DON LEWIS BARNHART
Mr. Barnhart has recently finished his fourth novel entitled, ‘The Sweet Talkers’. ‘Jacks and the Jills’, ‘Crooked Road Straight’ and ‘Our Father’s Sons’, were completed in 2008/09/10. They are all available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook and for special signed editions go to his Website. (see address below)
He loves the writing process and has created a number of screenplays and television concepts. ‘So you Wanna be an Actor’, a pilot, was produced in Las Vegas and is being pitched, with Don as Director/M.C. of this interesting concept. His movie company, Maxxam Entertainment, is currently in the arduous task of securing funds to produce his original screenplay, ‘Vegas Wedding Blues’, which he is set to direct.
Prior to his current writing career, Mr. Barnhart has Directed, Assistant Directed and Stage Managed hundreds of Network television shows in all formats, including single and multiple cameras, on stage and on locations, featuring book shows, musicals and commercials.
His directing credits include, but not all, Mork & Mindy, Benson, Full House, Hardknocks, pilots; Here To Stay and The O'Brians. He also directed 85 episodes of the syndicated series, Comedy Break, multiple episodes of Down To Earth, Safe At Home, Rocky Road, Madam's Place and a three hour live Network show entitled Celebrate America.
He’s also had the privilege of directing eight (8) seasons of the extremely popular NBC Network teen-age series, Saved By The Bell (over 200 hundred episodes seen here and in 85 countries during its hey-day and is currently still on the air) plus, three (3) seasons of California Dreams (over 40 episodes).
When ‘SBTB’ became a major success, Mr. Barnhart directed the NBC Movie of the Week, “Saved By The Bell, Hawaiian Style’ to huge ratings. Swapping a Speedo for snowshoes, he traveled to Montreal, Canada to direct multiple episodes (7) of Fox’s popular teen-age show, Student Bodies.
Don recently finished his twelfth year of directing the annual “Meet The Nominees’ for the Director’s Guild of America and in 1996 received the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Award. He has also had the wild and unique experience of directing both Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters at the same time. No award for that, however, but he did learn some comedy.
Earlier, as an Assistant director, Don worked on many TV specials. Among them, the Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Ringo Starr specials. He has logged over 1000 hours of the daytime drama, General Hospital and never called in sick. His additional film AD work includes, McCloud, The Bionic Woman and Beretta.
Don has directed many stage plays and has performed as an actor in repertory and community theatre companies throughout the Pacific Northwest and at the Call-board theatre, the Attic theatre and The First Stage theatre in Los Angeles. He spent the entire 'sixties' as a popular radio personality on many stations in many towns, doing that DJ thing before it became the ‘rave’. He has been a featured speaker at many colleges and film classes, trying to give something back to the fledging artists to come.
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