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|Born||December 19, 1918|
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Died||May 24, 2012 (aged 93)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||Film and television producer|
|Known for||The Waltons and Dallas producer|
(m. 1964; div. 1983)
(m. 19??; ??)
Lee Rich (December 19, 1918 – May 24, 2012) was an American film and television producer, who won the 1973 Outstanding Drama Series Emmy award for The Waltons as the producer. He is also known as the co-founder and former chairman of Lorimar Television.
Early life and education
Rich began his career in advertising and ultimately became an industry executive.
He served in the Navy as a lieutenant in World War II, and then returned to advertising in New York, where he rose to senior vice president and a member of the board of Benton & Bowles .
As the ad agency middleman between product company sponsors and television producers, he was involved with The Andy Griffith Show, Make Room for Daddy, The Edge of Night, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Rich left Benton & Bowles in 1965 to partner with the Mirisch Co. and form Mirisch-Rich Productions. There he produced The Rat Patrol.
In 1969, he, Merv Adelson, and Irwin Molasky formed Lorimar Productions. Its first production was The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971), a television film which led to Lorimar producing the series it inspired, The Waltons, featuring the same characters. The series ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981. Rich also co-produced the short-lived 1977 CBS espionage drama Hunter. Lorimar's biggest hit was the primetime soap Dallas, which ran from 1978-91. In regards to the famous Dallas storyline “Who shot J.R.?” in which Larry Hagman’s character is fired upon in the 1979-80 season finale in March and the assailant is not revealed until the following November, only Rich and writer-director Leonard Katzman knew which of three previously shot endings would be used.
Rich married American actress Pippa Scott in 1964, having three children together before they divorced in 1983, though they maintained a friendship until his death. Later Rich had two other children with his second wife, Angela Rich.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|1971||The Sporting Club|
|1978||Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?||Executive producer|
|1990||Hard to Kill||Executive producer|
|The Amazing Panda Adventure|
|2001||The Score||Final film as a producer|
|1967||The Rat Patrol||Executive producer|
|Sheriff Who||Television film|
|1971||Aesop's Fables||Television film|
|Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate||Television film|
|The Good Life||Executive producer|
|The Homecoming: A Christmas Story||Television film|
|1972||The Crooked Hearts||Television film|
|1973||The Girls of Huntington House||Television film|
|Dying Room Only||Television film|
|Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Television film|
|The Blue Knight||Television film|
|A Dream for Christmas||Television film|
|Pomroy's People||Television film|
|1974||Police Headquarters||Television film|
|The Stranger Within||Television film|
|Bad Ronald||Television film|
|Apple's Way||Executive producer|
|1973−74||Doc Elliot||Executive producer|
|1975||The Runaway Barge||Television film|
|The Runaways||Television film|
|Returning Home||Television film|
|Conspiracy of Terror||Television film|
|Helter Skelter||Television film|
|You're Just Like Your Father||Television film|
|1975−76||The Blue Knight||Executive producer|
|1977||Green Eyes||Television film|
|Bravo Two||Television film|
|Killer on Board||Television film|
|1978||A Question of Guilt||Television film|
|The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands||Television film|
|The Young Pioneers||Executive producer|
|The Waverly Wonders||Executive producer|
|Desperate Women||Television film|
|Long Journey Back||Television film|
|1979||Some Kind of Miracle||Television film|
|Mr. Horn||Television film|
|Studs Lonigan||Executive producer|
|Married: The First Year||Executive producer|
|Big Shamus, Little Shamus||Executive producer|
|Young Love, First Love||Television film|
|Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith||Television film|
|A Man Called Intrepid||Executive producer|
|1980||Marriage Is Alive and Well||Television film|
|The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons||Television film|
|Willow B: Women in Prison||Television film|
|Joshua's World||Television film|
|A Perfect Match||Television film|
|Secrets of Midland Heights||Executive producer|
|1971−80||The Waltons||Co-executive producer|
|1981||A Matter of Life and Death||Television film|
|Our Family Business||Television film|
|1977−81||Eight Is Enough||Executive producer|
|1982||King's Crossing||Executive producer|
|A Wedding on Walton's Mountain||Television film|
|Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain||Television film|
|This Is Kate Bennett...||Television film|
|Two Guys from Muck||Television film|
|Two of a Kind||Television film|
|A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain||Television film|
|1980−82||Flamingo Road||Executive producer|
|One Cooks, the Other Doesn't||Television film|
|1990||The Face of Fear||Television film|
|1993||Killer Rules||Television film|
|Against the Grain||Executive producer|
|A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion||Television film|
|1994||Island City||Television film|
|1995||A Walton Wedding||Television film|
|1996||Dallas: J.R. Returns||Television film|
|1997||A Walton Easter||Television film|
Final TV project
- Production manager
|1966−67||The Rat Patrol||Executive in charge of production|
|Hey, Landlord||In charge of production|
- Fink, Nikki (2012-05-25). "R.I.P. Television Mogul Lee Rich". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- Vitello, Paul (May 30, 2012). "Lee Rich Dies at 93; Helped Create Both J.R. and John-Boy". New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- McLellan, Dennis (May 26, 2012). "Lee Rich dies at 93; advertising executive became a top TV producer". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- "Lee Rich, Co-Founder of Legendary Production Company Lorimar, Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter.
- https://www.variety.com/article/VR1118054663?refCatId=14 variety.com
- "TV mogul Lee Rich dies at 91: Exec co-founded Lorimar, headed MGM/UA 859-803-3649". Chicago Tribune. May 25, 2012.
- Lee Rich on IMDb
- Lee Rich at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
- Image of Robert L. Jacks, Michael Learned, Richard Thomas and Lee Rich with their Emmys for "The Waltons," Los Angeles, California, 1973. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive (Collection 1429). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.