Veteran Sitcom Director Bill Foster Dies at 78

Foster worked on sitcoms such as 'Sanford and Son' and 'Full House'

Bill Foster, who directed hundreds of hours of television and such sitcoms as Benson, Sanford and Son and Full House, died Feb. 2 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. He was 78.

Foster also helmed the pilot for Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1967, for which he received his lone Emmy nomination, and the infamous The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults, a Geraldo Rivera live syndicated special in 1986 that turned up very little of consequence in the gangster’s secret hiding place beneath the old Lexington Hotel in Chicago.

In his 1980s heyday, Foster also directed for the shows Amen starring Sherman Hemsley and Clifton Davis; You Again? starring Jack Klugman and John Stamos; and Marblehead Manor with Paxton Whitehead.

He earned a DGA Award for an AFI tribute to James Cagney in 1974 and helmed the Primetime Emmy show in 1972.

Survivors include his wife Lynn and children Michael, Julie and Susan. A private memorial service is planned. The family requests that donations in his name be made to the American Cancer Society.

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