He passed away after a brief illness at his Los Angeles home on Sunday (29Jan12).
Born in Rockaway Beach, New York, Rich studied at the University of Michigan and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
He went on to direct a number of popular U.S. TV shows throughout his career, among them The Brady Bunch, Mister Ed, Gilligan's Island and The Jeffersons, and he won two Emmy Awards for episodes of All in the Family and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Rich also directed Elvis Presley in hit movies Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go.
He later teamed up with Happy Days star Henry Winkler to produce the series MacGyver and eventually retired from the industry in 1999.