Maury Dexter
Maury Dexter
Maury Dexter served as a "house director" for both "Little House" and " Highway to Heaven" TV shows.
Personal Information
Birthname: Morris Gene Poindexter
Born: June 12, 1927
Birthplace: Paris, Arkansas U.S.
Died: May 28, 2017(2017-05-28) (aged 90)
Deathplace: Simi Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation: TV and film producer, director and actor
Years active: 1946 - 1991
Best known for: Directorial work for Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven TV shows
Series Information
Job on/with series/film: Director
Appeared on/involved with: Little House on the Prairie
Episodes involved with/appearances: 73 in series
Maury Dexter (born June 12, 1928-died May 28, 2017) was an Arkansas born director who worked on Little House on the Prairie. In total, he directed 73 episodes of Little House, as well as some of Michael Landon's other projects, Us, Highway to Heaven, Sam's Son, etc.

Life and career

Born Morris Gene Poindexter in Paris, Arkansas to William Henry and Emma (neé Foster) Poindexter, Maury has three brothers, Foster , William, Jr. and James.

Dexter got his start as an actor in The Three Stooges short, Uncivil War Birds (1946).

A member of the Director's Guild of America (DGA) since 1956, Maury once directed 20 films in a year's time for 20th Century Fox. By the 1960's, he had his own production company, but the apex of his career came when he became a director for Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven.


Dexter died in Simi Valley, California at the age of 89.


  • Walk Tall (1960)
  • Young Guns of Texas (1962)
  • The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963)
  • The Young Swingers (1963)
  • House of the Dammed (1963)
  • Surf Party (1965)
  • Django the Condemned (1967)
  • The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968)
  • Maryjane (1968)

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