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Kelly A. Manners (born 1 December 1955; age 62) is a producer and assistant director who worked as Unit Production Manager on the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode "Coming of Age" in 1988.
Born as Abramo Kelly Maneri, he is the son of producer Sam Manners and the brother of the late director Kim Manners (who directed TNG: "When The Bough Breaks") and the assistant director Tana M. Manners. Manners worked as unit production manager, assistant director and co-producer on Joss Whedon's fantasy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the show's third season (which featured Armin Shimerman and Harry Groener in major recurring roles) between 1998 and 1999. He left the series to work on its spin-off Angel between 1999 and 2004 as unit production manager, second unit director, and producer and also appeared in a cameo role in the episode "The House Always Wins" (2002, with Clayton Rohner). Manners was interviewed for several special features on the DVD release of the series.
Manners worked as assistant or second unit director on the television series Wonder Woman (1976-1979), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1984), Hawaiian Heat (1984, with Tracy Scoggins and Branscombe Richmond), MacGruder and Loud (1985), Walker, Texas Ranger, Space: Above and Beyond (1995-1996, starring Lanei Chapman and Tucker Smallwood), The Burning Zone (1997, starring Michael Harris, James Black, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Point Pleasant (2005), and Pepper Dennis (2006). He also worked as second assistant director on the television movie Sparrow (1978, with Catherine Hicks) and on the television drama Nothing But the Truth (1995).
Manners worked as unit production manager and producer on the television series Rags to Riches (1987-1988), The Visitor (1997-1998), Nash Bridges, Point Pleasant (2005), Pepper Dennis (2006), K-Ville (2007-2008), and Sons of Anarchy (2008, with Ron Perlman). More recent work as producer includes Leverage (2008), the television drama Pleading Guilty (2010, with Mädchen Amick, John Larroquette, and Leland Orser), and the science fiction series Dollhouse (2009-2010) and Torchwood (2011).