Director Charles S. Dubin Passes Away

Dubin, Mike Farrell (BJ), Loretta Swit (Hot Lips), Gene Reynolds (Director/Producer), William Christopher (Father Mulcahy), Burt Metcalf (Director/Producer) – Reunion at Malibu Creek State Park February 23, 2008 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the M*A*S*H Series Finale

Charles S. Dubin may not be a household name, but he directed episodes of several iconic television shows.  His credits include The Virginian, Medical Center, Ironside, Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, Lou Grant, Matlock, and my favorite show, M*A*S*H.  It is for M*A*S*H that I know Dubin, as he directed 44 episodes.  Dubin did not join the M*A*S*H production team until the show was in its 4th season, but some of his best episodes include: “Smilin’ Jack,” “Point of View,” “Hot Lips Is Back In Town,” “Good-Bye Radar,” “Old Soldiers,”  and “Give and Take.”  He has been fondly remembered in many obituaries and a great tribute by M*A*S*H writer Ken Levine.  It was Levine’s blog that alerted me to Dubin’s death.

Dubin was born February 1, 1919 in New York and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1941.  He began his directing career in 1951 and retired in 1989 after 48 years in the entertainment industry.

Dubin died Monday, September 5 at the age of 92.

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