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->'''Creator/LeonardNimoy:''' Melllvar, you have to respect your actors. When I directed ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'', I got a magnificent performance out of Bill because I respected him so much.\\
'''Creator/WilliamShatner:''' And when I directed ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'', I got a magnificent performance out of me because I respected me so much.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[Recap/FuturamaS4E11WhereNoFanHasGoneBefore "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"]]

Later on in an ongoing TV series run, one of the cast members may get the idea in their head to take a turn at the helm. They'll have been around a set and crew for some time now and having shifted from the floating jobbing actor life to a more stable schedule, a desire to try something new may be piquing up. Now considering that by this stage they will have a decent relationship with the production staff, who probably don't want to say no and who also don't want the stars to getting ideas of wandering off into their head, the idea of directing an episode will come up.

Not much will change stylistically in this episode, since a good budding director will try to emulate the ongoing style to fit it while a bad one would hopefully be steered heavily by the established staff. However, the episode may be noted for completely [[WrittenInAbsence leaving out]] the actor's character, or reducing them to a [[MandatoryLine walk-on role]], so that they can focus on the directing. On the other hand, maybe they go for the opposite, having an episode that does [[ADayInTheLimelight focus heavily on them]], so that they don't so much have to deal with directing other people's acting.

Of course, you might not want to trust the coffee passed to you by the guy who went to film school, worked as a runner for five years and spent every day sucking up to the director to no avail...

Writer-actor, director-actor and other hyphenated jobs titles are normally used to refer to someone who develops more than one role simultaneously. That is not this trope. This trope is about those whose careers evolve (or attempt to evolve) into another role, using their current employment as a springboard. Think [[SmallReferencePools Dual classing vs Multi-classing]] with Directed by Cast Member being [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dual Classing]].

See also WrittenByCastMember.



* This is very common in anime dubs, with many voice actors moving onto voice directing, and working on their own shows with roles of varying sizes.
* Creator/LauraBailey voice directed some episodes of ''Anime/BlueGender'', ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'', and ''Anime/GunslingerGirl'', while voicing leads in all three shows.
* Creator/LiamOBrien works on ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' as a writer and voice director while voicing Gaara.
* Creator/CaitlinGlass voice directed ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' while voicing lead Haruhi, and also did some episodes of ''Manga/OnePiece'' while voicing Vivi, and ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' while voicing Miria.
* Creator/RichardEpcar voice directed the first dub of ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Ghost in the Shell: Innocence]]'' while voicing Batou, and also directed the second and fourth ''Manga/LupinTheThird'' shows while voicing Jigen.
* FUNimation's go-to voice director for the ''Manga/DragonBall'' franchise is Creator/ChristopherSabat, who also voices a bunch of roles on the show (Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Shenron, Recoome, Jeice, Burter, Zarbon, Kami, etc), but other directors include Creator/ChuckHuber (Pilaf, Garlic Jr, Android 17, Kibito), Creator/MikeMcFarland (Master Roshi, Yajirobe, Baby Vegeta), Creator/KentWilliams (Dr. Gero, Supreme Kai), Creator/SonnyStrait (Krillin, General Blue, Bardock), Chris Cason (Shu, original Tien and Mr. Popo), and Creator/JustinCook (Raditz, Super Buu).
** The original Ocean dub had Creator/IanJamesCorlett (Goku #1, Master Roshi #2), Terry Klassen (Krillin, Guldo, Master Roshi #5), and Michael Donovan (Master Roshi #1).
* Chris Sabat also had roles in other shows he's voice directed, such as ''Manga/DGrayMan'' (voicing Cross Marian), ''Anime/GlassFleet'' (voicing Heizak), ''Anime/SoltyRei'' (voicing Roy), ''[[Manga/LupinTheThird Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine]]'' (voicing Jigen), and some of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (voicing Kuabara).
* The main voice director of ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' was Justin Cook, who voiced Yusuke. He was only 19 when he started too.
* The [=DiC=] dub of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was originally directed by Tracey Moore, the original voice of the title character. Later, Roland Parliament (Melvin/Umino) took over, while Terri Hawkes (Sailor Moon #2) and Mary Long (Molly/Naru and Katzy/Koan #2) assistant directed some episodes.
* The late Kevin Seymour was a veteran anime voice director in the 90s and early-mid 2000s, but he rarely cast himself in his shows. The biggest exception was Inspector Zenigata in ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro]]''.
* Creator/EricStuart voiced directed most of ''Manga/YuGiOh'' while voicing Seto Kaiba. He also directed parts of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' while voicing Brock and James. Creator/TedLewis (Tracey, original James), also directed some episodes.
* ''Anime/YourName'' was co-voice directed by Creator/StephanieSheh and Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas, who voiced the two leads Mitsuha and Taki.
** Both have done this many times. Sheh voiced Paho in ''Anime/PatemaInverted'' and Natsuki in ''Anime/WelcomeToTheSpaceShow'', among others, while voice directing, and Sinterniklaas also voiced leads in ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' (as Moritaka), ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers Revolution]]'' (as Xellos), and ''Anime/TimeOfEve'' (as Masaki), all of which he directed.
* Charles Campbell, the voice director of ADV's dub of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', voiced Leader X under alias Winston Parish.

* Creator/ErichVonStroheim in his two of his first three films as a director, ''Blind Husbands'' and ''Film/FoolishWives''. After Stroheim blew way, way past his budget for ''Foolish Wives'', the studio tried to fire him from the production, but they couldn't, because he was also the star. In his next film, ''Merry-Go-Round'', he wasn't allowed to star, and sure enough, he was fired. Stroheim did later star in his last completed film as a director, ''Film/TheWeddingMarch''.
* Creator/ClintEastwood started directing himself in the 1970s. In fact, the Director's Guild of America has a rule named after Eastwood. It prevents a ''current'' cast or crew member from replacing the director of the film (it became the ''Eastwood rule'' after Clint gave the boot to Philip Kaufman when shooting ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''). This is why, in a TroubledProduction like ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' or ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' where the director quits or gets fired, the ''de facto'' cast member director has to find a ''de jure'' director through whom to work. Eastwood was recognized as the oldest man to direct his own film and have it become a #1 box office hit with ''Film/GranTorino''.
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' were directed by Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock. ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' was directed by William Shatner, who played Kirk. ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' and ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' were directed by Jonathan Frakes, who played Riker.
* Creator/KurtRussell ghost directed some scenes of ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' after the original director was fired. After a new director was found, Russell still helped with some of the directing. Russell has said that he ghost-directed the entire film, with George Cosmatos taking credit so it didn't look like Russell forced his way into the director's chair. The only condition was that Cosmatos would take credit until he died (which happened in 2005). Cosmatos is also supposed to have become the director for the film for the reason that he did the same during ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' (as mentioned above).
* In a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, a candidate for directing the third ''Film/HarryPotter'' film, ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', was Creator/KennethBranagh, who had played Professor Lockhart in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the previous film]]. In the end, however, Creator/AlfonsoCuaron was chosen as director. In cases of things that DID happen, Creator/KennethBranagh does this almost all the time in his films of Shakespeare's plays.
* In this case "2nd Unit Directed By Cast Member", Andy Serkis got the opportunity to direct his scenes as Sméagol in ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing''. Having shown himself to be able to shoot as Peter Jackson liked, he was then also hired as second unit director.
* Creator/ChristopherReeve also did this with ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' in addition to [[WrittenByCastMember having co-story credit]].
* Creator/TomHanks directed ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' and ''Film/LarryCrowne'' along with acting in them (he also wrote the former and co-wrote and produced the latter).
* ''Film/TheDevilsHairpin'' was written and directed by Cornel Wilde who also is the main star.
* Creator/DannyDeVito and his real wife Rhea Pearlman in the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Matilda}}''. De Vito directs, and also plays both Harry Wormwood and the narrator.
* Creator/BenAffleck has graduated to this stage, including three where Ben himself was the protagonist: ''Film/TheTown'', ''Film/{{Argo}}'' and ''Film/LiveByNight''.
* When Creator/MontyPython moved to the silver screen, three of their four films were directed by member Terry Jones. Creator/TerryGilliam was co-director for [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Grail]], but decided to back out of the remaining two films after he and Jones clashed due to their contrasting styles.
* Creator/SidneyPoitier eventually got tired of being typecast as [[Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight Virgil Tibbs]]-like characters, so he began directing his own films and starring in the first several including: ''Buck and the Preacher'', ''A Warm December'', ''Uptown Saturday Night'', ''Let's Do It Again'' and ''A Piece of the Action'' (the latter three co-starring Creator/BillCosby). After this he largely stopped acting to focus on directing and directed four more films before stopping after ''Film/GhostDad''.
* Creator/OttoPreminger returned to directing movies at Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox with ''Theatre/MarginForError'', in which he played the villain. Even though Preminger had also directed himself in the Broadway production ([[DescendedCreator though his part was originally intended for a different actor]]), and directed numerous films both before and after this one, the studio, having fired Preminger as director several years earlier, wasn't willing to pay him except as a supporting actor at this point (in ''The Pied Piper'' and this movie).
* Creator/JeanRenoir was a notable director who appeared in supporting roles in his own films, most famously as Octave in his masterpiece, ''Film/TheRulesOfTheGame''.
* Creator/FrancoisTruffaut appeared as an actor in the following films ''The Wild Child, Film/DayForNight, The Green Room'' while showing up in CreatorCameo in other films he made.
* Shintaro Katsu was already producing as well as starring in the ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}'' film series by the time he took up directing. He directed himself in ''Zatoichi in Desperation'', the TV series ''Zatoichi monogatari'' and the 1989 revival movie.
* Creator/PeterSellers directed most of his final film, ''Film/TheFiendishPlotOfDrFuManchu'', but refused to have his name credited.
* Creator/JonFavreau starred in his directorial debut, ''Film/{{Made}}''. Since then he has played minor roles in many of the films he's directed including ''Film/IronMan1'' and ''Film/IronMan2'', where he played Tony's bodyguard Happy Hogan and has also directed and starred in ''Film/{{Chef}}''.
* Tommy Wiseau, who starred in his own film ''Film/TheRoom'', had wrote the script, produced the film, and directed it. [[SoBadItsGood The results are well-known.]]
* Anthony Perkins directed ''Film/PsychoIII'' while reprising the role of Norman Bates.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Alan Alda directed numerous ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episodes (he also [[WrittenByCastMember wrote for the show]] - in fact, he directed most of the episodes he is credited for writing).
** Harry Morgan and Mike Farrell also directed several episodes each. David Ogden Stiers directed a couple. Even Jamie Farr had one episode behind the camera.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' - Creator/DavidSchwimmer, who parlayed this into a career directing feature films and TV shows in which he does not star (most notably Film/RunFatboyRun).
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O'Neill) was one of the series' executive producers from day one. The crew joked in one of the DVD featurettes that this was partly to make sure he showed up on time for shoots.
** Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) directed several and wrote a few (interestingly, one of Shanks' early episodes involved robot clones and he was able to get out of half of the screen time by just killing the clone).
** Creator/AmandaTapping (Samantha Carter) directed an episode (season 7's "Resurrection", which, incidentally, was written by Michael Shanks).
* Creator/RobertCarlyle directed an episode of SpinOff ''Series/StargateUniverse''.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' - Creator/AmandaTapping has taken more than one spin in the director's chair, while Robin Dunne made his directing debut in season 4. Tapping also served as the executive producer for the show, and she has joked that was done so that she can save the show some money by not paying herself.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' - Richard Schiff, the episodes "Talking Points" and "A Good Day".
* Schiff's co-star on ''Series/TheWestWing'', Bradley Whitford, directed the season (ultimately the series) finale of ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''. He also wrote two episodes of ''The West Wing'', one each in the show last two seasons.
** Whitford's co-star on ''Studio 60'', Timothy Busfield, directed six episodes of the show.
* Tom Welling got seven episodes (one each in seasons 59, and two in season 10) on ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. The first one was considered to be one of his character's better episodes. Creator/MichaelRosenbaum, John Schneider and Justin Hartley all directed one episode each (in seasons 6, 3 and 10, respectively), while Allison Mack directed two (one each in seasons 8 and 9). Hartley also got to write one episode of season 10.
* About three-quarters of the entire cast of all five ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series have directed at least one episode. William Shatner has directed one of the movies, and Leonard Nimoy and Jonathan Frakes have each directed two of them.
** Averted during the run of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]. None of the original cast ever directed a TV episode of any ''Star Trek'' series.
** Gates [=McFadden=], who is more well regarded as a choreographer than actor, directed the episode "Genesis," where her expertise in directing movement was put to good use. Her own character spends most of the episode in stasis, freeing her to focus on direction.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Here is the list of which actors directed which episodes (other than those already listed).
*** Creator/JonathanFrakes directed the episodes "The Offspring", "Reunion", "The Drumhead", "Cause and Effect", "The Quality of Life", "The Chase", "Attached" and "Sub Rosa".
*** Patrick Stewart directed "In Theory", "Hero Worship", "A Fistful of Datas", "Phantasms" and "Preemptive Strike".
*** Creator/LeVarBurton directed "Second Chances" and "The Pegasus".
** ''Star Trek'' also passed along cast member directors between series. Roxann Dawson and Robert Duncan [=McNeill=] both directed episodes of ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', and Dawson also directed episodes of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''. Jonathan Frakes directed an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''. Levar Burton tops them all by directing episodes of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was so fond of this that even Andrew Robinson (a recurring guest star, rather than a main cast member) directed an episode.
*** Note that many of the Franchise/StarTrek cast member-directors are now or were professors of directing and acting for the stage: Creator/JonathanFrakes (Rockport College), Avery Brooks (Rutgers University), Andrew J. Robinson (USC), Rene Auberjonois (Juilliard).
*** Pointedly averted by Nana Visitor who, aware of the predilection of her castmates to direct episodes, always denied that she would ever do so herself: "Cirroc Lofton [the only child actor in the cast] will direct an episode before I do", she was fond of saying. As Lofton aged and that actually became a possibility, she switched it to "my [then-infant] son".
*** Over on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Ethan Phillips also made it clear that he had no intention of ever calling the shots on an episode.
** While normally the episodes directed by a cast member either don't feature their character (such as the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Riddles," in which B'Elanna Torres (that episode's director Roxann Dawson) doesn't appear at all) or only feature them briefly, the much-praised ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Far Beyond the Stars" sticks out because it was directed by Avery Brooks, who features prominently in pretty much ''every single scene''.
*** The reason for this was that the episode was about racism in the 1950s and the writers thought that the episode would suffer if it wasn't directed by someone who has to live with it today.
*** The episode was originally supposed to star Cirroc Lofton, but it had to be changed due to schedule issues.
** One of the complaints Garrett Wang had about his time on ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' was that he never got to a direct an episode, despite asking several times. In fact, Wang holds the dubious distinction of being the ''only'' actor '''''in the entire franchise''''' who wanted to direct, but was never allowed to. Looks like Harry Kim's ButtMonkey status is contagious...
* Creator/WilliamShatner did direct ten episodes of ''Series/TJHooker''. James Darren (who played Officer Jim Corrigan) directed an episode himself.
** In fact, Darren directed several other shows (including ''Series/MelrosePlace'' a few years before he appeared as Tony Marlin). However, despite ''also'' appearing in ''Deep Space Nine'' (as holographic crooner Vic Fontaine), he never directed an episode of ''Trek''.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has seven episodes directed by Zach Braff (who, at the point he started directing episodes, had already written and directed [[Film/GardenState one movie]]), including "My No Good Reason", "My Princess" and "My Way Home" ([[MilestoneCelebration "My Way Home"]] even being one of the most well-received episodes of the later years of the show's run). Bill Lawrence has said Braff is probably the best director in the crew for large-scale shoots, which is why the more unusual episodes often go to him.
* David Boreanaz directed a fifth-season episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' where Angel spends all his time bedridden in hallucinations. He also directed a fourth-season episode and the 100th episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}''.
* Creator/RobinWilliams directed the final episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' (along with Creator/{{HBO}}'s ''Comic Relief'' TV special, his only directorial effort).
** Robin Williams claimed later that he lost any desire to direct after appearing in the flop Popeye, saying that he could never be critical of anyone else's performance without being reminded of "Popeye"
* Peter Falk directed an early episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' and also wrote one of the post-1989 episodes.
** In addition, regular guest star Patrick [=McGoohan=] directed a number of episodes.
* Edward James Olmos has directed three episodes of the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. He also directed the 2009 BSG TV movie, The Plan.
* ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' - Peter Bonerz started directing episodes in Season 2, beginning a successful career behind the camera on this and many other series.
* Susan Flannery has been a regular director on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' in addition to her starring role as Stephanie Forrester for several years now. Her directing skills so impressed CBS that she was invited to direct a few episodes of another soap on CBS, ''Series/GuidingLight''.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' - Robert Reed directed four episodes.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Creator/ZacharyLevi directed a major third-season episode, "Chuck vs. the Beard".
* ''Series/{{Coach}}'' - Craig T. Nelson directed 25 episodes (this extends to his other series, as he also did an episode of ''Call To Glory'' and two instalments of ''The District'').
* Several members of the production team of British GameShow ''Series/{{Countdown}}'' are former contestants of the show.
* ''Literature/DalzielAndPascoe''. Both Warren Clarke (Dalziel) and Colin Buchanan (Pascoe) directed episodes.
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' - Jerry Paris went on to a long directorial career on this and many other shows.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''
** The episode "Battle of Panthatar" was directed by Josh Peck.
** Creator/DrakeBell got his turn by directing the first part of the "Really Big Shrimp" special
* Creator/KelseyGrammer has directed numerous episodes of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', many focusing on his character although his first episode, "Moon Dance", only featured Frasier in 2 scenes. Dan Butler (Bulldog) has also directed an episode, albeit one in which his character does not appear.
** Several of Grammer's episodes are ones with notable flourishes: "Three Valentines" involved one continuous take as Niles sets his trousers on fire, as well as three independent storylines; "RDWRER", which is set mostly in a Winnebago; "Rooms With A View", which is set in a hospital waiting room with flashbacks being done by transitions to other rooms; and in "Don Juan in Hell: Part 2", Frasier ends up in a cabin full of [[strike:guest stars]] every girl he's ever dated (including his mother, as he always was a Freudian).
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' Alfonso Ribeiro directed an episode in the sixth and final season.
* Unsurprisingly, several episodes of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' were directed by Jack Lord.
* Adrian Paul directed several episodes of ''Series/HighlanderTheSeries.''
* ''Series/KenanAndKel''
** The episode "Three Girls, a Guy, and a Cineplex" was directed by Kenan Thompson.
** Kel Mitchell got his turn in the directors chair by directing the episode "The Crush".
* Hugh Beaumont directed a number of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' episodes.
* Paul Schrier (Bulk) directed several episodes of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' with Jason Narvy's (Skull) assistance, much to many people's surprise given the morons they played. Reportedly they were offered the opportunity to make up for many of their scenes in TheMovie being cut.
* ''Series/TheMonkees'': Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork directed episodes. Dolenz later had some success as a TV director in Britain.
* ''Series/NightCourt'' - John Larroquette, Harry Anderson and Charles Robinson all helmed episodes.
* Patrick [=McGoohan=] always had complete control over ''Series/ThePrisoner'', so it isn't surprising that he wrote and directed many episodes - usually under pseudonyms.
* Creator/MichaelChiklis (Vic Mackey) has directed a few episdoes of ''Series/TheShield''.
* Dick Christie directed a few episodes of ''Series/SmallWonder''.
* Parodied in a sketch by ''The State'': An actress is starring in and directing a TV costume drama. The scene shown is a monologue of hers, which is repeatedly injected with camera instructions.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Frank Bonner directed 5 episodes, and Howard Hesseman and Gordon Jump directed one each.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** David Duchovny directed a few of the later episodes, namely "The Unnatural", "Hollywood A.D.", and "William". He also [[WrittenByCastMember wrote]] "The Unnatural" and "Hollywood A.D.", and co-wrote "William". He had a few co-writer credits for other mostly MythArc episodes.
** And Gillian Anderson [[WrittenByCastMember wrote]] and directed "all things" (the lack of capitalization is stylized), which further explored her character.
* Carroll O'Connor directed episodes of ''Archie Bunker's Place'' and ''In the Heat of the Night''.
* Colin Ferguson (Carter), Joe Morton (Henry), and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison) have all directed episodes of ''Series/{{Eureka}}''.
* Jason Bateman directed ''Afternoon Delight'' of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. The episode is "standard fair" (as in, a show with a large ensemble where the majority of the characters gets a subplot each).
* ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'': One episode directed by Mary herself.
* ''[=CHiPs=]'': episodes directed by Robert Pine and Larry Wilcox
* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'': several episodes directed by Bill Bixby, plus two directed by Jack Colvin ("Goodbye Eddie Cain" and "East Winds").
* ''Series/TheFBI'': Nine episodes between 1970 and 1974 directed by Philip Abbott.
* ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'': One episode is directed by Barry Van Dyke.
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': All episodes of the 1950's and 1960's versions were directed by Jack Webb.
* ''Series/TheRookies'': Two episodes directed by Georg Stanford Brown ("Cliffy" and "Someone Who Cares") and one by Gerald S. O'Loughlin ("A Time to Mourn").
* ''The Streets Of San Francisco'': One episode directed by Michael Douglas ("Spooks for Sale").
* ''Series/{{Kojak}}'': several episodes directed by Telly Savalas.
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': Both Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul have directed episodes (though unlike Glaser, Soul never pursued it further).
* ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'': Penny Marshall directed four episodes of the series, serving as a springboard to her career as a feature film director. Cindy Williams and Michael [=McKean=] each directed an episode.
* ''Series/MiamiVice'': Both Don Johnson and Edward James Olmos have directed episodes.
* Randolph Mantooth directed 2 episodes of ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}''. His character spent one of them in the hospital after being hit by a car in TheTeaser, but he still had a lot of screen time. Kevin Tighe directed several episodes, writing another, and Michael Norell wrote 4.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Paul Lieberstein directed seven episodes, B.J. Novak did five, Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson all called the shots on three, and Mindy Kaling and Ed Helms... well, [[IncrediblyLamePun helmed]] two each. (Lieberstein, Novak, Carell and Kaling also [[WrittenByCastMember wrote several episodes]], and all but Carell directed one of their own scripts at least once.)
* Creator/NeilPatrickHarris directed an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Creator/HughLaurie directed the "Lockdown" episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', a BottleEpisode involving a (you guessed it) lockdown which neatly sticks characters in pairs in a single set for the entire episode, rotating through the pairs. So Laurie is free to be behind the camera for most of the episode and when he's in front of it it's in a tight character focused box.
* As if sweeping Best Actor Emmy awards wasn't enough to take up Bryan Cranston's time, he also directed the second and third season premieres, as well as the midseason premiere of the final season of ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* Over 30 episodes of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' were directed by Amanda Bearse (Marcy), who directed numerous other shows as well.
* Here's a strange one: Dennis Dugan was brought in for four episodes near the end of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', where he played the infamous "guy Maddie met on a train and immediately married for no apparent reason in order to provide a love triangle". This failed utterly and his character was written out and never seen again. However, Dugan himself stuck around to direct five unrelated episodes (and now Dugan is probably better known as a director than as an actor).
** This trope itself was parodied in the 'Shakespeare' episode of ''Moonlighting''. In one scene, 'Petruchio' (David Addison) pulls out a list of demands for Kate (Maddy Hayes). He reads out 'Top billing, 10% pay rise and a chance to direct' and then says 'oops, wrong list of demands'.
* Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid) directed three episodes of ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** "Mosley Lane" (5x16): This one was definitely a TearJerker episodes and, especially considering it involved heavy acting with teenagers and young children, was incredibly well executed. When you're able to get multiple really good performances out of ''kids'', you're doing something right.
** "Lauren" (6x18): This one was Paget Brewster's (Emily Prentiss) "goodbye episode" (due to the fiasco called ExecutiveMeddling during season six which AJ Cook was fired and Paget's role was reduced. Both returned for season seven) and she wanted Matthew to direct it. Another fantastic episode which involved [[spoiler: AJ Cook (JJ) returning for this episode and Emily faking her death]]. Needless to say, it was a TearJerker.
** "Heathridge Manor" (7x19): Very intriguing episode which was described by Matthew as "[[http://www.tvguide.com/News/Criminal-Minds-Matthew-Gray-Gubler-1045581.aspx eerily cerebral]]". This one was more about the psychological horror rather than the blood and guts.
** On another note, directing is actually Matthew's passion.
* ''Series/MadMen'' has two season-4 episodes directed by John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling).
** Season 5 featured directorial efforts from John Slattery and Jon Hamm. Slattery's episode - "Signal 30" - was particularly acclaimed (in part due to a script penned by ''Film/DogDayAfternoon'' writer Frank Pierson) and was deemed by many critics as one of the season's best episodes.
** This allows for some pretty cool visual irony: the opening scene of Slattery's first episode, [[Recap/MadMenS4E4TheRejected "The Rejected,"]] involves Roger Sterling and Don Draper discussing new regulations on cigarette advertisements over the phone with Lucky Strike; one of these requirements, as Roger reads out, is avoiding using wide angles, low and other forms of HitlerCam to make a smoker seem superhuman. At the same time, Don Draper is smoking, and Slattery makes sure to use...wide angles, low shots, and other forms of HitlerCam to make Don seem...well...you know the rest.
** Jared Haris (Lane Pryce) directed the 7th season episode ''Time & Life'' even though [[spoiler: his character hanged himself 2 seasons earlier]] making this Directed by ''former'' cast member.
* Lots of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episodes, though this likely has to do with the show being produced in Minnesota, away from major show business cities, and the fact Jim Mallon was the voice of Gypsy for a large portion of the run.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' had multiple episodes directed by Clark Johnson who later directed episodes of ''The Shield'' and ''The Wire'' as well as feature films. Kyle Secor also directed one episode. Steve Buscemi, who appeared in a guest role in Season 3, got to direct at least one later episode, in which he did not appear.
* Creator/ShannenDoherty directed three episodes of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', including [[McLeaned the last one she ever appeared in.]]
* Ryan Stiles directed an episode of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. Humorously, TheTag at the end of the episode featured the cast members congratulating him before they shoot the final scene, in which the camera ends up zooming in on Ryan and only focusing on him while the other characters [[TakeOurWordForIt marvel at some wondrous shape-shifting object offscreen]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Creator/JensenAckles directed the sixth season episode "Weekend at Bobby's", the seventh season episode "The Girl Next Door", the eighth season episode "Heartache", the tenth season episode "Soul Survivor" and the eleventh season episode "The Bad Seed".
** Creator/MishaCollins directed the ninth season episode "Mother's Little Helper".
* Patricia Wettig and Polly Draper are just about the only stars of ''Series/{{Thirtysomething}}'' who ''didn't'' direct an episode; one episode even featured Elliot (Timothy Busfield) making his directorial debut on a commercial (and yes, this episode was directed by a member of the cast - Melanie Mayron, not Busfield himself).
* Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt helmed three episodes each of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' and ''The Client List''.
* Creator/JenniferGarner directed one episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' in season four (unlike [[Creator/BenAffleck her husband]], this is her sole effort in the field to date).
* Tom Wopat, James Best, Sorrell Booke and Denver Pyle all directed multiple episodes of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' (Uncle Jesse did the most, with 12); John Schneider only directed one, but it was the SeriesFinale and he also co-wrote it (Schneider was the show's only cast member to write an episode).
* Scott Bakula directed three episodes of ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Notably, he averted the trope in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. (Reportedly, he was asked due to his previous experience, but he opted not to.)
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' star Creator/TinaFey wrote and co-wrote several episodes, including the {{Pilot}}, but she never directed any. Creator/SteveBuscemi, who has a RecurringCharacter on the show, directed an episode in which his character did not appear.
* ''Trackdown''. ''Series/ISpy''. ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. What do these TV series have in common? They all starred Robert Culp, and he wrote and directed episodes for each of them. This was a factor in his not being cast as Koenig on ''Space:1999''; he told [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Gerry Anderson]] that he wanted to write and direct, and was handed his hat as a result. In fact, the ''only'' cast member of any live-action Anderson show to have directed an episode is Robert Vaughn, who went behind the camera for ''The Protectors'''s only comic episode "It Could Be Practically Anywhere On The Island" (an episode widely regarded, [[OldShame including by Vaughn himself]], as a mistake).
* Happens in-universe in ''{{Series/Extras}}'' when the network hires an incompetent director for the ShowWithinAShow.
* Creator/DannyDeVito directed three episodes of ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
* Creator/BruceCampbell who played Autolycus in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' directed episodes of both series including the SeriesFinale of the latter.
* Malcolm Jamal-Warner directed several episodes of ''Series/TheCosbyShow''.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson each directed one episode in season eight.
* David [=DeLuise=], who plays the father on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', directed a number of episodes, one or two of which were written by TV son David Henrie.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': William Russ (Alan Matthews) directed several episodes in the later seasons.
* Jon Cryer directed three episodes of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''.
* Matthew Morrison directed the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "Extraordinary Merry Christmas"
* Phill Lewis (Mr. Moseby) of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and its spinoff ''The Suite Life On Deck'' directed one episode of the original show and eight ''On Deck'' episodes, as well as episodes of ''Series/ANTFarm'' and ''Series/{{Jessie}}''.
* Speaking of ''Jessie'', Kevin Chamberlin has directed two episodes; Creator/DebbyRyan, in addition to being a co-producer from season two, directed a season three episode (becoming the youngest female to direct for the Creator/DisneyChannel in the process).
* James Roday directed eight episodes of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' and earned co-producer status of the series.
** Notably, he's the go-to director for most of the show's horror parody episodes, such as [[Franchise/FridayThe13th "Tuesday the 17th"]], [[VampireFiction "This Episode Sucks"]], and [[Film/TheShining "Heeeere's Lassie"]].
* ''Series/StElsewhere'': Eric Laneuville (Luther Hawkins) directed 19 episodes. David Morse (Dr. Morrison) and Creator/WilliamDaniels (Dr. Craig) also directed some episodes.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had episodes directed by Laura Innes (12 total), Paul [=McCrane=] (9), and Anthony Edwards (4). Laura Innes and Paul [=McCrane=] even directed episodes after leaving the cast.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' - Chandra Wilson (10 episodes) and Creator/KevinMcKidd (8 episodes). Debbie Allen, who plays a recurring character, has since joined the staff of the show as an executive producer and director, and now spends more time behind the camera than in front of it.
* Chad Lowe has directed ten episodes of ''PrettyLittleLiars'' so far (appropriately enough given he plays Aria's dad, the second episode he helmed was called "Father Knows Best"). Troian Bellisario also got to direct "In the Eye Abides the Heart".
* Rick Green, who portrayed Bill on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', directed several episodes.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': David James Elliott directed three episodes; "Lifeline," "Take It Like A Man" and "There Goes The Neighborhood."
** Michael Weatherley (Tony) has directed two episodes of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
* Out of 111 episodes of ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'', "The Secret," "The Good Doctor," "Summit," "Another Kind of War, Another Kind of Peace" and "Oh Lucky Man" are the only ones which ''weren't'' directed by either Michael Landon or Victor French.
* Several of the later episodes of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' were directed by Larry Hagman.
* Don Adams did this in seasons four and five of ''Series/GetSmart''.
* Creator/JasonAlexander directed the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Good Samaritan."
* Yannick Bisson, the lead of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', directed "Buffalo Shuffle," "Murdoch at the Opera," "Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom," and "Murdoch of the Living Dead."
* Jerry Trainor directed two episodes of ''Series/{{iCarly}}''.
* Although Armando Iannuci directed the first three series of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', the final series featured a number of guest directors including Chris Addison (who plays Ollie Reader). His episode was notable for the fact that his character spent most of the episode alone in a hospital bed.
* Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) has directed several episodes of ''Series/TrueBlood''.
* A ''Series/MrShow'' sketch in the finale was directed by Creator/DavidCross, which probably explains why it stars BobOdenkirk and Jay Johnston as the leads, as a two-man sketch would normally be played by Bob and David (Jay usually played supporting roles).
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' had two episodes directed by Eric Allan Kramer ("Wentz's Weather Girls" and "Rat-A-Teddy") and Leigh-Allyn Baker ("Charlie Whisperer" and "Bob's Beau-Be-Gone").
* The ''Series/{{Nova}}'' theoretical physics miniseries [[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/fabric-of-cosmos.html "The Fabric of the Cosmos"]] was hosted by Professor Brian Greene of Columbia University, who also wrote the book the miniseries was based on and was credited as executive editor.
* Creator/MelissaJoanHart directed nine episodes of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', while her co-star Beth Broderick called the shots on three.
* Although ''Brotherly Love'' was shortlived, Joey Lawrence still got to direct three episodes.
* Unsurprisingly, since then both Creator/MelissaJoanHart and Joey Lawrence have directed episodes of ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'' (so far four and three respectively).
* In ''Series/{{Haven}}'', Jason Priestley (Chris Brody) directed "Lockdown" and "Real Estate", Lucas Bryant (Nathan Wuornos) directed "Enter Sandman", and Colin Ferguson (William) directed "Just Passing Through".
* Creator/RobinWright (Claire Underwood) has become a recurring director for ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', having directed seven episodes[[note]]one season 2 episode, two season 3 episodes, and four season 4 episodes.[[/note]]
* Rob Morrow took the helm of a few episodes of ''Series/NUMB3RS'', in which he played Don Eppes.
* Creator/LucyLiu has directed 4 episodes of ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.
* Creator/EmmyRossum has directed 2 episodes of ''[[Series/{{ShamelessUS}} Shameless]]''.
* 19 episodes of ''Series/{{Girls}}'' were directed by Creator/LenaDunham herself.
* Creator/TomCavanagh directed a season 3 episode of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]''.
* Creator/BenMcKenzie directed a season 4 episode of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''.
* ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan'': Besides playing Adriaan, Aad van Toor co-directed "Het Geheim van de Sleutel" and "De Diamand", and as of "Het Geheim van de Schatkaart" completely took over the director duties.

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* John Flansburgh directed a couple of videos for TheyMightBeGiants songs.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic directed a number of his own (and others') videos.
* Dave Grohl directed the videos for several Music/FooFighters songs, including "Rope" and "All My Life."
* After everyone's dissatisfaction with the video to "One Step Closer", Music/LinkinPark's Joe Hahn has been responsible for almost all of their videos.
* Jerry Casale of {{Music/Devo}} directed or co-directed the majority of their videos, as well as their short film ''The Truth About De-Evolution'' and their "video albums" ''The Men Who Make the Music'' and ''We're All Devo''. He also co-directed "Army Girls Gone Wild" by his own side project Jihad Jerry And The Evil-Doers, and directed the segment of the film ''Human Highway'' in which Devo are performing "Worried Man".
* Adam Jones of Music/{{Tool}} is responsible for their music videos.
* Music/KateBush directs most of her own later videos.
* Creator/JaredLeto directed videos for Music/ThirtySecondsToMars under the name Bartholomew Cubbins.
* CountryMusic band Music/{{Lonestar}} had this happen twice. Drummer Keech Rainwater directed the video for their 2001 single "With Me", and the band directed the video for "Maybe Someday" (2013) by themselves.
* Between 1994's "State of Mind" and 2003's "Spend My Time", Music/ClintBlack directed or co-directed every music video that he released.
* Music/RobZombie directed videos for both Music/WhiteZombie and his solo work.

* Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'' was conceived and designed by the band's former lead guitarist Slash.

* The original Broadway cast of ''Theatre/TheCatAndTheFiddle'' was directed by José Ruben, who played the producer of the ShowWithinTheShow.