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'All in the Family' director John Rich dies at 86

In this May 26, 1963 file photo, writer Carl Reiner, right, and director John Rich, left, pose with the Emmy awards they won for their work on the "Dick Van Dyke Show," during the annual Emmy Awards presentation in Hollywood, Calif. Television director John Rich, who won an Emmy Award for the memorable "All in the Family" scene showing Sammy Davis Jr. planting a kiss on Archie Bunker, has died in Los Angeles at 86.

January 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Director John Rich passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 86.

Rich won an Emmy Award for the shows "All in the Family" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

His 50-year Hollywood career included "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza." He also directed episodes or pilots of "The Twilight Zone," "Gilligan's Island," "The Brady Bunch," "Maude," and "The Jeffersons."

A spokesperson said the television director passed away after a brief illness. No other details were released.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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