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Michael Ritchie

Michael Ritchie

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Also Known As: Died: April 16, 2001
Born: November 28, 1938 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Director ...
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Born in Wisconsin
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Raised in the Berkeley, California, area, where his father taught psychology
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"
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Began career as assistant to Robert Saudek on the Ford Foundation's "Omnibus" TV series
1964:
Graduated to associate producer and director on "Profiles in Courage" series, executive produced by Saudek
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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"
1967:
Helmed the pilot for the NBC series "The Outsider"
1969:
First feature film as director, "Downhill Racer", starring Robert Redford as a champion ski racer
1972:
Reteamed with Redford as director of the politically-themed comedy-drama "The Candidate"
1975:
First film as producer, "Smile", an underrated satirical look at beauty pageants; also directed
1976:
Enjoyed a box-office hit with the comedy "The Bad News Bears", about an inept Little League team
1977:
Directed the enjoyable and successful football-themed movie "Semi-Tough"
1978:
Helmed the inevitable sequel, "The Bad News Bears Go to Japan"
1980:
Produced and directed the feature film "Divine Madness", adapted from Bette Midler's highly successful concert tour
1983:
Directed the comedy "The Survivors"
1985:
Helmed the film adaptation of the popular detective novel "Fletch"; first of four films with Chevy Chase
1986:
Returned to sports-themed comedy with "Wildcats", about a female coaching a football squad
1986:
Directed the Eddie Murphy vehicle "The Golden Child"
1988:
Reunited with comic actor Chevy Chase for "The Couch Trip"
1989:
Helmed the disappointing sequel "Fletch Lives", starring Chase
1992:
Played a small role as a night watchman in John Landis's feature, "Innocent Blood"
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"
1994:
Last feature with Chevy Chase, "Cops & Robbersons"
1994:
Once again returned to sports-themes with "The Scout", about a professional baseball scout who discovers a talented young pitcher
1997:
Last directorial effort, "A Simple Wish"
1997:
Directed the unsold pilot "Comfort, Texas"
1999:
Helmed episodes of Showtime's "Beggars and Choosers", a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a TV network
2000:
Final released film, an adaptation of the long-running Off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks" (filmed in 1995); also produced
2000:
Final TV work, directed episodes of the short-lived NBC series "Deadline"

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