I am – Hercules.
Kim Manners, a prolific director and producer whose long showbiz career stretches from 1971’s “Valdez is Coming” to “Charlie’s Angels,” “Automan,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” “MANTIS,” and “Harsh Realm,” passed away Sunday night following a battle with cancer.
His last directorial effort was “Metamorphosis,” the Oct. 9 episode of “Supernatural.”
Manners directed 53 hours of “The X-Files,” including the 2002 two-hour series finale, “The Truth.”
Hailing from a showbiz family, Manners got his start as a second assistant director on the big-screen Burt Lancaster western “Valdez is Coming,” produced by his father Sam.
Joining “Charlie’s Angels” in 1977 as an assistant director and production manager, he eventually directed 11 episodes of that series, starting with 1979’s “Angels Remembered.”
His episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was season one’s “When The Bough Breaks,” about impotent extraterrestrials who kidnap the Enterprise’s children.
“Supernatural” mastermind Eric Kripke issued this statement:
Everyone at 'Supernatural' is walking around in a daze, shocked and absolutely devastated. Kim was a brilliant director; more than that, he was a mentor and friend. He was one of the patriarchs of the family, and we miss him desperately. He gave so much to 'Supernatural,' and everything we do on the show, now and forever, is in memory of him.
Among those surviving Manners is sister and longtime assistant director Tana Manners (“Deadly Whispers”). A brother, Kelly Manners, was a producer on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” and currently serves as a producer on the upcoming Fox series “Dollhouse.”
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Jan. 26, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST
Eat that, bizznatches!!
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST
You will be missed.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST
This isn't the kind of thread to yell First on. Sorry man.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
His work was terrific, and by all accounts he was one of the great joys on the Supernatural set. He will be missed.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST
My most sincere sympathies to his family.<P> The growing cancer rate should not be overlooked. Something is happening.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST
by Willyer Hero
Rest in peace.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Along with Rob Bowman, he was one of the series' MVP directors. A shame...
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST
and at this cost! look what you have done!!!
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST
Manners was one of the few who could make you forget that Warner Bros spends $11.95 and a pack of gum per episode to make Supernatural.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST
for old times' sake...everyone that ever worked with him had nothing but great things to say about his professionalism and his talent. this interview captures his absolute LOVE of directing and producing that he possessed. any time someone just loves their craft, and brings so much to the art form, it's that much sadder to see them go. rest in peace Mr. Manners, and read this great interview/article from the DGA monthly back in the day.<p> http://tinyurl.com/bycv8p
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST
But, I'm getting pretty sick of Cancer. can we maybe do something about that? That was bitter sarcasm. Not the funny kind.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST
another one bites the dust
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST
...and miss ONE episode of Supernatural...the one he happened to shoot last. I'm sure i've seen his work on TNG and what have you...but another sad loss of someone in the industry.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
Oh well. Hercules has his opinions, to paraphrase Obama, he's the boss. Frankly i'm surprised he hasnt put up a countdown clock for that Joss Whedon show. <br><br>Onto more important matters, I enjoyed many, many hours of programming that was directed by Mr. Manners. Godspeed, sir.
Jan. 26, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
Such a shame. RIP.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST
I know too much to ask. RIP Kim Manners
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST
That was by far the funniest first post ever. Perhaps the only reason I think it's funny is because I am an outright asshole who enjoys dark humor.<p> My condolences to the family... but that was damn funny.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST
Everyone involved with that show rocked. Damn shame.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST
Way to concentrate while writing an obituary, Herc
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST
RIP... sci-fi has lost a great asset.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST
Been reading my Complete XF book (just released) full of interviews, and all cast/crew say that Manners was a very emotional, caring person. You can see that in the eps he directed. On the flip-side, guy apparently had a mouth like a sailor. The foul-mouthed detective in "Jose Chung's From Outerspace" was modeled after him (even called "Dt. Manners). Herc, fix the "Masters" type-o. You post 3 items a day, get it right. This is an obituary, for god's sake. RIP.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST
by Bob of the Shire
Being a huge X-File nut, this hits me pretty hard. The man will be missed.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST
Great guy, great family. BTW Herc, Kelly Manners is a guy. You might wanna correct that.
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST
It's Manners NOT Masters Masters directed 53 hours of “The X-Files,” including the 2002 two-hour series finale, “The Truth.”
Jan. 27, 2009, midnight CST
Jan. 27, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST
to tell Zandunga you are fuck hole. RIP Kim. Was just watching your behind the scenes interview on the Supernatural Season 3 set. Bummed.
Jan. 27, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST
Godspeed sir. Godspeed.
Jan. 27, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST
What kind of clueless retard(s) are you? You contribute nothing. The only one here more genetically defective then Zandunga is Disneyfanatic. You assholes think its funny to shock but all it says about you is that you are unimpressive away from the keyboard and shock is the ONLY impression you make. Youre what we call combat ineffective. Im sure the closest Disneyfanatic has been to a relationship is sniffing a fish from the fridge while jacking off to Little Mermaid. Zandunga...too clueless to even get the fact that their clueless. RIP, Mr Manners. your contributions will be missed :(
Jan. 27, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST
... to an apostrophe was the colon key for his cute little sad faces. :( Awwww... booo hooo...<p> And why lump me in with him? I didn't say it was a GOOD thing what he did... I just said that it was the only "First" comment that has ever made me laugh, partially because it was in such bad taste that it had to be humorous.
Jan. 27, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST
Jan. 27, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST
Your magic will be missed... R.I.P
Jan. 27, 2009, 4 a.m. CST
Jan. 27, 2009, 4:10 a.m. CST
They should watch "Jose Chung's "From Outer Space"". There is a character (Detective Manners) modeled after him, who swears continuously. Interesting that the Star Trek ep he directed was the one with Deep Throat in it.
Jan. 27, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST
by DC Films
I hope he's out there.
Jan. 27, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST
and what a talented guy. Based on all the X-Files press he did, he seemed like quite a character.
Jan. 27, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST
was involved with so much good television. I guess I was wrong.
Jan. 27, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST
by Media Messiah
Although I did not know of your impact in the industry, I am certain that I have seen, and been inspired by your voluminous work. Have a peaceful journey...and may God welcome you into His embrace.
Jan. 27, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST
Jan. 27, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST
That article was awesome and said a lot about his varied talents and impact.
Jan. 27, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST
Jan. 27, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
by Dr Gregory House
Unfortunately, a cure for cancer is NOT! RIP.
Jan. 27, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST
If you havent seen it Watch it Now!
Jan. 27, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
My condolences to the Manner family...the Zadunga's can suck dick for all I care..
Jan. 27, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST
Some of my favorite shows and some of my favorite TV movies were directed by this man. If the site can let us know where to leave condolences to family and friends, that would be nice. Thanks, and sorry to hear sad news.
Jan. 27, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST
I used to think Kim Manners was a woman. But damn, this guy contributed quite a lot to genre television. RIP. Oh, and trolls on obituary talkbacks are the lowest of the low.
Jan. 27, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
A very talented director. Some of teh best X-files episodes. Also just heard of the passing of John Updike.
Jan. 27, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
Headline just came up on MSN. Death, take a holiday already!
Jan. 27, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST
when I was one. So I never got to meet a man who served in world war one and two. He was the patriarch of my family and his death still reverberates in my family to this day. I wish someone would find a cure for cancer already
Jan. 27, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
X-Files is the first show that got me so involved that i ended up knowing all those behind the scenes people. so its almost personal but not really if that makes sense. but yeah thats definately sad. but his work lives on in reruns forever so thats a nice little nod.
Jan. 27, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST
The guy really helped shape the feel and tone of the X-files, as well as directing some of the best episodes. He was one of the first directors to play around with humor in the show, for one thing. And the cinematic direction on that show certainly influenced television production in general to a huge extent. He will be missed
Jan. 27, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST
This sucks and all you losers can talk about is the X-Files. Supernatural is a whole lot better than X-Files ever was. I just hope that can get another great director like Kim to keep this wonderful series going.
Jan. 27, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST
to hear about Kim's passing was not only a shock, but a saddening. I just bought the new complete making of book, and I was reading it bascially all night on January 25th, and to have been reading about him and his work the second he died, it's strange. rest in peace, Kim.
Jan. 27, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST
Thank you for everything you've contributed to the X-Files and Supernatural. I have had very fond memories watching both series. I love them both!
Jan. 28, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST
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