Vincent McEveety

Vincent Michael McEveety (August 10, 1929 – May 19, 2018[1]) was an American film and television director and producer.

Vincent McEveety
Vincent Michael McEveety

(1929-08-10)August 10, 1929
DiedMay 19, 2018(2018-05-19) (aged 88)
OccupationFilm director, television producer, television director
Years active19572000


Vince McEveety directed numerous Emmy Award-winning television series, including The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, six Star Trek (episodes include "Dagger of the Mind", "Balance of Terror", "Patterns of Force" and "Spectre of the Gun"), Magnum, P.I., How the West Was Won, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Stranger at My Door, Murder, She Wrote, and Diagnosis: Murder, starring Dick Van Dyke.

In 1991, McEveety directed the award-winning episode of the NBC television series In the Heat of the Night, entitled "Sweet, Sweet Blues", guest-starring musician Bobby Short and veteran actor James Best. That year Heat won its first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series and James Best won the Crystal Reel Award for Best Actor.[2][3]

From 1994 through 1997, McEveety produced the television series Columbo starring Peter Falk, for which he also directed seven episodes between 1990 and 1997. Homage was paid to his contributions to the series by a humorous mention of a character having his surname in the Columbo episode "Undercover" (which he directed).

McEveety directed numerous films for Walt Disney Pictures, including The Million Dollar Duck, The Biscuit Eater, Superdad, The Strongest Man in the World, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, and Herbie Goes Bananas. McEveety also directed portions of The Watcher in the Woods.[4]

His film Firecreek (1968), starring Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and Inger Stevens, touches on issues previously ignored by the genre and influenced a generation of filmmakers.[5] McEveety returned to the Western genre with The Castaway Cowboy (1974), starring James Garner and Vera Miles.[6]

Selected filmography


Year Title Notes
1971The Million Dollar Duck
1972The Biscuit Eater
1973Charley and the Angel
1974Wonder WomanTV movie
1974The Castaway Cowboy
1975The Strongest Man in the World
1976Treasure of Matecumbe
1977The Ghost of Cypress SwampTV movie
1977Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
1979The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
1980Herbie Goes Bananas
1986Ask MaxTV movie
1987Gunsmoke: Return to DodgeTV movie
1991Stranger at My DoorTV movie
1995A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous JokesterTV movie


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