John Rich, director of beloved television shows like “Gilligan’s Island,” “All In the Family,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke The Rifleman,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Murphy Brown” has passed away at the age of 86, according to Deadline.
Rich started his broadcast career while at University of Michigan in the
1940s, working as a radio sports announcer, earning one dollar an hour.
“My early inspiration for getting into television was the need to eat
on a regular basis,” he said in an interview.
DGA President Taylor Hackford said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of John Rich. A
legendary figure in the history of TV comedy, John tirelessly served our
Guild for nearly six decades. He directed some of the most beloved
classics of all time and his skills as a television director were
unsurpassed, but no matter how busy and successful his career was, John
always made time for the DGA … Our hearts go out to his wife Pat and his family at this difficult time.”