Chuck Bowman, born in Coffeyville, Kansas, trod an unlikely path to become a Hollywood director and producer. He began as an NBC page while attending college in Hollywood and living at his aunt’s home in Burbank. After traveling back to Kansas for college, he began his career working at Midwest television stations as an announcer/broadcaster. Ultimately, Bowman landed a job at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles as a sports producer and sportscaster, but when the Watts riots hit, he was moved over to reporting and won a local Emmy in 1969 for his worldwide coverage of the Bobby Kennedy assassination.
It wasn’t until his late 30s that Bowman broke into television as an Associate Producer on the series “Baa Baa Blacksheep,” starring Robert Conrad. He went on to produce pilots and series such as “Hunter,” the original “V” miniseries and many network Movies of the Week. As a director, Bowman has over 125 hours of episodic television to his name, including Movies of the Week and series such as “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Pretender,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Tenspeed and Brownshoe,” “Baa Baa Blacksheep,” “Jake and the Fatman,” and “Castle.” He also produced and directed two horror features for creator Stephen J. Cannell.
Bowman has three children: Karen, Rob and Stephen. Rob is Executive Producer and a director on ABC’s series, “Castle,” on which Stephen works as Post-Production Coordinator. Chuck Bowman has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 31 years. He often lectures at southern California colleges about directing and has taught classes on the subject at University of California, Long Beach.