Rich Correll

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Richard Thomas Correll (born May 14, 1948) is an American television actor, director, producer and writer.

Rich Correll
Richard Thomas Correll

(1948-05-14) May 14, 1948 (age 72)
Other namesRichard T. Correll
OccupationActor, film director, television director, television producer, television writer
Years active1960–present

Life and careerEdit

Born in Los Angeles County, California, Correll is the son of Charles Correll, who starred as Andy Brown on the radio program Amos 'n' Andy. He is the brother of Barbara Correll, Dottie Correll and Charles Correll Jr., who worked on Animal House as cinematographer and directed episodes of Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Stargate SG-1.

As a child actor, Correll played the role of Beaver's friend Richard Rickover during the last three seasons of Leave It to Beaver (1960–63). He also appeared in multiple episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Lassie and National Velvet. As a teenager, Correll became a close friend of legendary silent film comedian Harold Lloyd and his family, and volunteered to assist Lloyd in preserving and archiving Lloyd's extensive films. He continues this work today, and is credited as the chief archivist for the Lloyd Trust. He has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of Lloyd's work and life in interviews and commentary tracks for the 2005 DVD release of Lloyd's films, and in the 1991 documentary The Third Genius.[1]

In 1983, as a result of a revival of the Leave It to Beaver series on television and film, Correll appeared on the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour as a game show participant / celebrity guest star.

Correll made his film directorial debut with Ski Patrol.[2]

Correll has directed episodes of The Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Family Matters, What I Like About You, That's So Raven, So Little Time, The Amanda Show, The Hogan Family, Yes, Dear, Two of a Kind, Fuller House and many other series. He is also the co-creator of the Disney Channel original series, Hannah Montana.[3]

In 2010, Correll sued Disney for unfair termination and alleged non-payment of creative royalties for Hannah Montana.[4]




  1. ^ Champlin, Charles (March 31, 1993). "Silent Film's Third Genius: Harold Lloyd Put on His Glasses--and Film History". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  2. ^ James, Caryn (January 13, 1990). "Ski Patrol (1989) Review/Film; Meanwhile, Pops Is Back At the Lodge". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Richard Correll Movies & TV". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Belloni, Matthew. 'Hannah Montana' creators sue Disney for profits. The Hollywood Reporter, April 9, 2010.

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