|Died||13 November 1990 (aged 73)|
Kawau Island, New Zealand
Chaffey's film career began as an art director in 1947, and his directorial debut was in 1953. He remained active in the industry until his death in 1990 from heart failure. His film Charley One-Eye (1973) was entered into the 24th Berlin International Film Festival
He is chiefly remembered for his fantasy films, which include Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Viking Queen (1967), Creatures the World Forgot (1971), Pete's Dragon (1977), and C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979), his final feature film.
Concurrent with his theatrically released films, Chaffey directed episodes of numerous British television series, including multiple installments of Danger Man, The Prisoner, and The Avengers. From the 1980s until his death, all of his work was in American made-for-TV movies, and in such TV series as Fantasy Island, Stingray, MacGyver, Vega$, T. J. Hooker, Matt Houston and Charlie's Angels.
Chaffey began his career in the art department of Gainsborough Productions where he worked as a draftsman on Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945), The Rake's Progress (1945), and Caravan (1946). He was art director of The Adventures of Dusty Bates (1947) and The Little Ballerina (1948). He directed the documentary shorts Thames Tideway (1948) and Cape Cargoes (1948).
Chaffey directed the short features The Mysterious Poacher (1950) and The Case of the Missing Scene (1950). He returned to the art department for King of the Underworld (1950), The Stolen Plans (1952), Murder at the Grange (1952), Murder at Scotland Yard (1952), and Black 13 (1953).
Chaffey resumed his directing career with the family film Skid Kids (1953). He made the short Watch Out (1953), then did Strange Stories (1953), Bouncer Breaks Up (1953, a short), The Mask (1952), and A Good Pull Up (1953).
He directed episodes of TV series like Theatre Royal, The Adventures of the Big Man, Chevron Hall of Stars, The Errol Flynn Theatre, Assignment Foreign Legion, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dial 999, and The New Adventures of Charlie Chan. He interspersed these with features like A Question of Adultery (1958), The Man Upstairs (1958), Danger Within (1959), Dentist in the Chair (1960), Lies My Father Told Me (1960), and Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961).
Disney and Fantasy
Chaffey directed They All Died Laughing (1964), The Crooked Road (1965), and One Million Years B.C. (1966) for Hammer. He returned to television to do episodes of Danger Man, The Baron, The Prisoner, Man in a Suitcase, Journey to the Unknown, The Avengers, The Pathfinders, and The Protectors.
Australia and US TV
He eventually focused almost exclusively on episodic TV: Vega$, Charlie's Angels, Strike Force, Fantasy Island, Gavilan, The Renegade, Lottery!, Hotel, Matt Houston, Finder of Lost Loves, International Airport (1985, a pilot), Spenser: For Hire, Hollywood Beat, Airwolf, Hunter, Outlaws, MacGyver, Stingray and Mission: Impossible.
- 1953: Strange Stories ("Strange Journey" segment)
- 1953: Skid Kids
- 1954: Time Is My Enemy
- 1956: The Secret Tent
- 1957: The Girl in the Picture
- 1957: The Flesh Is Weak
- 1958: A Question of Adultery
- 1958: The Man Upstairs
- 1959: Danger Within
- 1960: Lies My Father Told Me
- 1960: Dentist in the Chair
- 1961: Nearly a Nasty Accident
- 1961: Greyfriars Bobby
- 1961: A Matter of WHO
- 1962: The Webster Boy
- 1963: Jason and the Argonauts
- 1963: The Three Lives of Thomasina
- 1964: A Jolly Bad Fellow
- 1965: The Crooked Road
- 1966: One Million Years B.C.
- 1967: The Viking Queen
- 1968: A Twist of Sand
- 1971: Clinic Exclusive
- 1971: Creatures the World Forgot
- 1973: Charley One-Eye
- 1974: Persecution
- 1975: Ride a Wild Pony
- 1976: The Fourth Wish
- 1977: Pete's Dragon
- 1978: The Magic of Lassie
- 1979: C.H.O.M.P.S. (final theatrical film)
- 1955–56: Theatre Royal (TV series; 16 episodes)
- 1956: The Adventures of the Big Man (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1956: Chevron Hall of Stars (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1956–57: Assignment Foreign Legion (TV series; 7 episodes)
- 1957: The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1957–58: The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (TV series; 13 episodes)
- 1957–58: The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV series; 7 episodes)
- 1959–60: The Four Just Men (TV series; 13 episodes)
- 1959: Dial 999 (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1962–65: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV series; 10 episodes)
- 1964–66: Danger Man (TV series; 15 episodes)
- 1966–67: The Baron (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1967: The Prisoner (TV series; 4 episodes)
- 1968: Man in a Suitcase (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1968–69: Journey to the Unknown (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1968–69: The Avengers (TV series; 5 episodes)
- 1970: Journey to the Unknown (TV movie; "The Last Visitor" segment)
- 1972: The Pathfinders (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1972–73: The Protectors (TV series; 9 episodes)
- 1975: Ben Hall (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1977: Born to Run (TV movie)
- 1977: CHiPs (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1978–81: Vega$ (TV series; 17 episodes)
- 1978–81: Charlie's Angels (TV series; 10 episodes)
- 1978: Lassie: A New Beginning (TV movie)
- 1978: The Gift of Love (TV movie)
- 1978: Shimmering Light (TV movie)
- 1979: The Wonderful World of Disney (TV series; 4 episodes)
- 1980: Casino (TV movie)
- 1980: Riding for the Pony Express (TV pilot episode)
- 1981–82: Fantasy Island (TV series; 7 episodes)
- 1982: Strike Force (TV series; 4 episodes)
- 1982: Gavilan (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1982–83: T. J. Hooker (TV series; 6 episodes)
- 1982–84: Matt Houston (TV series; 12 episodes)
- 1983: The Renegades (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1983: Lottery! (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1983: Hotel (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1984–85: Finder of Lost Loves (TV series; 6 episodes)
- 1985: Hollywood Beat (TV series; 4 episodes)
- 1985: International Airport (TV movie)
- 1985: Spenser: For Hire (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1986: Airwolf (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1986: Hunter (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1986–87: MacGyver (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1987: Outlaws (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1987: Stingray (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1989: Mission: Impossible (TV series; 4 episodes)
- Don Chaffey on IMDb[unreliable source?]
- Awards for Charley One-Eye on IMDb[unreliable source?]
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- "The Prince and the Pauper, The". Monthly Film Bulletin. 29 (336). London. 1 January 1962. p. 83.
- Bergan, Ronald (3 December 1990). "Disney and the Argonauts". The Guardian. p. 39.
- "Desert Bondship". New York Times. 19 April 1973. p. 52.
- Lightman, Herb A. "Film-Making "Down Under"". American Cinematographer. 57 (9 (Sep 1976)). Hollywood. pp.��980, 982–985, 1022–1023, 1054–1056.
- Fisher, Bob. "Behind the Camera on Pete's Dragon". American Cinematographer. 58 (10 (Oct 1977)). Hollywood. pp. 1026–1029, 1082–1083.
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