Michael Uppendahl
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Occupation: Director
Years Active: 1999-present

Michael Uppendahl is an American television and film director.

He is well known for his work on the AMC period drama Mad Men, the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story, and the Fox's musical/dramedy Glee.


His first television credit came from directing 4 episodes of the CBS sitcom Becker, from 2003-2004.

He wrote, directed and produced the 2009 short film A Hundred & Forty-Six Questions, starring Jamie Anne Allman.

Since 2008, Uppendahl has directed 7 hours of the AMC drama Mad Men, for which he has received critical acclaim.

In 2011 and 2012, Uppendahl joined the crews of Fox's Glee and FX's American Horror Story, directing 2 episodes of the former and 3 of the latter.

In 2013, he directed Episode 6 of the highly acclaimed Ray Donovan on Showtime.

In 2013 Uppendahl is set to make his feature film directorial debut with Quad, a drama about a salesman that becomes a quadriplegic. It was co-written by Michael Burke, Mike Young, Robin Veith, and Brett Johnson. Jeff Daniels, Lena Olin, Aaron Paul, and Tom Berenger star.

In 2015, he directed Episode 6 of the Fox's new comedy-horror, Scream Queens.

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