|Born:||February 13, 1942|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles County, California, U.S.|
|Television/Film director and producer|
|Known for:||Archie Bunker's Place |
The Golden Girls
All in the Family
|Involved with:||Night Court|
|Job on series:||Second Unit/Asst. Director, 23 episodes, Seasons 1-9 |
Director, 2 episodes (Seasons 1&2)
Gary K. Shimokawa (born February 13, 1942) served as an assistant and second unit director on 23 episodes of Night Court during its network TV run; he also directed 2 episodes himself the episodes "Hi Honey, I'm Home" and "The Birthday Visitor". A veteran TV director and producer, Gary is also known for directing Archie Bunker's Place, The Golden Girls, which were also both very successfu sitcoms. He has directed and produced over 40 shows and movies.
Before venturing into Hollywood films and TV, Shimokawa, who was raised in Los Angeles County, CA, taught on the junior high and high school level in Los Angeles, and wrote on the Gardena Valley News, a local bi-weekly paper, as the Sports and Entertainment editor. In television, he has directed and produced shows for over 35 years (primarily half-hour multi-cam comedy shows for prime-time and cable) totaling over 600 episodes. He also co-wrote a comedy pilot for Nickelodeon cable TV network. Shimowaka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Univ. of Southern California (USC) in Comparative Literature.
Shimokawa also served as an Adjunct Professor at USC for two years in the graduate film and television program and was also an Adjunct Professor at LMU in undergraduate television. He presently serves as a visiting professor at New York University's Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.