George McCowan was a Canadian film and television director in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.\nMcCowan began his career working for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. He moved to the United States from Canada in 1967 and stayed there.\nHe is most notable for directing seven episodes of Charlie's Angels, directing episodes of S.W.A.T. directing episodes of Starsky and Hutch and directing every episode of the popular Canadian series Seeing Things. He worked more often with such shows as The Silent Force, The Mod Squad, The Streets of San Francisco, Fantasy Island, and Hart to Hart. McCowan directed the 1970 TV movie Carter's Army, 1971 Canadian hockey film Face-Off, the 1972 film The Magnificent Seven Ride!, the 1972 horror film Frogs, and the 1976 film Shadow of the Hawk.\nMcCowan also directed the film H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come and the 1970 television war movie, The Challenge, but for the latter he chose to be credited as Alan Smithee.\nMcCowan died of emphysema on November 1, 1995 in Santa Monica, California.