Director Robert Scheerer, Known for TV Musical Specials, Dies at Age 89

Obituaries   Director Robert Scheerer, Known for TV Musical Specials, Dies at Age 89
The director worked with Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, and more.
Robert Scheerer
Robert Scheerer

Television director and producer Robert Scheerer, who was known for directing TV musicals, has died at age 89, according to Deadline.

Scheerer directed The Danny Kaye Show (1963–1964), for which he won an Emmy Award, the Fame series (1982–1984), The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis, and episodes of Live from Lincoln Center; he also directed Barbra Streisand in A Happening in Central Park and Shirley MacLaine in If They Could See Me Now.

Scheerer, who was born in Santa Barbara, started his career as a young dancer in Hollywood films. He made his debut in What's Cookin' and went on to appear in a string of films for Universal (1942–1945).

Scheerer made his Broadway debut in 1948 in the Charles Gaynor musical Lend an Ear starring Carol Channing. He went on to appear in Dance Me a Song (1950), Top Banana (1951), and The Boy Friend (1954) on Broadway.

In the 1960s, he transitioned into television directing, beginning with The Spike Jones Show. Throughout his long career, he directed numerous episodes of Dynasty, Star Trek, and Our House, among other programs. He is a Primetime Emmy Award winner and an eight-time nominee. He also worked as a television producer.

Scheerer passed away March 3 of natural causes, according to the report.