Rod Daniel, American film director, Died at 73

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Rollin Augustus “Rod” Daniel III was born on August 4, 1942, and died on April 16, 2016.

He was an American television and film director.

Rod Daniel directed the films Teen Wolf (1985), Like Father Like Son (1987), K-9 (1989), The Super (1991), Beethoven’s 2nd (1993) and Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House (2002).

He attended high school the Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee (near Nashville) and graduated in 1960.

Rod was inducted into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

Daniel graduated from Vanderbilt University and briefly attended law school which he decided was not for him.

He got a job in advertising as a producer and director of commercials first in Nashville, then Atlanta and Chicago.

Rollin and Hugh Wilson became acquainted, who produced and directed sitcoms.

Hugh was creating a new show called WKRP in Cincinnati and invited Daniel to watch the filming of the pilot. Daniel said, “On set, I just instinctively knew how to do what they were doing so I pursued it aggressively”.

During 1978, Rollin became the director of the show which was the spark for his future career in TV and films.

Daniel Roolin’s father was a surgeon.

And Rollin A. Daniel Jr. M.D. was the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery At Vanderbilt University and a founding member of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Rod Daniel passed away at 73 yrs old.

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