  • Film director
  • writer
  • film producer
  • art director
Years active1948–1989
Paula Kelly (m. 1985)

Chaffey's film career began as an art director in 1947, and his directorial debut was in 1953. He remained active in the industry until his death in 1990 from heart failure. His 1973 film Charley One-Eye was entered into the 24th Berlin International Film Festival[2]

He is chiefly known for his fantasy films, which include Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Viking Queen (1967), Creatures the World Forgot (1971), Pete's Dragon (1977), and C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979), his final feature film.

Concurrent with his theatrically released films, Chaffey directed numerous British television series episodes, including several for The Prisoner, Danger Man, and The Avengers. From the 1980s until his death, all of his work was in American made-for-TV movies, and in such TV series as Fantasy Island, Stingray, MacGyver, Vega$, T. J. Hooker, Matt Houston and Charlie's Angels.

Personal life

Chaffey married American actress Paula Kelly in 1985. They had one child together before Chaffey died, of a heart attack, in 1990.[3]





  1. Don Chaffey on IMDb
  2. Awards for Charley One-Eye on IMDb
  3. Staff writers (19 November 1990). "Don Chaffey; Directed Films, TV, Disney Features". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
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