Buzz Kulik

Active - 1961 - 1992  |   Born - Jul 23, 1922   |   Died - Jan 13, 1999   |   Genres - Drama, Mystery, Crime

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Following wartime service, Buzz Kulik cut his directorial teeth on industrial films produced by a Manhattan-based ad agency. During the 1950s and 1960s, Kulik directed hundreds of TV productions, working on such prestige series as Playhouse 90 and The Defenders. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Kulik retained few fond memories of "live" television, summing up his more horrendous experiences in an amusing 1962 TV Guide article titled "Don't Give Me the Good Old Days!". He was proudest of his filmed work, especially his handful of Twilight Zone episodes and his immensely popular 1970 TV movie Brian's Song. Buzz Kulik's theatrical films have not, as a whole, maintained the high standards of his TV output, though his 1967 film Warning Shot is a worth-seeing cop melodrama.

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