Director-Producer Stockton Briggle Dies at 79

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He helmed Rock Hudson, Dick Van Dyke and Joe Namath on stage and produced a daytime soap opera and several miniseries in the 1980s.

Stockton Briggle, who directed such performers as Rock Hudson, Dick Van Dyke, Ann Miller and Joe Namath on stage, died March 22 in Beverly Hills after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

For television, Briggle produced the miniseries The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) starring Alec Baldwin and Raul Julia; Bridge to Silence (1989), with Marlee Matlin and Lee Remick; and Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992), starring Lesley Ann Warren and Tess Harper.

He and late partner Steven Willig founded Briggle/Willig Productions in the 1970s, and they worked with such actors as Fannie Flagg, Brenda Vaccarro, James Farentino, Chita Rivera, Eve Arden, Martha Raye, James Karen, Earle Hyman, George Grizzard, Sherman Hemsley, Donald O’Connor, Paul Lynde, Eartha Kitt, Imogene Coca, Jack Gilford, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Selma Diamond, Ann Blyth and a very young Jane Krakowski.

For national tours, Briggle directed Hudson in the musical Camelot for a 13-city stint in 1977 and guided Van Dyke in Damn Yankees, Miller in Anything Goes and Namath, the Hall of Fame NFL quarterback, in Li’l Abner.

He also directed Sian Phillips, the wife of Peter O’Toole, in Spine Chiller in a 1978 West End production and produced concerts for Ethel Merman and Constance Towers.

Briggle produced multiple episodes of the 1980s CBS daytime serial Capitol and directed for the CBS sitcom Alice, starring Linda Lavin.

In later years, he was an interior designer, commuting from Beverly Hills to his native Texas, and he worked on a home owned by actress Alyssa Milano. His love affair with cooking resulted in cooking tours and lectures throughout the country as well.

Survivors include his husband, Mark Tillman-Briggle, and brothers William, Tony and Michael and their families.

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