"X-Files" director, producer Kim Manners dies

Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:20am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Kim Manners, a prolific director and producer on Fox series "The X-Files," died January 25 of complications from lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 58.

Manners served as a producer on nearly 160 episodes of the series and directed more than 50, receiving four shared Emmy nominations for his work. At the time of his death, he was a director and executive producer on the CW series "Supernatural."

Manners' career started as a second assistant director on the 1971 feature "Valdez Is Coming," which was produced by his father, Sam Manners.

The younger Manners also directed multiple episodes of such TV shows as "Charlie's Angels," "Simon & Simon," "21 Jump Street" and "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr."

Manners is survived by his wife, Marline; his daughters, Jessica and Chelsea; his parents, Sam and Joyce Manners; his brother, Kelly, who is the line producer on Fox's new Joss Whedon series "Dollhouse"; and his sister, Tana, a longtime first assistant director.

A memorial service will be held February 7 at noon at Trump National Golf Course in Palos Verdes, Calif.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter