Kim Manners

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Name: Kim Manners
Also Known As: The Well-Mannered Man
Occupation: Director, producer
Medium: television
Works: The X-Files, Harsh Realm, Supernatural, Charlie's Angels, Mission: Impossible, Baywatch, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
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Kim Manners (born January 13, 1951, † January 25, 2009) was a prolific TV director and producer. He is known for his works on The X-Files and Supernatural.


Manners directorial debut was in 1979 for Charlie's Angels. Other series followed, including Mission: Impossible, Baywatch, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. In the winter of 1994/1995, he joined The X-Files production and with directing 53 (often mytharc-centric) episodes became the director with most directorial episode credits during the shows original run. He also served as a co-producer on the show. After the end of the series he directed many episodes of Supernatural.

Fannish Engagement

Manners is beloved by X-Philes. Not only did he develop the trademark tight close-ups of Mulder and Scully but he was also a shipper, which could be noticed in his audio commentaries.

Manners attended the #Dallas|Dallas eXpo in 1998.

In 2009 X-Files vidder gomnitus created a Kim Manners tribute video which premiered on the X-CON convention in Berlin.[1]

Frank Spotnitz remembered Manners on his blog:

"Kim had a blazing intensity that inspired everyone -- writers, producers, actors and crew. 'Kick it in the [expletive]!' he'd say to us. And 'I love you,' really meaning it. As long as he'd been a director, he never lost his passion for his work.... Kim was an incredible force of life. It is hard for me to believe or accept that he is gone.


  • Detective Manners from the season 3 X-Files episode Jose Chungs from Outer Space was named after him
  • Director Sugar Bear (played in the episode by director Barry K. Thomas) from the David Duchovny penned and helmed X-Files episode Hollywood A.D. pays homage to him
  • The Manners Hotel in THE X-FILES No. 0 comic is named after him.
  • The book the LAX-Files is dedicated to Manners. The money that comes from selling the book is donated to the American Cancer Society, which was selected by Kim Manners' family.
  • The fifth episode of the second of Vince Gilligan's tv series Breaking Bad series included the following dedication: "Dedicated to our [Fr]iend Kim Manners"
  • the complete 4th season of Supernatural was dedicated to Manners.
  • The Manner's Colonial Hospital in the second X-Files feature film I Want To Believe is another homage to him.
  • the Supernatural Studios in Burnaby, Vancouver had officially be named in honour of Manners[2]
  • in the episodeMulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster of the 10th Season of The X-Files there is a dedication to him: in a scene in a cemetery, Mulder is laying down a bouquet of flowers in front of a tombstone and touching it with the inscription:
in Memory of
Kim Manners
January 13th 1951
January 25th 2009
"Let's kick in the ass"

"Let's kick in the ass" was usually called by Manners before calling action when directing.


  1. ^ † Kim Manners † -IN MEMORIAM by Gomnitus
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