DGA Visual History Gary Shimokawa
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Gary Shimokawa

Interviewed by: Michael Zinberg

Gary Shimokawa spent the first years of his life in Manzanar, the Japanese Internment Camp established in California following the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. After the war, his family returned to Los Angeles. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California, Shimokawa found employment on several newspapers, then local television news before landing a job as stage manager on All in the Family.

Shimokawa talks about getting his first big break when John Rich invited him to work on All in the Family.

Getting stage fright on his first job as stage manager.

Shimokawa reminisces about the way the directors he worked with called shots.