Michael Ritchie

Director, Producer, Writer
Wisconsin-born, California-raised Michael Ritchie gained early directorial experience as an undergraduate at Harvard, staging the original production of classmate Arthur Kopit's "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Director (31)

Beggars and Choosers 1959 - 1969, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Deadline 1959 - 1962, 1964 - 1965, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Doctor Kildare 1959 - 1966, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Profiles in Courage 1959 - 1969, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Big Valley 1959 - 1969, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Felony Squad 1959 - 1969, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 1959 - 1969, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fantasticks 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Scout 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Diggstown 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Couch Trip 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Golden Child 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Survivors 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Island 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

An Almost Perfect Affair 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Semi-Tough 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bad News Bears 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Smile 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Prime Cut 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Candidate 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Downhill Racer 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Outsider 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Director

The Detectives 1959 - 1962, 1964 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Outsider (Movie)

(Director)

The Sound of Anger (TV Show)

Director
Producer (5)

The Fantasticks 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Student Bodies 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Smile 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (4)

Robert Redford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Night Watchman (Actor)

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

An Almost Perfect Affair 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (TV Show)

Play as Source Material
Music (2)

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

songs("A Far Far Better Thing" "The Best of Times") (Song)

Smile 1975 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

Wisconsin-born, California-raised Michael Ritchie gained early directorial experience as an undergraduate at Harvard, staging the original production of classmate Arthur Kopit's "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" in 1960. Following graduation he worked in series TV, directing episodes of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "Dr. Kildare". Ritchie's first feature, "Downhill Racer" (1969), starring Robert Redford, was noted for its gripping skiing sequences, shot with hand-held 16mm cameras. His third film, "The Candidate" (1972), also starred Redford, and it remains one of the finest cinematic excoriations of the American political system.

Relationships

Billy Bly

Step-Son
mother, Jimmie Ritchie

Nelly Bly

Step-Daughter
mother, Jimmie Ritchie

Georgina Ritchie

Companion
Mother of Ritchie's three older children

Benbow Ritchie

Father
taught experimental psychology at UC, Berkeley from 1950 to 1977 died on February 23, 1998 at age 85

Jimmie Ritchie

Wife
Married until his death 2001

Patricia Ritchie

Mother

Jessica Ritchie

Daughter
born on March 1, 1973 twin of Steven mother, Georgina Ritchie

Lauren Ritchie

Daughter
born in 1966 mother, Georgina Ritchie

Lillian Ritchie

Daughter
born in July 1986 mother, Jimmie Ritchie

Miriam Ritchie

Daughter
born in December 1988 mother, Jimmie Ritchie

Steven Ritchie

Son
born on February 28, 1973 twin of Jessica mother, Georgina Ritchie

John Ritchie

Brother
born in August 1955

Elsie Ritchie

Sister
born in October 1953

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1960

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1960

Milestones

2000

Final TV work, directed episodes of the short-lived NBC series "Deadline"

2000

Final released film, an adaptation of the long-running Off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks" (filmed in 1995); also produced

1999

Helmed episodes of Showtime's "Beggars and Choosers", a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a TV network

1997

Directed the unsold pilot "Comfort, Texas"

1997

Last directorial effort, "A Simple Wish"

1994

Once again returned to sports-themes with "The Scout", about a professional baseball scout who discovers a talented young pitcher

1994

Last feature with Chevy Chase, "Cops & Robbersons"

1993

Returned to the small screen to direct the acclaimed, award-winning HBO movie "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom"

1992

Played a small role as a night watchman in John Landis's feature, "Innocent Blood"

1989

Helmed the disappointing sequel "Fletch Lives", starring Chase

1988

Reunited with comic actor Chevy Chase for "The Couch Trip"

1986

Directed the Eddie Murphy vehicle "The Golden Child"

1986

Returned to sports-themed comedy with "Wildcats", about a female coaching a football squad

1985

Helmed the film adaptation of the popular detective novel "Fletch"; first of four films with Chevy Chase

1983

Directed the comedy "The Survivors"

1980

Produced and directed the feature film "Divine Madness", adapted from Bette Midler's highly successful concert tour

1978

Helmed the inevitable sequel, "The Bad News Bears Go to Japan"

1977

Directed the enjoyable and successful football-themed movie "Semi-Tough"

1976

Enjoyed a box-office hit with the comedy "The Bad News Bears", about an inept Little League team

1975

First film as producer, "Smile", an underrated satirical look at beauty pageants; also directed

1972

Reteamed with Redford as director of the politically-themed comedy-drama "The Candidate"

1968

First feature film as director, "Downhill Racer", starring Robert Redford as a champion ski racer

1967

Helmed the pilot for the NBC series "The Outsider"

1964

Graduated to associate producer and director on "Profiles in Courage" series, executive produced by Saudek

1960

While at Harvard, staged first production of classmate Arthur Kopit's play "Oh Dad, Poor, Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"

Born in Wisconsin

Began career as assistant to Robert Saudek on the Ford Foundation's "Omnibus" TV series

Worked as a TV director in the late 1960s on series including "Felony Squad", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "The Big Valley" and "Dr. Kildare"

Raised in the Berkeley, California, area, where his father taught psychology

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