Marc Daniels
Marc Daniels
Marc Daniels directed 39 episodes of "I Love Lucy" in Seasons 1 & 2.
Personal Information
Nationality American
Born: (1912-01-27)January 27, 1912
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 23, 1989(1989-04-23) (aged 77)
Deathplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Television director
known for:
Producing.Directing many TV shows
Family Information
Series connection
Series involved with: I Love Lucy
Life with Lucy
with series:
Episodes involved with: I Love Lucy: - 39 episodes
Life with Lucy: 6 episodes
I Love Lucy Wiki Script

Marc Daniels (January 27, 1912 – April 23, 1989), born Danny Marcus, directed a total of 39 episodes of I Love Lucy, beginning with the show's pilot episode, "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub"; the final episode he directed was the episode "The Club Election" in Season 2. He also directed six episodes of the short lived ABC-TV series Life with Lucy.

Life and careerEdit

Daniels was a graduate of the University of Michigan. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and until 1946,[1] Daniels was hired by CBS-TV to direct its first dramatic anthology program, Ford Theater, mastering live television direction. He was hired to direct the first 38 episodes of I Love Lucy,[2] an early filmed series. Daniels recommended Vivian Vance for the role of Ethel Mertz.[3] Daniels, along with cinematographer Karl Freund, has been credited with introducing the three-camera technique of filming as opposed to the conventional one-camera. In a 1977 interview, Daniels noted that he left I Love Lucy to take another job that paid more. "Maybe it was a stupid thing to do," he said. "But then we didn't know we were creating history. We were just doing a show".[2]

In addition to I Love Lucy, Daniels also directed episodes of Where's Raymond?, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Fame, Alice, Hogan's Heroes, and The Andros Targets. To science fiction fans, Daniels is perhaps best known for directing fifteen episodes of Star Trek (including the episode "Mirror, Mirror") and writing an episode of the animated series ("One of Our Planets is Missing"). Near the end of his career, Daniels worked with Lucille Ball again on her last series, Life with Lucy (1986).

He had an uncredited appearance (via a photograph) as Dr. Jackson Roykirk in the Star Trek episode "The Changeling", which he also directed.

During his career, Daniels was nominated for two Primetime and one Daytime Emmy award, two Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards, and two Hugo Awards. He won one Hugo, a joint award in 1967 with Gene Roddenberry for "Best Dramatic Presentation" for the Star Trek episode "The Menagerie".


Daniels died of congestive heart failure on April 23, 1989 in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 77. His death harkened back, coincidentally, to the beginning of his television career: Daniels died just three days before Lucille Ball, who also died at age 77 from a heart-related illness.[2]


  1. Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television,O'Donnell, O. (1990). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Gale. ISBN 978-0-8103-2071-0.
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  3. Elisabeth Edwards (2008). "I Love Lucy" Cast Biographies: Vivian Vance. Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.

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