LOS ANGELES, August 21, 2011 - 81-year old legendary film and television director Reza Badiyi died peacefully on Saturday, August 20th at 5 p.m. at the UCLA Medical Center due to medical complications. He was surrounded by his immediate family and loved ones. Funeral services to be announced by his family.
About Reza Badiyi
Born on April 17, 1930 in Arak, Iran, Reza Badiyi graduated from the Academy of Drama in Iran and received the prestigious golden medal of art from the Shah of Iran. He was then invited by the United States government in 1955 to pursue a film career. A graduate of Syracuse University in Audiovisual Studies, Mr. Badiyi began his American experience as a cinematographer. This career took him through New York, Kansas City and finally to Los Angeles. Mr. Badiyi has had the privilege of working with such A-list directors as Robert Altman and Sam Pekinpah. In 1963, Mr. Badiyi began his directorial career. In the last six decades, he directed over 430 episodes of Television and several movies. Mr. Badiyi directed such classics as, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, Barretta, The Six Million Dollar Man, Cagney & Lacey, The Trails of Rosie O'Neill, Falcon Crest, Star Treck, Baywatch, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, La Femme Nikita, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and many more. Mr. Badiyi is the recipient of the Humanitas Award and The Directors Guild Of America Award for directing the most hours of television.
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