Hanging with my pal, Jack.



Director / Author / Filmmaker


Don Lewis Barnhart


Oct 15, 1938 - Oct 3rd, 2016.

"It's better to wear out than to rust.  See you on the other side!"


My father Don Lewis Barnhart asked that there be no funeral and no memorial but that his ashes

be sprinkled in each hole on the golf course where he lived.

Ironically, I feel his presence, energy, love and support even more than I did before.

If you would like to do something to honor his life, the family asks that you do a

"Planned Act of Kindness" for someone..

See you on the other side, Pop!




Don Barnhart and Ron Howard share some laughs at the DGA Awards


On the television side of my career, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of directing major actors; the talented Robin Williams comes to mind, so does Jonathan Winters, Darren McGavin, Bob Saget and John Stamos to name but a handful, and let’s not forget the wonderful cast on the Bell series (eight seasons). Working with gifted crews and tons of funny writers over the past thirty years has also been a blessing. I should have learned something about humor, what?

The writing process of developing novels, however, opened up yet another door for me in this crazy world of creativity. I love it and even though I still direct when opportunities present themselves, I now eagerly look forward to the rush from sitting down at this magical machine and slugging through the vast challenges that bring my stories to life.

I truly hope you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed putting it together and I welcome your lucid comments. A full resume and video bio are also two simple clicks away on separate links.




Backstage with Clint Eastwood at the Director's Guild Association

Sr. & Jr. sharing an espresso before Jr's headline show in Las Vegas, NV


Comedy is where you find it...



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