Biography

The son of Hollywood director Richard Thorpe, Jerry Thorpe launched his own directorial career at his father's old stamping grounds, MGM. The younger Thorpe was one of the principal directors of MGM's Man From UNCLE TV series (1964-67), and also megged the UNCLE-inspired theatrical feature The Venetian Affair. Thorpe's other major big-screen film was the 1969 western Day of the Evil Gun. The bulk of Jerry Thorpe's work can be found on television: he has directed the pilot films of such series as Matt Lincoln (Dial Hot Line [1969]), Kung Fu, Harry O (Smile Jenny, You're Dead [1974]) and The Lazarus Syndrome, and in 1973 won an Emmy for his work on the Kung Fu episode "An Eye for an Eye." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi