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Also Known As: Died: May 24, 2012
Born: December 10, 1926 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: executive, producer, advertising executive

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Former advertising executive who resigned as senior vice president of Benton & Bowles in 1965 to become a producer for Mirisch-Rich TV which created the series, "Rat Patrol and "Hey, Landlord" (1966-67). After returning to advertising at the Leo Burnett Agency, Rich left to form Lorimar Productions serving as executive producer on the company's successful series: "The Waltons" (CBS, 1972-81), "Eight is Enough" (ABC, 1977-81), "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-91), "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-91) as well as numerous TV movies including "The Homecoming" (his first of many projects with Waltons' creator Earl Hamner) and the Emmy-winning "Sybil" (NBC, 1976). President of Lorimar until 1986, he left to join MGM/UA Communications as chairman and CEO, resigning in 1988 to return to independent production. Rich's most successful recent producing venture has been the fairly standard but enjoyable vigorous Wesley Snipes actioner, "Passenger 57" (1992).

Former advertising executive who resigned as senior vice president of Benton & Bowles in 1965 to become a producer for Mirisch-Rich TV which created the series, "Rat Patrol and "Hey, Landlord" (1966-67). After returning to advertising at the Leo Burnett Agency, Rich left to form Lorimar Productions serving as executive producer on the company's successful series: "The Waltons" (CBS, 1972-81), "Eight is Enough" (ABC, 1977-81), "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-91), "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-91) as well as numerous TV movies including "The Homecoming" (his first of many projects with Waltons' creator Earl Hamner) and the Emmy-winning "Sybil" (NBC, 1976). President of Lorimar until 1986, he left to join MGM/UA Communications as chairman and CEO, resigning in 1988 to return to independent production. Rich's most successful recent producing venture has been the fairly standard but enjoyable vigorous Wesley Snipes actioner, "Passenger 57" (1992).

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Began career as advertising executive
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Resigned as senior TV vice president with Benton & Bowles to become president, Mirisch Rich TV
1966:
Executive produced first TV series, "Hey, Landlord"
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Joined Leo Burnett Agency
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Became president and co-owner of Lorimar Productions, Culver City CA
1971:
Served as executive producer on first TV movies, "The Homecoming" for Lorimar and "Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate" for Lee Rich Productions
1971:
Produced first feature, "The Sporting Club"
1978:
First film as executive producer, "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"
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Named chairman and CEO, MGM/UA Communications Company
1988:
Signed three-year deal with Warner Bros., Setting up Lee Rich Productions there (date approximate)
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Education

Ohio University: Athens , Ohio -

Notes

Has won 3 George Foster Peabody awards, 4 Humanistas Awards, 2 Christopher Medals and was twice named Showman of the Year by the Publicists Guild of America.

He received a honorary degee in communications from Ohio University in 1982.

Rich was awarded honorary L.L.D. from Southwestern University in 1983.

He was given Distinguished Citizenship Award by Southwestern School of Law (1983)

He was named Man of the Year by the Beverly Hills Lodge of B'nai B'rith in 1983.

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wife:
Angela Solecito.

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daughter:
Jessica Rich. Mother, Rich's first wife.
daughter:
Miranda Rich. Mother, Rich's first wife.
daughter:
Blair Rich. Born c. March, 1975; mother Angela Solecito.

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