Hal [Harold] Cooper was a prolific television director. His notable works include All in the Family, The Dick Van Dyke Show,
I Dream of Jeannie, and Maude. Born on February 23, 1923, he grew up in New York City, attended the University of Michigan
and served in WWII as a junior grade lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
At age 9, Cooper acted for the radio show Rainbow House. He was drawn to the control room and behind-the-scenes work, learning
from the show’s producer and director Bob Emery. When Hal was 13 years old, Emery was unable to direct an episode due to illness
and he recommended Hal direct. This was Cooper’s first live television broadcast.
Cooper started working at the DuMont Television Network in New York, producing, writing, and acting in Your Television Babysitter.
His first wife, Pat Meikle, hosted the show. Following its success, Cooper was hired to write and produce The Magic Cottage,
which Meikle hosted.
Cooper directed and produced many daytime shows from 1950 to 1957, including Search for Tomorrow, the first successful soap
opera. Cooper moved to Los Angeles as the television industry shifted west. He found success directing episodes of popular
shows, such as Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch, and worked until the mid-1990s.
Cooper passed away on April 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 91, survived by two daughters, a son, and