‘Rowan & Martin’ Director Gordon Wiles Dies at 84

The two-time Emmy Award nominee also helmed the 1974 Sissy Spacek film “Ginger in the Morning.”

Gordon Wiles, who directed 40 episodes of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In as well as the 1974 Sissy Spacek starrer Ginger in the Morning, died April 27 in Irvine, Calif. He was 84.

Gordon was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1968 and 1969 for his work on Laugh-In.

In Ginger in the Morning, Spacek starred as a free-spirited hitchhiker who meets a divorced man (Monte Markham) on the road to Albuquerque and becomes romantically involved with him.

A native of Pontiac, Mich., who attended Wabash College in Indiana, Wiles began his career with NBC in 1950 in New York. He entered the U.S. Army and operated an Armed Forces Radio Network station inside North Korea, then returned to the network in 1952.

Wiles served as an assistant director and producer on NBC’s The Dinah Shore Chevy Show before becoming a freelance director.

Survivors include his children Wendy and Gordon Jr., grandchildren Ashley and Adam, sister Linky, nieces Elizabeth and Mary and nephew Chris.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona Del Mar, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Howe Military Academy in Indiana or to the American Diabetes Association.

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