Charles S. Dubin
Charles S. Dubin wrote numerous episodes for the M*A*S*H TV series.
Personal Information
Birthname: Charles Samuel Dubronevski
Gender: Male
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian/White
Nickname N/A
Born: (1919-02-01) February 1, 1919 (age 99)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died September 5, 2011(2011-09-05) (aged 92)
Death Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Screenwriter/Producer. Actor/Director
Spouse(s): Daphne Elliott (1946 - 1975) (divorced)

Mary Lou Chayes (? - 2011) (his death) (1 child)

Related to: Zan Dubin-Scott, daughter
Hometown resided in Brentwood section, Los Angeles
Series connection
Appeared on/Involved with: M*A*S*H TV series
M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion Special (Co-Executive producer with Larry Gelbart)
Character/appeared as: None
Episode appearances/
Involved with:
Involved in the writing of 44 M*A*S*H episodes
Jobs/Role(s): Associate producer, Seasons 1-6, Creative Consultant, Seasons 7-11

Charles Samuel Dubin (February 1, 1919 – September 5, 2011) was an American film and television director.

From the early 1950s to 1991, Dubin worked in television, directing episodes of Tales of Tomorrow, Omnibus, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, Matlock, The Rockford Files, Murder, She Wrote and among other notable series.[1]

Life and careerEdit

Dubin was born Charles Samuel Dubronevski[2] in Brooklyn, New York, to a Russian family.[3] He attended Samuel J. Tilden High School, and first became interested in the arts by wanting to pursue a career as an opera singer. After graduating from high school, he attended Brooklyn College, studying drama, and acted in a number of stage productions, before graduating in 1941.[4]Charles S. Dubin Movies & TV, The New York Times biography,]</ref> He then attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan studying stage managing and directing. He continued to act and sing in stage productions working as an understudy.[5]

In 1950, he was hired by ABC-TV, as an associate director and, within a few months, was soon promoted to head director, later going on to direct a number of notable series spanning 30 years. In 1958, Dubin was named in the Hollywood blacklist. He refused to testify and he was never cited for contempt.[6]

He directed more episodes of the popular 1970s television comedy M*A*S*H than anyone else.[7]

Dubin retired in 1991 at the age of 70, after 39 years in television and 48 years in entertainment. His last television directing credit was the series Father Dowling Mysteries starring Tom Bosley.[8]


He was married to Daphne Elliott until their divorce in 1975. Later he married author and filmmaker Mary Lou Chayes [9], with whom he had a daughter, and who survives him.[10]


On September 5, 2011, Dubin died of natural causes in his longtime home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. He was 92 years old.[11] [12] [13]


  1. Charles S. Dubin Biography (1919-) at Film Reference
  2. Charles Dubin, Television Director, Is Dead at 92, by Douglas Martin, The New York Times,, September 10, 2011 article, accessed September 10, 2011.
  3. Charles S. Dubin interview, Archive of American Television
  4. "NY Times" obituary, September 7, 2011.
  5. "NY Times" obituary, September 7, 2011.
  6. "NY Times" obituary, September 7, 2011.
  7. London, England, The Daily Telegraph, Charles Dubin obituary, September 7, 2011.
  8. "NY Times" obituary, September 7, 2011.
  9. In Our Quiet Village, by Mary Lou Chayes, accessed September 10, 2011.
  10. "NY Times" obituary, September 7, 2011.
  11. "Variety"
  12. TV director Charles Dubin dies,
  13. PASSINGS: Charles S. Dubin, Jonathan Exley, Charles S. Dubin, a prolific TV director whose credits included 'MASH', dies at 92,, September 7, 2011, accessed September 17, 2012.

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