Gordon Hunt (director)

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Gordon Hunt
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Born Gordon Edwynn Hunt
(1929-04-26)April 26, 1929
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Died December 17, 2016(2016-12-17) (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Director, actor, producer, writer
Years active 1959–2016
Spouse(s) Jane Elizabeth Novis (divorced)
B.J. Ward 1995 - 2016 (m. 2016)
Children Helen Hunt
Website http://www.gordonhunt.net/

Gordon Edwynn Hunt (April 26, 1929 – December 17, 2016) was an American director, actor, producer and writer.

He directed such animated productions as The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, The Pirates of Dark Water, Droopy, Master Detective, Pound Puppies, The Richie Rich Show, The Smurfs and many more.

Life and career

Hunt was born in Sherman Oaks, California, the son of Helen F. (née Roberts; originally Rothenberg) and George Smith Hunt II, an industrial designer. He also has a younger half-brother, director and lighting designer Peter H. Hunt. His mother was from a German Jewish family; and his father, a Mayflower descendant, of English origin, was from Minnesota.[1][2] He is the father of actress Helen Hunt from his marriage to photographer Jane Elizabeth Novis; they later divorced. Since 1995, he has been married to voice actress B.J. Ward.

He had been working as a freelance director in New York before being hired to work at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where he served as their casting director for ten years. He was then hired by Joseph Barbera to direct animated series at Hanna-Barbera. His first voice directing job was Partridge Family 2200 A.D. in 1974.[3]

With a prestigious twenty-year career at Hanna-Barbera, Hunt is now prominent in the voiceover forum, where he is a freelance director for multiple animated productions and video games. As a voice actor, he voiced the character of Wally in the animated adaptation of the comic strip Dilbert. He has often worked alongside colleague voice directors Ginny McSwain, Wally Burr, Andrea Romano and Kris Zimmerman. McSwain, Romano and Zimmerman have studied under him as animation casting directors and learned the profession from Hunt before becoming voice directors themselves. Andrea Romano considers him to be her mentor, who makes actors feel so comfortable and relaxed that she said, "Nobody does not like Gordon".[4]

He directed many television series, of which most were situation comedies. In 1996, he received the Directors Guild of America Award; "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series" for Mad About You's episode The Alan Brady Show. Hunt also voice directed multiple video games. Among the games he worked on are Pandemonium, the God of War series, Lair, Final Fantasy XIV, Blur, the Legacy of Kain series, and the Uncharted series. He also served as motion capture director on Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Hunt died on December 17, 2016 at the age of 87.[5]

Filmography

Recording director

Animated television series
Year Title Notes
1974 ABC Afterschool Specials Cyrano
1974–1975 Partridge Family 2200 AD  
These Are the Days  
1975–1978 The Great Grape Ape Show  
1980 The Flintstone Comedy Show  
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and Scrappy Too!  
1980–1983 The All-New Popeye Hour  
1981 The Kwicky Koala Show  
1980–1981 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang  
1980–1982 Super Friends  
1980–1984 The Richie Rich Show  
1981–1982 Laverne & Shirley in the Army  
Trollkins  
Space Stars  
1981–1989 The Smurfs  
1982 The Gary Coleman Show  
1982–1983 Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour Recording director for Laverne & Shirley
The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour  
Pac-Man  
1982–1984 The Little Rascals  
Shirt Tales  
1983 The Dukes  
Monchhichi  
1983–1984 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show  
The Biskitts  
ABC Weekend Specials 3 episodes
1984–1985 Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show  
Challenge of the GoBots  
1984–1986 Pink Panther and Sons  
1984–1988 Yogi's Treasure Hunt  
1984–1989 The Snorks  
1985 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible  
Galtar and the Golden Lance  
CBS Storybreak 11 episodes
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo  
1985–1986 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians  
Paw Paws  
1985–1987 The Jetsons 1980s revival of the original show
1986 Wildfire  
1986–1987 The New Adventures of Jonny Quest  
Pound Puppies  
1986–1988 Foofur  
The Flintstone Kids  
1987 Sky Commanders  
Popeye and Son  
1988 The New Yogi Bear Show  
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley Recording Director for "Ed Grimley" and "Amazing Gustav Brothers" segments
Casting Director for "Count Floyd" segment
1988–1990 Fantastic Max  
1988–1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo  
1989–1990 The Further Adventures of Super Ted  
Paddington Bear  
1990 Gravedale High  
Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone  
1990–1991 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures  
Wake, Rattle, and Roll Animated segments only
The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda  
Timeless Tales from Hallmark  
1990–1994 The Tom and Jerry Kids Show  
1991 Yo Yogi!  
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water  
1992 Fish Police  
1992–1993 The Addams Family  
1992–1995 Capitol Critters  
1993–1994 Droopy, Master Detective  
Exosquad  
Mighty Max  
Animated Classic Showcase  
1993–1996 Captain Planet and the Planeteers 22 episodes
1996–2000 Adventures from the Book of Virtues  
2000–2001 God, The Devil and Bob  

Animated specials and movies

Animated specials and movies
Year Title Notes
1982 Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper  
1983 Lucky Luke: The Daltons on the Run English Version
1987 The Little Troll Prince  
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones  
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers  
Yogi's Great Escape  
Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats  
Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose  
Rock Odyssey  
Tis The Season to Be Smurfy  
1988 Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School  
The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound  
Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears  
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf  
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters  
Rockin' with Judy Jetson  
1989 Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration  
1990 The Yum Yums: The Day Things Went Sour  
The Jetsons: The Movie  
1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie  
Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream  
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do!  
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby  
Jonny's Golden Quest  
Nick and Noel  
The Halloween Tree  
The Town Santa Forgot  
A Flintstone Family Christmas  
Once Upon a Forest  
1994 The Pagemaster  
The Bears Who Saved Christmas  

Animated shorts

Animated specials and movies
Year Title Notes
1987 The Duxorcist Daffy Duck cartoon
1988 The Night of the Living Duck Daffy Duck cartoon
1998 Chicken Little  

Video games

Video games
Year Title Notes
1996 Pandemonium  
Blazing Dragons  
1999 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver  
2001 Soul Reaver 2  
2002 Blood Omen 2  
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II  
The Italian Job  
Legacy of Kain: Defiance  
2004 ShellShock: Nam '67  
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone  
2005 SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs  
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo  
2006 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend  
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2  
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault  
2007 God of War II  
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune  
Tomb Raider: Anniversary  
Lair  
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves  
2010 God of War III  
God of War: Ghost of Sparta  
Final Fantasy XIV  
Blur  
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception  
Uncharted: Golden Abyss  

Actor; animated and film roles

Actor
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Crimes of Passion Group Leader Live-Action role
1985 Waiting to Act Acting Coach Lars Live-Action role
1989 Cheers Gordon Episode: "The Two Faces of Norm"
1991 (Blooper) Bunny Director / Man in Audience / Movers Animated short
Trancers II Mustard Man Live-Action role
1992–1993 The Addams Family Additional voices Animated series
1992–1995 Capitol Critters Additional voices "The KiloWatts Riot"
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Additional voices Made-For-Television animated movie
1993–1994 Bonkers Additional voices "A Woolly Bully," "Fall-Apart Land"
1998 Mad About You TV Host Episode: "Paul Slips in the Shower"
1999–2000 Dilbert Wally Animated series
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary

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