LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Sarafian, an influential film director whose
1971 countercultural car-chase thriller "Vanishing Point" brought him a
decades-long cult following, has died in Southern California, his son said
Richard Sarafian reportedly died at a Santa Monica hospital on Wednesday
of pneumonia contracted while he was recovering from a fall, Deran Sarafian
told The Associated Press.
Sarafian worked primarily in television in his early career, directing episodes
of 60s shows like "Gunsmoke," ”I Spy," and "77 Sunset Strip."
He also directed 1963’s "Living Doll" episode of "The Twilight Zone," a chilling
tale whose demonic main character Talky Tina terrified children for decades.
“Living Doll” starring Telly Savalas