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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).
Producer (Feature Film)
Misc. Crew (Special)
Producer (TV Mini-Series)
Film Production - Main (TV Mini-Series)
Executive produced first TV series, "Hey, Landlord"
Served as executive producer on first TV movies, "The Homecoming" for Lorimar and "Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate" for Lee Rich Productions
Produced first feature, "The Sporting Club"
First film as executive producer, "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"
Signed three-year deal with Warner Bros., Setting up Lee Rich Productions there (date approximate)