Mr. Reza Badiyi, who exemplified artistic potency with humility, grace and generosity has passed away at age 81.
Born on April 17, 1930, in Arak, Iran, Mr. Badiyi graduated from the Academy of Drama in Tehran and later pursued his graduate study at Syracuse University in audiovisual. Mr. Badiyi's professional career entailed cinematography, working with renowned directors such as Robert Altman and Sam Peckinpah.
In 1963, Mr. Badiyi made his directorial debut with a short subject film called "Censorship: A Question of Judgment?" and then continued directing iconic television shows including "Get Smart," "The Doris Day Show," "Mannix", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "Cagney & Lacey," "Falcon Crest," "Baywatch" , "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Mission Impossible."
Despite spending more years in the US than in Iran, Mr. Badiyi never lost sense of of connections to his birth place and always remained a proud member of the Iranian-American community. In 2009, Mr. Badiyi was presented with the Noor Iranian Film Festival Achievement Award for his work and contributions to the community. He also was the recipient of several other awards, including The Directors Guild Of America Award.
We cherish his legacy and wish his memory a blessing."