Virgil W. Vogel

Virgil William Vogel (November 29, 1919 – January 1, 1996) was an American television and film director. His career spanned nearly sixty years directing episodes of Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Big Valley, and Mission: Impossible, among other series. He was earlier a film editor.

Virgil W. Vogel
Virgil William Vogel[1]

(1919-11-29)November 29, 1919
DiedJanuary 1, 1996(1996-01-01) (aged 76)
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1950–1995


Vogel was born in Peoria, Illinois. He began his career working for Universal Pictures, editing a number of films namely Mystery Submarine (1950), Under the Gun (1951), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), The Man from the Alamo (1953) and Touch of Evil (1958) directed by Orson Welles.

In 1956 Vogel made his directorial debut with the science fiction film The Mole People. He also directed the regional comedy film The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm and the science fiction adventure film The Land Unknown, both released in 1957. In 1959 he directed the Swedish-American science fiction-horror film Rymdinvasion i Lappland (Space Invasion of Lapland) that was shortened and then reedited with new footage when released in the U.S. as Invasion of the Animal People.

For the remainder of his career, he focused primarily on television, directing episodes of Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Big Valley, M Squad, Mission: Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man, The F.B.I., The Streets of San Francisco, Most Wanted, Police Story, The White Shadow, Centennial, Knight Rider, Airwolf, Magnum, P.I., Miami Vice, among other series.[1]

Personal life and death

Vogel is the nephew of cinematographer Lee Garmes.[2]

On January 1, 1996, he died of unspecified causes in Tarzana, Los Angeles, at the age of 76.


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