Don McDougall (born 1917 in San Francisco, California) is a director who began work in television in the 1940s. Over the years, Don McDougall directed episodes of The Roy Rogers Show, Jungle Jim, State Trooper, Trackdown (39 episodes), Wanted: Dead or Alive, Bonanza (31 episodes), Rawhide, The Virginian (42 episodes), Star Trek, Ironside, The Mod Squad and Mannix.

In 1974, McDougall directed three episodes of the Planet of the Apes TV series - "The Gladiators", "Tomorrow's Tide" and "The Deception". Apes star Ron Harper later recalled: "Do you remember the scene in 'Tomorrow’s Tide’ where James and I swim under flaming water trying to spear fish? We shot that in a pond on the back lot at CBS in Studio City, where they shot 'Gunsmoke' and a lot of things. The flames were coming up from gas pipes. The director Don McDougall had me walking into the water... and walking into the water getting closer and closer to the flames. When I was about 20 feet from the flames, Don said, "Go out further, Ron." So I went out another 15 feet and asked, "Okay?" He said, "Go a little further." Finally I'm practically touching the flames - which didn’t bother me, but I knew that if I did get burnt, it would interfere with their production schedule! I said, "For Christ's sake. I’m almost in the flames! What do you want to do, roast me, or what?" Don said, "Okay, that's far enough, Ron, back down!" - and he laughed. He said, "I wanted to see how far you'd go!" Don McDougall - I liked him!"[1] McDougall went on to direct episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, CHiPs, Dallas, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Fall Guy.

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  1. I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews With 23 Veterans of Horror and Sci-Fi by Tom Weaver (2008)

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