Director of the film In the Heat of the Night (1967).
He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
He directed Fiddler on the Roof and Jesus Christ Superstar.
He married Margaret Ann Dixon on July 11, 1953 and had three children with her. They had three children: associate producer and location manager Michael Jewison, camera-operator Kevin Jewison, and actress Jennifer Jewison.
He was the director for The Andy Williams Show, which featured Judy Garland in a popular episode.