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Roger E. Young (born May 13, 1942 in Champaign, Illinois) is an American TV and film director.


Young graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He worked as a producer-director at Channel 6, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana. He then moved to Chicago and became a producer for Foote-Cone & Belding Advertising, where he produced national commercials. Later he moved to directing commercials for the production company of Lippert-Saviano, and then for Topel & Associates, before opening his own production company, Young & Company, producing and directing commercials. In 1977 he moved to Los Angeles and was hired as associate producer on a television film entitled Something for Joey. This led to being offered associate producer of Lou Grant. Gene Reynolds, executive producer of the show, became Young's mentor, and in the second season Young was given the opportunity to direct an episode. He won an Emmy and two Director's Guild Awards for directing episodes of the series. He then directed the two-hour pilot of Magnum, P.I.. Young directed several other pilots, all but one of which was turned into a series. Young then began to concentrate on films and mini-series. Young has written five teleplays that have been produced. His episodic work include Rome, The Closer and Law & Order: LA.


Year Name Type Credits Ref
Director Writer Producer
1977 Something for Joey TV film Yes
1981 Bitter Harvest TV film Yes [1]
1982 An Innocent Love TV film Yes
1982 Dreams Don't Die TV film Yes
1982 Two of a Kind TV film Yes [2]
1984 Lassiter Film Yes
1985 Gulag TV film Yes [3]
1985 Into Thin Air TV film Yes
1986 Under Siege TV film Yes
1987 Love Among Thieves TV film Yes [3]
1987 The Squeeze Film Yes [4]
1988 The Bourne Identity Film Yes
1990 Murder in Mississippi TV film Yes
1990 Love and Lies TV film Yes
1991 Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story TV film Yes
1991 Doublecrossed TV film Yes Yes [5]
1991 Nightmare in Columbia County TV film Yes
1992 Jewels TV film Yes Yes [6]
1993 For Love and Glory TV film Yes Yes
1993 Geronimo TV film Yes
1993 Mercy Mission: the Rescue of Flight 771 TV film Yes
1994 Getting Gotti TV film Yes
1994 Mortal Fear TV film Yes
1995 Virus TV film Yes
1995 Joseph TV film Yes
1995 Moses TV film Yes
1996 The Siege at Ruby Ridge TV film Yes
1997 Sisters and Other Strangers TV film Yes
1997 Heart Full of Rain TV film Yes
1997 Final Descent TV film Yes
1997 Solomon TV film Yes
1998 A Knight in Camelot TV film Yes
1999 Kiss the Sky Film Yes
1999 Jesus TV film Yes
1999 One Special Night TV film Yes
2000 The Bible: Paul of Tarsos TV film Yes
2000 The Thin Blue Lie Film Yes Yes [7]
2002 Dracula Miniseries Yes Yes
2003 Imperium: Augustus TV film Yes
2004 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story TV film Yes
2005 Hercules Miniseries Yes
2012 Barabbas Miniseries Yes [8]
2014 The Red Tent Miniseries Yes [9]

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "Bitter Harvest". Television Academy. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  2. ^ "Article clipped from The Commercial Appeal". The Commercial Appeal. October 9, 1982. p. 19. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  3. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (January 17, 1985). "TV REVIEW; 'GULAG' DRAMA ON HOME BOX OFFICE". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  4. ^ "AFI|Catalog". Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  5. ^ Willman, Chris (July 20, 1991). "TV Reviews : 'Doublecrossed': Story of Drugs and Politics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  6. ^ Scott, Tony (October 16, 1992). "Nbc Movie of the Week Danielle Steel's 'Jewels'". Variety. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  7. ^ Oxman, Steven (August 10, 2000). "The Thin Blue Lie". Variety. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  8. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (March 24, 2013). "Escaping the Cross for a Spiritual Quest". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  9. ^ "Review: Lifetime's 'The Red Tent' kept standing by leading ladies". Los Angeles Times. December 6, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2023.