amDirec­tor Andrew V. McLaglen’s daugh­ter, Mary McLa­glen, wrote the fol­low­ing about his career:

Andrew McLa­glen was born in Lon­don, the son of Acad­e­my Award-win­ning actor Vic­tor McLa­glen. At an ear­ly age he moved to Los Ange­les, and grew up on the sets of his father’s films, form­ing rela­tion­ships with direc­tor John Ford and John Wayne. His first work on a set came in 1945 for the John Wayne-star­ring film Dako­ta. He then worked his way up to assis­tant direc­tor on small films such as Killer Shark (1950), Bull­fight­er and the Lady (1951) and Wild Stal­lion (1952), before being hired on to John Ford’s The Qui­et Man in 1952. After sev­er­al more stints as assis­tant direc­tor, McLa­glen direct­ed his first fea­ture film, Man in the Vault (1956), which was fol­lowed by the John Wayne-pro­duced Gun the Man Down (1956). After these first few films, McLa­glen went on to work exten­sive­ly as a tele­vi­sion direc­tor, direct­ing the most episodes in the his­to­ry of the runs of the West­ern seri­als Have Gun – Will Trav­el (116) and Gun­smoke (95). His oth­er tele­vi­sion cred­its include Per­ry Mason, Gun­slinger, The Vir­gin­ian, The Lieu­tenant, and the Clint East­wood-star­ring Rawhide.

In the 1960s he returned to fea­ture films, direct­ing large bud­get West­erns and action films star­ring James Stew­art and John Wayne.  His film cred­its include McLin­tock! (1963),

Shenan­doah (1965), The Rare Breed (1966), The Devil’s Brigade (1968), Hell­fight­ers (1968), The Unde­feat­ed (1969), Chisum (1970), Cahill U.S. Mar­shall (1973), Mitchell (1975), The Last Hard Men (1976), The Wild Geese (1978), North Sea Hijack (1979), The Sea Wolves (1980), and his final film, Return from the Riv­er Kwai (1989). McLa­glen also direct­ed the mini-series The Blue and the Gray (1982), and On Wings of Eagles (1986).”

In an inter­view that Mary McLa­glen con­duct­ed with her father, the vet­er­an West­ern and action direc­tor dis­cuss­es direct­ing both fea­ture films and episod­ic tele­vi­sion, and describes how close work­ing rela­tion­ships with both John Wayne and James Stew­art shaped his career.  To see the entire inter­view, go to Direc­tors Guild of Amer­i­ca web­site.