Donald R. Beck is an American film and television director, producer, and writer. He has directed and produced over 30 feature films and television series, including the critically acclaimed 1996 drama The Spitfire Grill, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Beck was born in California in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in theater, he began his career in the film industry as an assistant director. He eventually made his directorial debut in 1978 with the low-budget horror film The Witching Hour.
Beck went on to direct such feature films as High Road to China, The Clan of the Cave Bear, and the cult classic True Blood, as well as the television shows Dynasty, Designing Women, and Moonlighting. He earned two Emmy nominations for his work on the series L.A. Law.
Throughout his career, Beck has been noted for his ability to bring a sense of humanity to his projects. He has worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Richard Gere, Sean Connery, and Meryl Streep. His films often feature strong female characters and are praised for their emotional depth and complexity.
In addition to directing, Beck has written screenplays for several feature films, including The Spitfire Grill, and he has also served as a producer for television series and films.
Beck has been honored with numerous awards, including the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series, and the National Board of Review Award for Best Director.
Beck is currently living in Los Angeles and continues to work in film and television. He is one of the most respected and successful directors in Hollywood, and his body of work continues to be celebrated and enjoyed by audiences around the world.