'Supernatural' and 'X Files' producer-director Kim Manners has died

It’s been reported that Kim Manners, a prolific, highly imaginative director and producer of TV shows including Supernatural and The X Files, died on Sunday. The cause was cancer. More details here and here.

Manners was among the people who helped Supernatural creator Eric Kripke define the invitingly dark visual palette of Supernatural; he directed numerous episodes of the series, including every season finale–crucial entries in the series that set up cliffhangers which moved the mythology of the series forward.


For The X Files, Manners was credited as a producer for some of that series’ greatest episodes, including the Emmy-winning “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” and directed such memorable entries as the creepy-funny “Leonard Betts.”

Manners was a subtle artist working in a commercial medium that doesn’t always prize such qualities. (Manners also directed a number of episodes of the terrific 1993-94 cult series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) He was lucky to have found sympathetic creators to collaborate with, such as Kripke and X Files‘ Chris Carter. And they were lucky to work with him.


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  • Amy

    Kim Manners was a wonderfully talented man and a loving human being. He will be deeply missed.

  • HiGuy

    Though, I have never watched either show, I must say, how tragic. This is very sad. :'(

  • Amanpreet

    It’s still very surreal to me and Kim will always have a place in our hearts. RIP Kim We miss u.

  • Yessi

    Oh,God…talented man, an important part of my favorite series supernatural … I missed … thanks KIM

  • meg

    You are one of the few great ones in your field, not someone we could afford to lose :(
    Your work will be missed by more than those who knew your name.

  • Robert Taylor

    Heartbreaking news. Manners had an amazing eye behind the camera and could turn a small television budget into something epic and amazing…just look at eighth season finale or the series finale of “The X-Files” or any episode of “Supernatural” he directed. More than that, though, he seemed like a great human being. I loved listening to his commentary on the DVDs and hearing his insightful interviews. He will be greatly missed.

  • jensenrack

    RIP Kim
    He was a phenomenal director.

  • pai

    So sorry to hear that. I have always and will always think of him when I see Detective Manners in the fabulous Jose Chung ep.

  • mtm

    His commentaries on the x-files dvd showed him to so sweet and talented man. Gillian and David seemed to really love working with him. What a loss for the sci-fi community.

  • Hilda

    OMG,this is horrible news! Kim Manners was a genius! I always enjoyed his amazing work on XF and then he really brought “Supernatural” to new places! He desrves much credit just as much as Kripke and Carter. RIP Kim Manners,you will be missed!

  • keri

    Because of his work on The X-Files, Kim Manners, will live in my heart forever. RIP Kim.

  • Phil

    This is sad new–he’s directed some of the best X-Files eps! Will watch “Mind’s Eye” and “Dreamland” thsi Friday.

  • Patricia

    I can’t believe this news. He was a great director and even better person. I was lucky enough to be on sets with him over the years, and I’ll never forget his kindness, generosity and his amazing humor (even after extraordinary long days). We’ve set up a memorial donation system for ALA for fans who are interested over at http://allthings.inspiredbygillian.com

    • Gerrie

      Sounds great to me BTWHDKI

  • cassi

    We’ll always miss you Kim! It will not be the same without you! RIP

  • Celina

    This news is devastating :( I met Kim a number of times on the set and in the editing area – he was the nicest guy, and a quiet genius. X-Philes all over the world are sad tonight :(

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