Barnet Kellman

Barnet Kellman

Barnet Kellman made his feature film debut with the 20th Century Fox screen adaptation of Key Exchange starring Brooke Adams. He went on to direct Dolly Parton and James Woods in Straight Talk for Disney, and Stinkers for Sony. He won two Emmy Awards and a Directors Guild Award for his work on Murphy Brown. In addition to the pilot, he directed the first seventy-five episodes of Murphy, as well as the series’ final episode. His other pilots include the acclaimed Mad About You, starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, the long-running series Suddenly Susan starring Brooke Shields, The George Lopez Show, My Boys on TBS, and the Gene Wilder series, Something Wilder, which he created. In all, he is responsible for over thirty pilots, more than half of which have gone to series. Barnet directed the movie Mary and Rhoda, which reunited Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, and has directed episodes of E.R., Alias, Ally McBeal, Monk, and The Middle. He has received seven Emmy and three DGA nominations for his work in television. He currently holds the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has taught film at AFI, NYU, and Columbia.



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