2009 Achievement Award Recipient
Born on April 17, 1930 in Arak, Iran, Reza Badiyi graduated from the Academy of Drama in Iran and received the prestigious Golden Medal of Art from the Shah. Mr. Badiyi began as a cameraman at the Ministry of Education and Fine Art. For three years, Mr. Badiyi worked with filmmaker Jamshid Sheibani and Studio Iranno, where he travelled with the Shah on official Palace business. The Flood in Khoozistan won him international praise, and in 1955, he was invited by the United States to continue his education at Syracuse University. After finishing a film called The 16 Methodist Colleges, he was sent to work for the Kansas City, Missouri-based Calvin Company, where he met a young director named Robert Altman with whom he collaborated for more than a decade.
Mr. Badiyi began his Hollywood career designing title sequences for iconic shows such as Hawaii Five-O, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Get Smart and others. He progressed to direct entire episodes and was eventually received an award from the Director's Guild of America (DGA) for the extraordinary accomplishment of directing more than 400 episodes of television. His credits in film and television include: Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, Barretta, The Six Million Dollar Man, Cagney & Lacey, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, Falcon Crest, Star Trek, Baywatch, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, La Femme Nikita, and Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
In addition to the Noor Iranian Film Festival Achievement Award, Mr. Badiyi recieved many other awards throughout his career. Until his passing in 2011, he resided in Los Angeles with his wife Tania Badiyi. His children are Clifford, Farshid-Steve, Mimi, Carey, Jennifer, Mina, Alexis and Natasha.
In 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival organizers unanimously voted to change the name of the Noor Film Festival Achievement Award to the "Reza Badiyi Achievement Award" in his honor.
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