George McCowan (June 27, 1927 – November 1, 1995) was a Canadian film (mostly TV movies) and TV director in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
McCowan began his career working for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. He moved to the United States from Canada in 1967 and stayed there.
He is most notable for directing seven episodes of Charlie's Angels, directing episodes of S.W.A.T., and directing episodes of Starsky and Hutch. He worked more often with such shows as The Streets of San Francisco, Fantasy Island, and Hart to Hart. McCowan directed the 1971 Canadian hockey film Face-Off
, the 1972 film, The Magnificent Seven Ride!
, the 1972 horror film, Frogs
, and the 1976 film Shadow of the Hawk
McCowan also directed the film H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come and the 1970 television war movie,The Challenge, but for the latter he chose to be credited as Alan Smithee.
McCowan died in 1995 in Santa Monica, California.