Alan Rafkin
Alan Rafkin
Alan Rafkin directed 17 episodes of "Sanford and Son: in Seasons 4-6.
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1928-07-23)July 23, 1928
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 6, 2001(2001-08-06) (aged 73)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Actor, television director and producer
Years active: 1962-2000
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: directed 17 episodes in Seasons 4-6
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Alan Rafkin (July 23, 1928 – August 6, 2001) An Emmy Award winning television director, producer, and actor. Alan directed 17 episodes of Sanford and Son in Seasons 4-6


Born in New York City, Rafkin attended Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, New Jersey.

Alan Rafkin was one of the most prolific sitcom directors of all time, directing such series as The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Murphy Brown, Get Smart, and Coach.

According to his autobiography Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow (its title is taken from a direction on Captain Kangaroo), Rafkin directed episodes of over 80 different sitcom series. He won an Emmy Award for an episode of "One Day At A Time" and two CableACE Awards for his work on "It's Garry Shandling's Show".[1] During his career he worked with legendary producers such as Sheldon Leonard, Danny Thomas, and Norman Lear. Rafkin had endearing relationships with many of his actors including Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart and Redd Foxx. At the same time he had volatile relationships with several others including Demond Wilson and Craig T. Nelson.[2]

Selected FilmographyEdit

As director:

  • Ski Party – 1965
  • I Dream Of Jeannie (8 episodes, 1965)
  • The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
  • The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
  • Angel in My Pocket (1969)
  • How to Frame a Figg (1971)
  • Sanford and Son
    • various episodes
  • Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974)
    • "Fiddler in the House"
    • "Dreyfuss and Dreyfuss, Associates"
    • "All's Well That Ends"
    • "The Groupie"
  • One Day at a Time
    • various episodes
  • It's Garry Shandling's Show
    • various episodes


  1. "Alan Rafkin, 73, a Top Director Of Popular Television Comedies". The New York Times. 12 August 2001. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. Bogdanovich, Peter (8 February 1999). "TV Curmudgeon Alan Rafkin … Ahhh, Garbo! … Woody-Frasier Reunion … A Hole in the Head?". The New York Observer. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 

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