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R.I.P. John Rich, 86, USMC Director (Read 616 times)
Jan 29th, 2012 at 7:00pm

Shemp   Offline
Flanders, NJ

 
Emmy-winning director John Rich has died at age 86.

From 1967 - 1969, John Rich directed 26 episodes of GOMER PYLE USMC.

John's Emmy Awards were for episodes of ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE DICK VAN D YKE SHOW.  From 1971 - 1974 he directed 81 episodes of ALL IN THE FAMILY, including the memorable "Sammy's Visit;" John also served as that series' Producer from 1972 - 1974.

Other series he directed over the years were OUR MISS BROOKS, GUNSMOKE, BONANZA, BENSON, THAT GIRL, GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, THE BRADY BUNCH and MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT.  Rich directed a couple theatrical features starring Elvis Presley, and one with Jerry Lewis.  He was also Executive Producer of the adventure series MACGYVER.

From the mid-1950s to early 1960s, John was married to Desilu's choreographer Sylvia Lewis ("Banjo Playing Deputy," "The Senior Play," "A Singer in Town").

A few TV milestone moments directed by John Rich...

ALL IN THE FAMILY  "Sammy's Visit"


THE DICK VAN D YKE SHOW  "That's My Boy?"


GILLIGAN'S ISLAND  "Pilot / Two on a Raft"
 
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Reply #1 - Jan 30th, 2012 at 8:24am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
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The Sammy Davis, Jr. episode was an absolute riot.  Archie trying not to be racist, but it just came shining through.  Then the last scene where Archie agrees to a photo being taken of him and SD,Jr.   Grin  Classic!
 
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Reply #2 - Jan 30th, 2012 at 12:02pm

Keevy Hazelton   Offline
Ocean View, VA

 
So sorry to hear the news of Mr. Rich's passing. He had a hand in so many of my favorite TV moments. Thanks for the laughs Mr. Rich.

Archie: "Edith, open up a fresh box of Twinkies for Mr. Davis here."
 

"Don't take no nerve to do something when there ain't nothin' else you can do."....Tom Joad
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