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Boris Sagal

Death: Died
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Husband of Sara Zwilling and Marge Champion
Father of Jean Sagal; <private> Sagal; Katey Sagal and <private> Sagal

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About Boris Sagal

Boris Sagal (October 18, 1923 - May 22, 1981) was a Ukrainian-born American television and film director.

Early life and career

Born in Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR (now known as Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine), Sagal emigrated to the United States where he attended the Yale School of Drama. Sagal's many TV credits include directing episodes of The Twilight Zone, T.H.E. Cat, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Columbo, Peter Gunn, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He also directed the 1972 television adaptation of Percy MacKaye's play The Scarecrow, for PBS. He was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for his direction of the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and, posthumously, Masada.

Sagal directed the 1971 cult classic science fiction film, The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston in the lead role and The Dream Makers.

There is a directing fellowship in his name at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

Personal life

Sagal was Jewish. Sagal was the father of Katey, Joe, and twins Jean and Liz Sagal by his first wife, Sara Zwilling, who died in 1975. His second wife was Marge Champion, to whom he was married from January 1, 1977 until his death.


Sagal was killed in an accident during production of the miniseries World War III, when he was partially decapitated after walking into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter in the parking lot of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. Sagal was replaced with David Greene the next day.

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Boris Sagal's Timeline

January 19, 1954
Age 31
October 9, 1961
Age 38
Age 58