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Iconic Film And Television Director Reza Badiyi Dies

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Reza Badiyi
Film and television director Reza Badiyi died peacefully on Aug. 20 at the UCLA Medical Center due to medical complications. He was surrounded by his immediate family and loved ones. He was 81 years old.

Born on April 17, 1930 in Arak, Iran, Reza Badiyi graduated from the Academy of Drama in Iran and received the prestigious golden medal of art from the Shah of Iran. He was then invited by the U.S. government in 1955 to pursue a film career.

A graduate of Syracuse University in Audiovisual Studies, Badiyi began his career as a cinematographer, which took him from New York to Kansas City, and finally, to Los Angeles. Badiyi worked with such A-list directors as Robert Altman and Sam Pekinpah.

In 1963, Badiyi began his directorial career. In the last six decades, he directed over 430 episodes of television and several movies. Badiyi directed such classics as, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, Barretta, The Six Million Dollar Man, Cagney & Lacey, The Trails of Rosie O’Neill, Falcon Crest, Star Trek, Baywatch, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, La Femme Nikita, Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and many more.

Badiyi is also the recipient of the Humanitas Award and The Directors Guild Of America Award for directing the most hours of television.

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