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Bernard Girard, 79; Director, Writer, Producer for Film, TV

January 17, 1998

Bernard Girard, film and television director, writer and producer, has died at age 79.

Girard, who won a Sylvania Award for directing the television series "Medic," died Dec. 30 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills.

Associated with more than 300 TV shows, Girard was nominated for Emmys for his work on "Playhouse 90" and "You Are There."

Among his other television credits are "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Twilight Zone," "McHale's Navy," "Wagon Train" and "Rawhide."

Girard traveled the globe directing and scripting such films as "The Party Crashers" in 1958, "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round" in 1966 and "The Mad Room" in 1969. He also directed "The Happiness Cage" in 1972 and "Little Moon and Jud McGraw" in 1978.

Born in Vallejo, Calif., Girard served in the Army Air Corps before moving to Hollywood in the late 1940s.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Santa Paula, Calif.; and three sons, Chris of Miami, Peter of Los Angeles and Michael of Palo Alto.

A memorial service is planned for today at 3 p.m. in the John Ford Chapel on the Woodland Hills campus of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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