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Michael Ritchie (I) (1938–2001)

Michael Ritchie was born on November 28, 1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Fletch (1985), The Golden Child (1986) and The Bad News Bears (1976). He was married to Jimmie B. Ritchie. He died on April 16, 2001 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1999 Beggars and Choosers (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1997 Comfort, Texas (TV Movie)
 1997 A Simple Wish
 1994 The Scout
 1993 L'encyclopédie audio-visuelle (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Albert Einstein (1993)
 1992 Diggstown
 1989 Fletch Lives
 1986 Wildcats
 1985 Fletch
 1983 The Survivors
 1981 Student Bodies (uncredited)
 1980 Divine Madness (Documentary)
 1980 The Island
 1977 Semi-Tough
 1975 Smile
 1972 The Candidate
 1972 Prime Cut
 1969 The Survivors (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Chapter Two (1969)
- Chapter One (1969)
 1968 The Sound of Anger (TV Movie)
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1967 The Outsider (TV Movie)
 1966 Felony Squad (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Barbary Red (1966)
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- With This Ring (1965)
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Thomas Corwin (1965)
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Saint Joan (1955)
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(book) "Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television". Woodstock, NY: The Overlook Press, 1994. ISBN-10: 0879515465. ISBN-13: 978-0879515461

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Allen Smithee


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Started his career as an assistant producer in television in the early 1960s. He made his feature film debut as a director with Downhill Racer (1969), for which he was hired by Robert Redford. Sports continued to be his forte, his greatest box-office successes being about baseball (The Bad News Bears (1976)) and football (Semi-Tough (1977)). He took a humorous swipe, with far less commercial ... See more »

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