Reza Badiyi, designer of Hawaii Five-O titles, dies

Reza Badiyi, a television director who also designed the titles of the original Hawaii Five-O series, died over the weekend at the age of 81, according to the Deadline Hollywood entertainment news Web site.

Badiyi directed a lot of episodic television and televison movies. Before that, he was a title designer whose work graced shows such as He & She, the fifth season of Get Smart and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But his best-known title work was on the original Five-O (1968-1980), creating images to match the theme music by Morton Stevens. Here’s the first version, running at around 1:30 for the television movie that was the Five-O pilot:

When the series went into production, Badiyi shortened and tweaked the images. The biggest change was a helicopter shot of star Jack Lord standing on a balcony of the Ilikai hotel. The titles would vary a bit over the tweleve seasons but remained fairly consistent. Here’s the season one version: