Kim Manners (January 13, 1951 – January 25, 2009) was an American television producer, director and child actor best known for his work on The X-Files and Supernatural.
Kim Manners was raised in a show business family. His father, Sam Manners, had production credits on shows such as The Wild Wild West and Route 66. Manners did some acting as a child; his first role was at the age of three in a Chevrolet commercial. He also watched and occasionally participated in his father's work as well as the work of William Beaudine, Sr., director of Rin Tin Tin. It was Beaudine who inspired Manners to become a director. Manners' brother, Kelly, has production and directorial credits on Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse and his sister, Tana, works as a television director.
Manners made his directorial debut in 1978, directing an episode of Charlie's Angels. Prior to this, he had worked as unit production manager on the show and as an assistant director on a handful of other projects. Other notable directorial credits to Manners' name include episodes of 21 Jump Street, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Baywatch, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and The Commish.
Manners signed on to produce and direct The X-Files in the show's second season at the advice of Rob Bowman, who had worked on the show in its first season, and James Wong and Glen Morgan, who were writers for the show and had previously worked with Manners on 21 Jump Street. He, along with his fellow producers on The X-Files, was nominated for four Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Manners was referenced in the X-Files episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" with a foul-mouthed police detective named after him. Following the finale of The X-Files in 2002, Manners directed a number of small projects before signing on to direct and produce Supernatural in 2005.
Manners died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, on January 25, 2009, aged 58. On March 12, 2009, an episode of Supernatural, entitled "Death Takes a Holiday", aired. The end credits contained two photos of Kim Manners, along with the caption "We dedicate the entire season to Kim Manners" and a final message stating, "We miss you, Kim." The fifth episode the second season of AMC's Breaking Bad, entitled "Breakage", which premiered on April 5, 2009, featured a dedication to Manners in the end credits.