William F. Claxton (born October 22, 1914 - died February 11, 1996) was a California born director who directed many episodes of Little House on the Prairie. He started out as a film editor with Edward Small Productions in 1940. Claxton's first directorial work was "All That I Can Have" (1951), he spent much of the 1950s with 20th Century-Fox's Regal Pictures subsidiary. Though Mr. Claxton's film film credits are extensive, he is best remembered for his work on television.
His television work began with a stint on the religious series "This is the Life", which was a favorite of Michael Landons, Claxton also directed much of Landon's work such as Bonanza and Highway to Heaven. Additionally, he worked on Bonanza: The Next Generation that aired in 1988.