Zalman King American film director (Wild Orchid) and producer (9½ Weeks), died from cancer he was 69
In 1964, King played a gang member in “Memo from Purgatory”, an episode of the television series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour written by Harlan Ellison and featuring actors James Caan and Walter Koenig. In 1967 he played the title character, the outlaw “Muley”, an episode of the TV show Gunsmoke.
His character shoots Marshal Matt Dillon as part of a plan to rob the
Dodge City Bank, but as he and his gang are waiting for Dillon to
recover (so they can try again to kill him), Muley falls in love with
one of the girls at the Long Branch Saloon, which thwarts the plan.
King played “The Man” in the 3rd episode of the first season of Adam-12.
His character was an apparent drug addict who kidnaps an infant at
gunpoint and Officer Malloy disarms him by some reverse psychology. From September 1970 until May 1971, King played attorney Aaron Silverman on the drama The Young Lawyers, broadcast on the ABC television network. King later contributed a unique delivery to Trip with the Teacher (1975), portraying the psychopathic Al, a murderous motorbiker. He appeared in Lee Grant‘s directorial debut feature film Tell Me a Riddle.
King directed several films, including Two Moon Junction (1988), Wild Orchid (1990), and Red Shoe Diaries (1992), which became a long-running television series for Showtime network. It spawned many sequels.He directed and co-wrote the movie In Gods Hands (1998).
He collaborated with director Adrian Lyne on the film 9½ Weeks which starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. He produced (and usually directed) the television series and film ChromiumBlue.com and Showtime series Body Language. He directed the 1995 film Delta of Venus based on the book by Anaïs Nin. His last film before his death was Pleasure or Pain which starred Asun Ortega.
King was married to writer/producer Patricia Louisiana Knop, with whom he collaborated on many projects, such as writing Wild Orchid, Delta of Venus and 9½ Weeks as well as many episodes of Red Shoe Diaries; the couple had two daughters.