Nine Actors With Direction

Believe it or not, the monkeys who play pretend on television shows (actors) can be more than just a pretty face... and pretty other things, too. Just today, Fox announced that Hugh Laurie, an actual thespian, will be jumping behind the camera to direct an episode of House. Wait, an actor who doesn't just primp in a trailer or sleep off hangovers all day?

Yes, actors taking more than just an on-the-surface interest in television happens more than you think (we're not including actor/producers, who can just throw money into a project and get their names in the credits). Aside from Laurie, here are a few more actors who call the action.

Tom Welling
The Smallville superstud does more than just wear the superteen outfit. With five Smallville directing credits under his belt, it's looking like his future will be solid even when his youthful looks wither up, up, and away. Plus, producers have trusted him with the second part of the upcoming Smallville Justice League special.

Zach Braff
Sure he gave us indie darling and Shins shiller Garden State (which he also wrote), but like Welling, he's also dipping his pen into his own ink... if that makes sense. Braff has helmed seven episodes of Scrubs and will no doubt go on to doctor other shows now that he has more time.

David Duchovny
Not only has double-D directed three episodes of The X-Files and two episodes of Californication—both of which are shows he also starred/stars in—but in 2006 he departed from his own to direct an episode of Bones.

Chad Michael Murray
CMM got behind the camera for one episode of One Tree Hill, and was promptly fired from the show as an actor not much later. Bummer.

David Borenaz
We all know he produces Bones, but he went a step further this year and directed an episode. And five years ago, he took control of an episode of Angel. It's good to be Boreanaz.

Patricia and David Arquette
At any given time, there could a thousand Arquettes on the set of Medium. But only Patricia and David have directed episodes (two and three, respectively).

Jennifer Love Hewitt
This may be a bit of a shocker, but J-Love has screamed "Cut!" twice for Ghost Whisperer. I guess that's what happens when you are also executive producer.

Jason Priestley
Brandon? Yup. In fact, Priestley directed 15 episodes of the original Beverly Hills, 90210, starting when he was just 24 years old. Also on his dossier: 7th Heaven, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and the new 90210. Old sideburns has himself plenty of experience.

Fred Savage
Without a doubt, my favorite from this list is little Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years. In fact, the reason you don't see him in front of the camera that much anymore is that he's way too busy behind it. He's the go-to guy for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and has directed episodes of Greek, Party Down, Aliens in America, Wizards of Waverly Place, Ugly Betty, Hannah Montana, and more. Our little Kevin is all growns up!

There are plenty more actors-turned-directors out there, too. Add to our list in the comments!

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Emilio Estevez directed one of my favourite episodes of "Cold Case", Skip Sudduth directed "Third Watch" several times and even Kate Jackson directed "Scarecrow and Mrs. King". This is not new.
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Chandra Wilson directed this year an episode of Grey's Anatomy, of couse. She did an excellent job, it was a great episode
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Allison Mack has directed an episode of Smallville also and is slated to direct one this season also.
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David Boreanaz is going to be directing again. He's scheduled to direct Bones' 100th episode.
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What about Jonathan Frakes?
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joshua jackson directed an episode of dawson's creek and when you mentioned CMM Bethany Joy Galeotti directed an episode too.
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Where is Jerry O'Connell? He directed 3 episodes of Sliders
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oh and Matthew Perry directed the Scrubs episode he was in
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Allison Mack also directed episodes of Smallville. One last season and one this season (airing January 29th)
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Eric Close - Without a Trace
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Neil Patrick Harris is directing an upsoming episode of HIMYM...from the man himself via twitter.
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What about Steve Buscemi?
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Michael Chiklis and Bryan Cranston have both done a couple for The Shield and Breaking Bad.. pretty good episodes too
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Amanda Tapping from Stargate Sg-1 and Sanctuary.
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I agree, good list
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Yeah good list pal...



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How about Johnathan Frakes from Star Trek Next Generation.Started directing on that show and now has quite the directing resume including an episode of Dollhouse.
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don't forget almost every actor from the Star Trek series got a chance at directing their show; one name I see frequently is roxanna Dawson from voyager
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Good list. David Schwimmer directed 10 episodes of Friends. :)
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