Jack Shea, a director who was president of the Directors Guild of America at one time, has passed away at the age of 84. A family spokesman says it was due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Shea’s biggest credits included over 100 episodes of “The Jeffersons” and nearly as many episodes of “Silver Spoons.” He also directed episodes of “Designing Women,” “Growing Pains” and “Sanford and Son,” plus several Bob Hope Christmas specials from U.S. military posts around the world.
Shea was elected as president of the Directors Guild of America in 1997 and was known for advocating diversity in hiring and local production during his tenure.
The director was nominated for two directing Emmys. One for “The Bob Hope Show” and one for “Designing Women,” the episode that gave us this gem of a scene (video below).
Shea is survived by wife Patt, daughter Shawn and sons Bill, Michael and John Francis III, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Elizabeth.