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  • Gary Shimokawa
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  • Gary K. Shimokawa (born February 13, 1942) served as an assistant and second unit director on 23 episodes of Night Court during its network TV run; he also directed 2 episodes himself the episodes "Hi Honey, I'm Home" and "The Birthday Visitor". A veteran TV director and producer, Gary is also known for directing Archie Bunker's Place, The Golden Girls, which were also both very successfu sitcoms. He has directed and produced over 40 shows and movies.
  • After working on local news shows, Shimokawa was hired by Norman Lear as a stage manager, working on All in the Family beginning in 1972. By 1975, he was promoted to associate director and eventually became the primary director on Archie Bunker's Place from 1980-1983. He also directed the pilot to Welcome Back, Kotter and was director or associate director (often both) on Good Times, The Facts of Life, The Golden Girls, Night Court, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, and Fish. Other shows included ALF, Saturday morning series Mister T (directing Mr. T in live-action intros), Good Morning, Miss Bliss and its successor Saved by the Bell, Amen (with Sherman Hemsley), Coach, Reba, and Titus
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Job
  • Second Unit/Asst. Director, 23 episodes, Seasons 1-9
  • Director, 2 episodes
Series
  • Night Court
Education
  • B.A. University of Southern California
Caption
  • Gary Shimokawa
Birth Place
  • Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
yearsactive
  • 1972
Occupation
  • Television/Film director and producer
Born
  • 1942-02-13
Known For
  • The Golden Girls
  • All in the Family
  • Archie Bunker's Place
  • Mister T
Birthname
  • Gary Kango Shimokawa
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  • Gary K. Shimokawa (born February 13, 1942) served as an assistant and second unit director on 23 episodes of Night Court during its network TV run; he also directed 2 episodes himself the episodes "Hi Honey, I'm Home" and "The Birthday Visitor". A veteran TV director and producer, Gary is also known for directing Archie Bunker's Place, The Golden Girls, which were also both very successfu sitcoms. He has directed and produced over 40 shows and movies.
  • After working on local news shows, Shimokawa was hired by Norman Lear as a stage manager, working on All in the Family beginning in 1972. By 1975, he was promoted to associate director and eventually became the primary director on Archie Bunker's Place from 1980-1983. He also directed the pilot to Welcome Back, Kotter and was director or associate director (often both) on Good Times, The Facts of Life, The Golden Girls, Night Court, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, and Fish. Other shows included ALF, Saturday morning series Mister T (directing Mr. T in live-action intros), Good Morning, Miss Bliss and its successor Saved by the Bell, Amen (with Sherman Hemsley), Coach, Reba, and Titus
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