Jeffrey Hayden

For the Minnesota politician, see Jeff Hayden.

Jeffrey Hayden (born October 15, 1926, in New York City, New York) is an American television director and producer. He has been married since 1951 to Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint.

Television career

His career as a director began in the late 1950s, when he directed the only feature film to his credit, The Vintage (1957), starring Pier Angeli and Mel Ferrer. He then turned to television, beginning with episodes of Leave It to Beaver and 77 Sunset Strip.

Hayden directed dozens of TV series, from early 1960s ones such as Burke's Law, Batman and The Andy Griffith Show to popular shows decades later such as Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I. and In the Heat of the Night.


On October 28, 1951, Hayden married screen actress Eva Marie Saint. They have two children named Darrell and Laurette. He also has three grandchildren, two from Darrell named Tyler and Molly, and one from Laurette named Eli. Shortly before their 50th anniversary, on October 13, 2001, the couple appeared together in a one night only performance of the play Love Letters at Bowling Green State University, Saint's alma mater.[1]


  1. ↑ "Eva Marie Saint, Jeffrey Hayden to Appear Oct. 13 in Scholarship Benefit Performance at BGSU". September 2001.

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