Emmy-Winning TV Director Dies; Work Included ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Jan 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran television director and producer whose work on classic sitcoms goes back to the early days of TV has died, Deadline.com reports.

John Rich died Sunday of heart failure at 86, the story reports.

Rich was known for his work on classic series such as "The Dick Van Dyke Show," on which he directed 41 episodes, and shows including "All in the Family" and "Gilligan’s Island," the story notes. He won three Emmys, including one for directing “All in the Family” and one for directing “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” He also shared a best comedy series Emmy with Norman Lear for “All in the Family.”

Rich started out in radio at the University of Michigan in the 1940s, then moved to TV, starting out as a stage manager. After working on a live variety show, Rich started a career directing comedy and drama series, the story adds.

His directing work in television goes back to the early 1950s, with credits including pioneering comedies “I Married Joan” and “Our Miss Brooks.”

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