Joseph Sargent whose TV and movie directing career spanned over 50 years, has died at age 89 from complications due to heart disease.
Sargent had stints on such shows as Lassie, Gunsmoke, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Invaders and many more. On the big screen, he’s probably best known for the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three starring Walter Matthau which younger audiences have discovered as the inspiration for the character names in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
In addition to 4 Emmy wins (from 8 nominations), Sargent chalked up 3 DGA wins (from 8 nominations), the most recent for the 2005 TV movie Warm Springs.
Check out the epilogue from the March 8, 1973 Kojak episode “The Marcus-Nelson Murders” for which Sargent won his first Emmy.