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While HONEY was in production, Hurrell engaged Buddy Saxon, friend from his days in the Army Signal Corps., to shoot footage for his own docu-bio, GAVIN HURRELL: "THE LOOK."

The film was never completed, but a few clips recently surfaced in a collection anonymously donated to the Paley Center for Media.  You can view them here.



Gavin Hurrell 
Gavin Hurrel c.1965 

Gavin Wilson Hurrell was born in Casper, Wyoming on August 10th, 1922. He served in the Army Signal Corps. during WWII, achieving the rank of Captain.

Upon his discharge, he enrolled in NYU under the G.I. Bill, majoring in theater-arts with an emphasis in acting. While attending university, he worked steadily as an announcer for the CBS Radio Network

By 1949, Hurrell had transitioned from performance into production, and directed a number of popular dramas, including G-MEN and DRAGNET. Hurrell was a heavy drinker, a regular denizen of the New York Nightclub scene.

He was also described as arrogant and pugnacious--legend has it he and director, Richard Donner (LETHAL WEAPON) once traded blows on the set of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Despite this, even his enemies acknowledged his high degree of creativity and uncanny story-sense.


Gavin Hurrell and Natalie Wood, 1968 
Gavin Hurrell and Natalie Wood
1964 Emmy Awards 

A self-described playboy, Hurrell was married four times and engaged in a number of affairs with his various leading ladies, including Kim Carlyle. To his credit, most of the women in his life (with the notable exception of his second wife, actress Barbara Nichols) continued to hold him in high regard despite his marked womanizing. 

In 1957, Hurrell began what would prove to be a successful career in the fledgling television media, serving as producer or executive producer on a wide variety of programs including PLAYHOUSE 90, NAKED CITY and ROUTE 66. In 1966, at the height of his career, he produced HONEY VICARRO.

Hurrell, 1992 
Last known photo of Hurrell,
in his Benedict Canyon Home, c. 1992

Hurrell's star fell precipitously after the cancellation of HONEY VICARRO. Over the years, he had made many powerful enemies within the executive ranks of the television industry, all of whom were likely sharpening their knives in anticipation of his first failure. The very public (and expensive) fiasco of HONEY VICARRO provided them with an ideal opportunity for pay-back.

Though he pursued a number of other projects (a mini-series based on Tom Wolfe's THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, a big-screen version of HONEY VICARRO, and an intriguing hour drama, MURDER, INC., centered around the life and loves of a mob hit-man), Hurrell never worked again in series television until his death in 1992. Although he was married four times and sired no less than 14 children (nine legitimately), Hurrell died without a will.

After its cancellation, Hurrell refused to discuss HONEY VICARRO with anyone outside his immediate family. According to his son, Steven Hurrell, he was begrudgingly amused by the show's cult status and dubious regarding it's subsequent mystique, as is evidenced by the following quote contained in his obituary, the only comment he made for the record

"Honey Vicarro was exactly twelve minutes and thirty-seven seconds
 ahead of its time."

- Gavin Hurrell, 1990