By Amy Ryan
Updated March 10, 2007 at 05:14 AM EST

You may not recognize the name, but to exploitation-movie connoisseurs, the films of Andy Sidaris were as instantly recognizable as those of Hitchcock or Scorsese (or, more to the point, Roger Corman or Russ Meyer). Sidaris, who died Wednesday at age 76, was a pioneering, seven-time Emmy-winning director for ABC Sports (he claimed to be the first person ever to put a TV camera in a football field’s end zone, and he choreographed the climactic pigskin match in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H), but he was better known for his side job: writing, producing, and directing about a dozen movies characterized by (as the Cramps song put it) bikini girls with machine guns. Sidaris’ silicone-enhanced spy stories (including Savage Beach, Picasso Trigger, and Day of the Warrior) featured Penthouse Pets and Playboy Playmates (including Devin DeVasquez, pictured with Sidaris) cavorting in Hawaiian locations, dropping deadpan double-entendres, doffing their duds, and generally delivering good, clean, dirty fun. (For all the exposed flesh and gun-toting, Sidaris’ films were light on gore and profanity, and all centered on strong, capable heroines.) Whether he was shooting the summer Olympics or swimsuit-clad secret agents, Sidaris certainly knew how to catch your eye.

addCredit(“Sidaris/DeVasquez: Miranda Shen/Globe Photos”)