Alan J. Levi

Bio:

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Alan began his film-making career at fifteen when he produced and directed a half hour 16mm black and white comedy entitled "Keep Your Spirits High" while a sophomore in high school. Finding no one who would hire this aspiring director, he organized his own company, "Petite Productions," which was financed entirely by his fellow schoolmates, and with the grand total of $256 in operating costs, he began his career as a Director/Producer. By the time he graduated from high school, Alan completed a total of 43 films, produced for such organizations as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, St. Louis Board of Education, The National Safety Council and other institutions which couldn't afford the high price of the commercial film-making companies!

During the summer between high school and college, Alan came to Hollywood, and under the guidance of his mentor Dick Powell, studied film technique at the various studios - direction under Andre de Toth, makeup at the MGM makeup department with William Tuttle, photography at Paramount and Warner Bros. on the sets of currently shooting feature films, editing with the Warner's TV editing staff, etc.

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Radio, TV and Film and minors in Psychology and Electrical Engineering, Alan had directed and/or photographed over 2000 hours of live and videotaped television around the world, and functioned as Director of Photography and Director for over 450 primetime network commercials before landing a job as Associate Producer at MGM. Since then, his directing credits have earned him a Cannes Film Festival Gold Lion, a Western Heritage Award, two New York International TV and Film Festival Grand Awards, two Clio Awards and several Silver Spikes. Alan has guest lectured on film-making technique at AFI, USC, UCLA, National Institute of Health, and Brooks Institute of Photography as well as numerous acting and film-making study groups.

Director and/or Director of Photography on nearly 70 Wide World of Sports, and the acclaimed "Up Close and Personals" for the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, afforded Alan the opportunity to become intimately involved in such events as auto racing (Indy, stock, midgets, drags), airplane racing, gymnastics, water polo, wrestling, golf, swimming and diving, and amongst many others, the traditional stand-bys - baseball and football.

Alan has directed over 350 hours of prime time network television over the past nearly 30 years which included Movies-of-the-Week, pilots and miniseries such as "Scruples", "The Immigrants", "Battlestar Galactica", "The Incredible Hulk", "Columbo", "Knightrider 2000", "The Return of Sam McCloud", "B.L. Stryker", "Deadman's Revenge", "Legend of the Golden Gun", "Go West Young Girl", "Judgment Day", "Invisible Woman", "The New Invisible Man", "The Stepford Children", and "The Last Song".

Among the series he's directed are "NCIS", "NCIS Los Angeles", "ER", "JAG", "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer", "Dr. Vegas", "The Fugitive", "Magnum, P.I.", "Miami Vice", "Tales of the Gold Monkey", "Quantum Leap", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", "Hercules", "Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman", "The Cosby Mysteries", "Promised Land", "Courthouse", "Sweet Justice", "Simon & Simon", "Airwolf", "Hooperman", "Misfits of Science", "Bionic Woman", "Fame", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Gemini Man", "Falcon Crest", "Scene of the Crime", "Oregon Trail", "Class of '65" and a few unmentionable others!.

Alan has produced the pilots and/or series of "Columbo", "Airwolf", "Voyagers", "Misfits of Science", "The Invisible Woman" and "Probe."

Alan lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his actress/wife of nearly 30 years Sondra Currie, and their "kid" - A Persian BluePoint kitty - "Bleu". (November 2012)
Filmography

Producer ( 7 credits )

Probe (1988) executive producer (2 episodes, 1988)
Misfits of Science (1985) supervising producer (16 episodes, 1985-1988)
Airwolf (1984) supervising producer / producer (11 episodes, 1984)
Voyager from the Unknown (1982) supervising producer
Voyagers! (1982) supervising producer (1 episode, 1982)
Columbo (1971) supervising producer / co-executive producer (4 episod
Father of the Bride (1961) associate producer (34 episodes, 1961-1962)

Writer ( 1 credit )

National Velvet (1960) (unknown episodes)

Director ( 52 credits )

NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) (1 episode, 2010)
Dr. Vegas (2004) (1 episode, 2004)
NCIS (2003) (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
She Spies (2002) (1 episode, 2004)
First Monday (2002) (unknown episodes)
The Fugitive (2000) (1 episode, 2001)
That's Life (2000) (1 episode, 2001)
The Strip (1999) (1 episode, 1999)
Vengeance Unlimited (1998) (1 episode, 1999)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) (1 episode, 2002)
Spy Game (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Dellaventura (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Promised Land (1996) (5 episodes, 1997-1999)
JAG (1995) (22 episodes, 1997-2000)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) (1 episode, 1998)
The Monroes (1995) (1 episode)
Courthouse (1995) (unknown episodes)
ER (1994) (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
RoboCop (1994) (2 episodes, 1994)
Burke's Law (1994) (1 episode, 1994)
The Cosby Mysteries (1994) (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Bodies of Evidence (1992) (1 episode, 1993)
Quantum Leap (1989) (6 episodes, 1989-1993)
B.L. Stryker (1989) (1 episode, 1990)
Probe (1988) (1 episode, 1988)
Hooperman (1987) (2 episodes, 1988)
Outlaws (1986) (1 episode, 1987)
Misfits of Science (1985) (1 episode, 1985)
Miami Vice (1984) (1 episode, 1984)
Airwolf (1984) (5 episodes, 1984)
Scene of the Crime (1984) (1 episode, 1984)
Blood Song (1982)
Fame (1982) (1 episode, 1982)
Voyagers! (1982) (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) (1 episode, 1982)
Falcon Crest (1981) (1 episode, 1982)
Simon & Simon (1981) (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Magnum, P.I. (1980) (9 episodes, 1982-1987)
A Man Called Sloane (1979) (unknown episodes)
Time Express (1979) (1 episode, 1979)
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (uncredited)
The Incredible Hulk (1978) (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (2 episodes, 1978)
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (1977) (1 episode, 1978)
The Bionic Woman (1976) (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
The Oregon Trail (1976) (1 episode, 1977)
The Invisible Man (1975) (6 episodes, 1975-1976)
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) (2 episodes, 1977)
Columbo (1971) (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Letters to Laugh-In (1969) (unknown episodes)