Kim Manners

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Kim Manners
Kim Manners
Born(1951-01-13)January 13, 1951
DiedJanuary 25, 2009(2009-01-25) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationDirector, producer, and actor
Years active1978–2009
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Kim Manners
Kim Manners
Born(1951-01-13)January 13, 1951
DiedJanuary 25, 2009(2009-01-25) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationDirector, producer, and actor
Years active1978–2009

Kim Manners (January 13, 1951 – January 25, 2009) was an American television producer, director and actor best known for his work on The X-Files and Supernatural.

Early life[edit]

Kim Manners was raised in a show business family. His father, Sam Manners (born Savino Maneri in Cleveland, Ohio) had production credits on shows such as The Wild Wild West and Route 66.[1] Manners did some acting as a child; his first role was at the age of three in a Chevrolet commercial. He also watched and occasionally participated in his father's work as well as the work of William Beaudine, Sr., director of Rin Tin Tin. It was Beaudine who inspired Manners to become a director.[2] Manners' brother, Kelly, has production and directorial credits on Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse[3] and his sister, Tana, works as a television director.[4]


Manners made his directorial debut in 1978, directing an episode of Charlie's Angels. Prior to this, he had worked as unit production manager on the show and as an assistant director on a handful of other projects.[2][5] Other notable directorial credits to Manners' name include episodes of 21 Jump Street, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Baywatch, K-9000, and The Commish.[5]

Manners left his directing job at Stephen J. Cannell Productions in 1993 to work on the television series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. He directed 7 of the series' 27 episodes, more than any other director for the show. He joked that he was the series' "mascot director". He was happy with the work for the series, and felt that it "stretched" him creatively. He said, "It really woke me up as a director, almost spiritually…" and that directing for Brisco was a large contributing factor to his later success as a regular director on The X-Files.[6]

Manners signed on to produce and direct The X-Files in the show's second season at the advice of Rob Bowman, who had worked on the show in its first season, and James Wong and Glen Morgan, who were writers for the show and had previously worked with Manners on 21 Jump Street.[2] He, along with his fellow producers on The X-Files, was nominated for four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.[5] Manners was referenced in the X-Files episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" with a foul-mouthed police detective named after him. Following the finale of The X-Files in 2002, Manners directed a number of small projects before signing on to direct and produce Supernatural in 2005.[5]

Death and memorial[edit]

Manners died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, on January 25, 2009, aged 58.[7][8]

The closing credits of the Supernatural season four episode "Death Takes a Holiday", which aired on March 12, 2009, showed two photos of Manners, along with the caption "We dedicate the entire season to Kim Manners" and a message stating, "We miss you, Kim."[9] The fifth episode of the second season of AMC's Breaking Bad, titled "Breakage", which premiered on April 5, 2009, featured a dedication to Manners in the end credits.


YearTV SeriesRoleNumber of Episodes
1979 - 1981Charlie's AngelsDirector8
1983 - 1984AutomanDirector4
1983 - 1985Matt HoustonDirector10
1985Street HawkDirector1
1985Finder of Lost LovesDirector1
1984 - 1986Simon & SimonDirector5
1985 - 1986Hardcastle and McCormickDirector6
1985 - 1986RiptideDirector2
1986Sledge Hammer!Director1
1986 - 1987HunterDirector2
1986 - 1987StingrayDirector2
1986 - 1987SidekicksDirector3
1987 - 1988J.J. StarbuckDirector2
1988Star Trek: The Next GenerationDirector1
1988Mission: ImpossibleDirector2
1989 - 1990BookerDirector2
1987 - 199021 Jump StreetDirector12
1990Broken BadgesDirector2
1991The 100 Lives of Black Jack SavageDirector1
1993The Hat SquadDirector2
1994Fortune HunterDirector1
1993 - 1994The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.Director7
1991 - 1994The CommishDirector7
1994 - 1997M.A.N.T.I.S.Director3
2000Harsh RealmDirector1
1995 - 2002The X-FilesDirector52
2005Over ThereDirector1
2005 - 2008SupernaturalDirector16


  1. ^ "IMDB Profile: Sam Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Hurwitz, Matt (Mar 2002). "Kim Manners". DGA Monthly. Directors Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. 
  3. ^ "IMDB Profile: Kelly A. Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  4. ^ "IMDB Profile: Tana M. Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d "IMDB Profile: Kim Manners". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  6. ^ Nazzaro, Joe (June 1996). "Fantasies in Dark and Light". Starlog (227): 70–73. 
  7. ^ Zap2it
  8. ^ Mitovich, Matt (2009-01-26). "Supernatural Producer-Director Kim Manners Dies after Cancer Battle". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. 
  9. ^ "Death Takes a Holiday". Supernatural. Season 4. Episode 15. March 12, 2009.

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