Robert Butler, Star Trek & Batman TV Director, Has Died at Age 95

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Butler's directorial work helped set the tone for a variety of genre shows or was just good television in its own right.

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Filmmaker Robert Butler passed away earlier in the month on November 3 at 95 years old, according to the Hollywood Reporter. A director of film and TV, Butler directed the pilot episodes for both the 1966 Batman series starring the late Adam West and the original live-action Star Trek series in 1988, in turn setting the tone for both shows that they’re now well-known for.

He was similarly busy in films, having directed many theatrical or made-for-TV movies like 1975's Strange New World, 1969's The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, and 1988's Out of Time. In 2015, the Directors Guild of America granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award for television direction. “Robert Butler was an adoring father, grandfather, uncle, friend and teacher, who shared his zeal for film, jazz, books, tennis, and model rocket,” his family wrote.

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