Kim Manners—X-Files, Supernatural director—is dead

Kim Manners (center) on the set of Supernatural with stars Jensen Ackles (seated) and Jared Padalecki. (Thanks to

Ain't It Cool New reported that Kim Manners, a prolific director and producer best known for directing The CW's Supernatural and 53 hours of The X-Files, died Sunday night after battling cancer.

Manners' career included Charlie's Angels, Automan, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., MANTIS and Harsh Realm.

His last directorial effort was "Family Remains," the Jan. 15 episode of Supernatural, AICN reported.

Manners was an executive producer of The X-Files in addition to directing dozens of episodes, including the 2002 two-hour series finale, "The Truth."

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke issued this statement:

"Everyone at Supernatural is walking around in a daze, shocked and absolutely devastated. Kim was a brilliant director; more than that, he was a mentor and friend. He was one of the patriarchs of the family, and we miss him desperately. He gave so much to Supernatural, and everything we do on the show, now and forever, is in memory of him."

Among those surviving Manners is sister and longtime assistant director Tana Manners (Deadly Whispers). A brother, Kelly Manners, was a producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and currently serves as a producer on the upcoming Fox series Dollhouse.

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