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Overview (4)

Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (complications of prostate cancer)
Birth NameMichael Brunswick Ritchie
Height 6' 7" (2.01 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Ritchie was born on November 28, 1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA as Michael Brunswick Ritchie. 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.

Spouse (1)

Jimmie B. Ritchie (? - 16 April 2001) (his death) (5 children)

Trivia (8)

In 1994, Ritchie purchased for $995,000, the modest hacienda-style house at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in the Brentwood section of LA where Marilyn Monroe died in 1962.
Graduated from Harvard University.
Attended Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California.
Brother of Elsie Ritchie and Jack Ritchie.
Two stepchildren, Nelly and Billy Bly.
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 success, at beauty pageants with the underrated Smile (1975), for which he adopted an effective semi-documentary approach. While his work became more mainstream during the 1980s, it does include a few memorable comedies, notably Fletch (1985) (and its sequel) and The Couch Trip (1988).
His father was Benbow Ritchie, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of California.

Personal Quotes (13)

I had no training in the theater. I did not study it but just did it.
I feel that I'm leaving Williamstown too early, but I'd rather leave too early than too late.
I have no interest in directing. I'd be a bad director.
I've never presented. The logistics of that is a challenge.
I'll be going to the granddaddy of the Los Angeles theaters.
Los Angeles has always been on the table with us.
The audience includes subscribers, so you have to be careful.
It's exciting to see a kid at a rehearsal meeting with someone who seems like such an icon.
Just go out there and do it. It's not the easiest path.
I went into this job to do plays, but that's here for 10 weeks, and the rest of the year I do a lot of other things-the administrative work of planning, reading plays.
The trick is to have my own particular taste and feel for the theater to audiences who have been used to one particular style and taste for nearly 40 years.
In next five to 10 years I probably would have done my best work, but I was afraid of having another 10 or 15 years ahead of me and feeling stale, so this was an opportunity to reinvigorate myself.
There's been a big spur in downtown development with new business, restaurants and a lot of loft buying. The buses run, and there's a subway that runs through downtown.

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