Born and trained in New York City, Brian G. Hutton spent several frustrating years as a movie and TV bit player and as a stand-in for more famous screen personalities. With the help of an industry friend, writer/director Douglas M. Heyes, Hutton began securing TV-series directing assignments in the early 1960s. His first theatrical feature as a director was Wild Seed (1965), an outgrowth of Universal's "young talent" department. Hutton directed the outsized action films Where Eagles Dare (1969) and Kelly's Heroes (1970), and two Elizabeth Taylor vehicles, X, Y and Zee (1971) and Night Watch (1975). His last directing effort was High Road to China in 1983; Hutton died in 2014.