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Rodney "Rod" Amateau (December 20, 1923 – June 29, 2003) was an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. Among the programs which he directed were The Dennis Day Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, Gilligans Island, The Bob Cummings Show. and The New Phil Silvers Show. He produced My Mother the Car and Supertrain, and wrote the story for the 1988 film Sunset. Amateau also directed a few episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard, and appeared in a handful of episodes as an actor as well. In 1987, he directed, produced, and co-wrote The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, which is considered to be one of the worst films ever made. From 1945 to 1949, he was married to actress Coleen Gray, who sued him for child support in 1955. From 1959-62, he was married to Sandra Burns, daughter of George Burns and Gracie Allen.

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