Filmmaker Ted Post passed away Tuesday from natural causes, he was 95 years old. Best known for the work he did with Clint Eastwood. The two worked together on the television series "Rawhide" and later worked on the films "Hang Em High" and "Magnum Force" before the two had a falling out. Post also directed the cult films "The Baby", "The Harrad Experiment", "Good Guys Wear Black" and "Nightkill". He also worked on several iconic television shows such as "Gunsmoke", "The Twilight Zone", "Columbo", "Perry Mason", "Wagon Train", "The Rifleman", "Combat!", "The Virginian" and "Peyton Place".
Post also was one of the first directors to film a Vietnam War movie post 1975 when he directed Burt Lancaster in the film "Go Tell the Spartans" and directed "Beneath the Planet of the Apes". During the 80's he directed the pilot episode of "Cagney & Lacey" and a made-for-television remake of the film "Stagecoach". He directed to more low budget productions before going into semi-retirement. After a few years, Post returned to stage directing in 2001 when he directed the "Festival of Arts" at the Bel-Air's University of Judaism.
Ted Post got interested in film and theater at an early age, During his teenage years he worked as an usher in the Loew's Pitkin Theater. He was drafter in the Army during World War II and perfected his craft by directing plays and musicals for his fellow soldiers. After his service ended, Post went to Broadway and continued to direct on the stage until he was noticed by Hollywood and the rest is history. One of Ted Post's trademarks is his stage like direction and his detail in props and sets.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years Thelma, son Robert and daughter Laurie.