Lee Rich

Executive, Producer, Advertising executive
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Producer (106)

The Score 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gloria 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Bully 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walton Wedding 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Amazing Panda Adventure 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Against the Grain 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Passenger 57 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

America's Missing Children 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hard to Kill 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Molloy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Boone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Cooks, the Other Doesn't 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Blue Knight 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dusty 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two of a Kind 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Wedding on Waltons Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Killjoy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

This Is Kate Bennett... 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two Guys From Muck 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Matter of Life and Death 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Secrets of Midland Heights 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Waltons 1972 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Shamus, Little Shamus 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Flamingo Road 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Joshua's World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Big Red One 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Willow B: Women in Prison 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Man Called Intrepid 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kaz 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Married: The First Year 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Me and Ducky 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Studs Lonigan 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Waverly Wonders 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Young Pioneers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bravo Two 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Green Eyes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Conspiracy of Terror 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Helter Skelter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Making It 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

People Like Us 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

You're Just Like Your Father 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Apple's Way 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Blue Knight 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Runaways 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Stranger Within 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Doc Elliot 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Doc Elliot 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pursuit 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Good Life 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Good Life 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Man 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sporting Club 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Day For Thanks on Walton's Mountain (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Dream For Christmas (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Perfect Match (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Question of Guilt (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Walton Easter (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Aesop's Fables (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bad Ronald (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bunco (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Desperate Women (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dying Room Only (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Eric (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Flamingo Road (TV Show)

Executive Producer

French Silk (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Helter Skelter (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Island City (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It's Nothing Personal (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Killer Rules (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Killer on Board (TV Show)

Executive Producer

King's Crossing (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Long Journey Back (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Marriage Is Alive and Well (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Horn (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Our Family Business (TV Show)

Producer

Pursuit (Movie)

(Producer)

Returning Home (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Reward (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Skag (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Some Kind of Miracle (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Blue Knight (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Crooked Hearts (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Face of Fear (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Girls of Huntington House (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Homecoming (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Runaway Barge (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Widow (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Young Love, First Love (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Production Management (1)

Sybil (TV Show)

Production Supervisor
Actor (1)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

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).

Relationships

Angela Solecito

Wife

Blair Rich

Daughter
born c. March, 1975 mother Angela Solecito

Jessica Rich

Daughter
mother, Rich's first wife

Miranda Rich

Daughter
mother, Rich's first wife

EDUCATION

Ohio University

Athens , Ohio

Milestones

1988

Signed three-year deal with Warner Bros., Setting up Lee Rich Productions there (date approximate)

1978

First film as executive producer, "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"

1970

Served as executive producer on first TV movies, "The Homecoming" for Lorimar and "Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate" for Lee Rich Productions

1970

Produced first feature, "The Sporting Club"

1966

Executive produced first TV series, "Hey, Landlord"

Resigned as senior TV vice president with Benton & Bowles to become president, Mirisch Rich TV

Became president and co-owner of Lorimar Productions, Culver City CA

Named chairman and CEO, MGM/UA Communications Company

Began career as advertising executive

Joined Leo Burnett Agency

Bonus Trivia

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Rich 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.

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

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

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He was also given a Distinguished Citizenship Award by Southwestern School of Law in 1983.

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

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