Bruce Bilson
Born (1928-05-19) May 19, 1928 (age 95)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma materUCLA
Occupation(s)Director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1955–2006
Mona Weichman
(m. 1955; div. 1976)
(m. 1981)
Children2, including Danny Bilson
RelativesRachel Bilson (granddaughter)

Bruce Bilson (born May 19, 1928) is an American film director and television director. He is most notable for his work as a regular director on the spy spoof Get Smart. He won the 1967–1968 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the third season Get Smart episode "Maxwell Smart, Private Eye".

Life and career

Bilson was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents. His mother, Hattie Bilson (née Dratwa; 1907–2004), was an American screenwriter, and his father, George Bilson (1902–1981), was a British producer/writer/director of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who was born in Leeds, England.[1] His brother, Malcolm is a fortepianist and professor of piano at Cornell University.

Bilson graduated from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1950.[2][3]


Bilson married Mona Weichman on August 31, 1955; they divorced in 1976. They had two children, Danny Bilson (born 1956), a film and video game writer/producer and father of Rachel Bilson, and Julie Ahlberg, a film producer.[4]

Bilson married Renne Jarrett in 1981.[citation needed]





  1. ^ Bruce Bilson Biography,; accessed May 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "DONOR HONOR ROLL 2017". UCLA School of TFT. August 11, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Leszczak, Bob (August 23, 2014). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide. McFarland. ISBN 9781476615394.
  4. ^ "Julie Ahlberg". IMDb. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Two Chairs No Waiting 363: Neal Brower Interviews Bruce Bilson 2011 (Part 4)". February 3, 2016.