Early life and career
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Newland began his career in vaudeville while still in his teens. After moving to New York City to study acting, he served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he signed with Warner Bros. but was relegated to playing bit parts. By the early 1950s, Newland began to focus solely on television roles, appearing in several episodes of Studio One, The Philco Television Playhouse, Tales of Tomorrow, Kraft Television Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents and Schlitz Playhouse of Stars.
In 1959, Newland became the host and director of the paranormal television series One Step Beyond. The series ended its run in 1961 and Newland later hosted its short-lived counterpart The Next Step Beyond in 1978.
Following the demise of his One Step Beyond, Newland directed one of the early 1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episodes called "The Double Affair". His episode was given additional footage and released to cinemas as a motion picture titled The Spy with My Face. In 1966 he produced and directed all episodes but one of the serious spy series The Man Who Never Was for which he also served as a writer. Some episodes were strung together and released outside the United States as a film called Danger Has Two Faces. He later directed episodes of The Sixth Sense, and Police Woman. In addition to acting, directing, and screenwriting, he produced several television movies.
- That Night! (1957)
- The Thin Man (1 episode, 1958)
- Bachelor Father (5 episodes, 1958–1959)
- One Step Beyond (74 episodes, 1958–1961), also host
- Checkmate (1 episode, 1961)
- Thriller (4 episodes, 1961–1962)
- Route 66 (1 episode, 1962)
- Naked City (1 episode, 1962)
- The Defenders (1 episode, 1962)
- The Nurses (1 episode, 1963)
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1 episode, 1964)
- The Man Who Never Was (TV series) (17 episodes 1966-1967)
- Star Trek (1 episode, 1967)
- Daniel Boone (3 episodes, 1967–1969)
- Hawaii Five-O (1 episode, 1970)
- The Name of the Game (1 episode, 1970)
- My Lover My Son (1970)
- The Legend of Hillbilly John (1972)
- Night Gallery (1 episode, 1972)
- The Sixth Sense (3 episodes, 1972)
- Don't be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
- Harry O (4 episodes, 1974–1975)
- Matt Helm (1 episode, 1975)
- Police Woman (13 episodes, 1974–1978)
- The Next Step Beyond (17 episodes, 1978-1979), also host.
- Wonder Woman (3 episodes, 1979)
- Flamingo Road (1 episode, 1981)
- Whiz Kids (1 episode, 1983)
- Gentleman's Agreement (Uncredited, 1947)
- Nora Prentiss (Uncredited, 1947)
- Kraft Television Theatre (11 episodes, 1949–1953)
- Studio One (2 episodes, 1950–1951)
- Lights Out (4 episodes, 1950–1952)
- The Philco Television Playhouse (7 episodes, 1950–1952)
- The Web (3 episodes, 1950–1953)
- Armstrong Circle Theatre (3 episodes, 1951–1952)
- Lux Video Theatre (1 episode, 1952)
- Tales of Tomorrow (2 episodes, 1952–1953)
- Robert Montgomery Presents (36 episodes, 1952–1957)
- Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (5 episodes, 1953–1956)
- Letter to Loretta (13 episodes, 1956–1960)
- General Electric Theater (1 episode, 1958)
- The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1 episode, 1959)
- Thriller (Return of Andrew Bentley, 12-11-1961)
- Dr. Kildare (2 episodes, 1964)
- Night Gallery (1 episode, 1972)
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