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January 26, 2009 4:34 PM   Subscribe

Charlie's Angels. Simon & Simon. 21 Jump Street. Baywatch. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. And of course, The X-Files. His filmography spans nearly 40 years, and his habit of using profanity onset was immortalized in the classic episode Jose Chung's From Outer Space (sorry, no video), but in the end, he really loved those guys, and they loved him. He was lured out of semi-retirement and back to Canada to executive-produce and direct Supernatural for the WB (later CW). Kim Manners died of lung cancer in LA on January 25, 2009.
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posted by Parannoyed at 4:38 PM on January 26, 2009


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posted by rewil at 4:38 PM on January 26, 2009


"That's a bleepin' dead alien body if I ever saw one."

RIP, Mr. Manners.
posted by Rangeboy at 4:40 PM on January 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


His dad had a Wild Wild West credit! And he has Mission: Impossible (the TV show, I assume). Wow.

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(Also, what is "profanity onset"? Oh wait....does that mean "profanity on set"? The link made my eyes bleed and was tl;dr but even so, I read far a ways and didn't find a ref to this.)
posted by DU at 5:03 PM on January 26, 2009


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posted by JoanArkham at 5:18 PM on January 26, 2009


"That's a bleepin' dead alien body if I ever saw one."

I want to know how they got away with:
"I guess we know it wasn't aliens that probed her"
posted by 445supermag at 5:21 PM on January 26, 2009


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posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:35 PM on January 26, 2009


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posted by pianoboy at 5:41 PM on January 26, 2009


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(pours out an Erlenmeyer Flask)
posted by Tufa at 5:54 PM on January 26, 2009


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The X-Files, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and Supernatural were and are great, fun television.
posted by eyeballkid at 6:33 PM on January 26, 2009


Ah hell.
posted by cortex at 6:39 PM on January 26, 2009


The X-Files was the first TV show that got me paying attention to individual script-writers and directors.
posted by Squeak Attack at 6:55 PM on January 26, 2009


Whoops. I meant to say that I've known about Kim Manners since then, always enjoyed his work, and always got the impression he was greatly respected in the business. He directed aall the Supernatural season finales so far, I think. It's sad they'll finish up this year without him.
posted by Squeak Attack at 6:58 PM on January 26, 2009


The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. was a cheeky cowboy show. The hero, Brisco County Jr., was Harvard educated and he had a Black sidekick who was good at throwing knives. Once, when they were trying to scheme their way out of a tight spot, the sidekick said to Brisco “You’re the one who went to Howard... you figure it out.”
posted by Huplescat at 7:22 PM on January 26, 2009


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posted by grouse at 8:26 PM on January 26, 2009


blankety-blank bleep.
posted by estherbester at 8:27 PM on January 26, 2009


Ah, no. He was a truly good guy.
posted by OolooKitty at 10:08 PM on January 26, 2009


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Like Squeak Attack, it was X-Files episodes like Jose Chung's From Outer Space that got me paying attention to the writers and directors of shows, instead of focusing on the actors.
posted by harriet vane at 1:45 AM on January 27, 2009


The X-Files saw me through my adolescence and set me on my path as a young adult. The series debuted in 1993, when I was 11, and left the air a year after I had moved away from home.

At the end of the second season, we learned the word Anazasi. From the first I heard it, the word seemed significant. After high school, not entirely coincidentally I went to work for the Park Service at a site preserving Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) culture; I watched the last episode of the series, where Cigarette Smoking Man encamped in a ruin, from an actual ruin in the Arizona desert.

When I wanted to run away in high school, it was into the rushes that Mulder camped in, outside the air force base. It was dark ebony, tarred, mentholated escapism. In those rushes, peripheral stories veered off from the main scripts, just as real as the onscreen X-Files world (as fan fiction would well prove; how this 'mythology' grew and replicated in the minds of so many, and how these mythologies were able to connect, for the first time, over the Internet!)

I met Usenet and the greater culture of the Internet through alt.tv.x-files when I was 14. (The very first post I read, regarding David Duchovny: "You know you want to ride his vein-laden meat-pipe like the stallion you know he is.") I also learned the words prophylactic and sanctimonious and read The Grand Inquisitor from the Brothers Karamazov, which informed the last episode of the 3rd season, Talitha Kumi.

Mulder and Scully (of the first 5 ½ seasons) were the abstracted ideal of the relationship I someday hoped for with a man--pooling glances in corridors, silent cross-country drives in a sedan. One day in 8th grade I was in Archie's Corner Store buying Bubble Yum and looked down to see Duchovny's and Anderson's famous Rolling Stone cover; in that instant my preteen brain slipped away, and I became an adolescent.

At 19 I would hallucinate Chris Carter's voice talking to me kindly, like a spirit guide or blolo bian. He helped me hitchhike up Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona. All I wanted, I would yell, was the world to be like the X-Files, significant in its details, weighted with retribution, occluded, with sawing cellos underscoring a walk home from school, or a car ride down the New Jersey turnpike.
posted by Tufa at 1:48 AM on January 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


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posted by jammy at 5:33 AM on January 27, 2009


21 Jumpstreet was one of the best shows to come out of the 80s. RIP.

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posted by lunit at 6:13 AM on January 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by quatsch at 6:34 AM on January 27, 2009


eyeballkid : The X-Files, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and Supernatural were and are great, fun television.

Oh hell yeah. And Simon & Simon. God damn I love that show, I just rediscovered it on Netflix and despite being 25 or so years old, it still holds up remarkably well (except maybe the hair.)

Looking at Manners list of credits is like reading a list of some of my favorite things: Hunter? Sledge Hammer? Riptide? Automan? Motherfucking Automan?!

He will be missed.
posted by quin at 2:21 PM on January 27, 2009


Thank You Mr Manners
posted by oliyoung at 4:48 PM on January 27, 2009


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(Man, Humbug and Jose Chung's From Outer Space were just about my favorite X-Files episodes. He will be missed, as will be his brand of humor.)
posted by anthy at 1:02 PM on January 28, 2009


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