Ray Nazzarro, director of about 200 motion pictures and television episodes, has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.
Nazzarro, a native of Boston, came to Hollywood at the age of 18. As Nazzarro, a man of small stature, later told his family, he got his first job in movies as a stand-in for Mary Pickford.
He went on to work in a variety of movie jobs behind the scenes. During the 1940s and '50s he directed many of Columbia Pictures' low-budget Western and action films. Among them were "Outlaws of the Rockies," "Quick on the Trigger," "Al Jennings of Oklahoma" and "Kansas Pacific."
Later he worked in European films, including the German-Italian "Dog Eat Dog" and the Italian "Arrivederci Cowboy." He also directed many episodes for television series such as "Fury," "Buffalo Bill Jr." and "The Durango Kid."
Nazzarro died Sept. 8 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank.
He is survived by his wife, Selena, and daughter, Milane Carr of Willits, Calif.