John Rich (director)

John Rich (July 6, 1925 – January 29, 2012) was an American film and television director. He directed Colonel Humphrey Flack, I Married Joan, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Hogan's Heroes, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Where's Raymond?, Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, Barney Miller, Newhart, Benson, The Brady Bunch, and Gilligan's Island. His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, The New Interns, Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go (the latter two starring Elvis Presley). He also participated in the live telecast of the opening-day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955.

John Rich
Born(1925-07-06)July 6, 1925
DiedJanuary 29, 2012(2012-01-29) (aged 86)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationTelevision/Film director, producer
Years active1951–2009

He won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show, two Emmys for All in the Family, and two Golden Globes and an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award for All in the Family.[1]

In the 1980s, Rich and Henry Winkler formed a production company called Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions and together they produced MacGyver for Paramount Television.

Rich studied at the University of Michigan earning both a B.A. and an M.A. degree in English.

Rich died on January 29, 2012 after a brief illness. He was survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Patricia Dodds; a daughter, Catherine Rich (whom he had with dancer/choreographer Sylvia Lewis); two sons, Anthony Rich (Television Director, "The Big Bang Theory") and Robert Rich; three stepdaughters, Megan Lewis, Kimberly Beres, and Dana Benton; and eight grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ "John Rich: Warm Up the Snake". The University of Michigan Press. Archived from the original on 18 October 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (January 29, 2012). "John Rich dies at 86; director of landmark sitcoms". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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