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Michael Brunswick Ritchie (November 28, 1938 - April 16, 2001) was an American film director.

Ritchie was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia (née Graney) and Benbow Ferguson Ritchie. His family later moved to Berkeley, California, where his father was a professor of experimental psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and his mother was the art and music librarian for the city.

He attended Berkeley High School before becoming interested in film, and was accepted at Harvard University following high school.

Ritchie attracted attention in his senior year at Harvard in 1960 by directing the original production of the Arthur Kopit play, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His work on Kopit's play led to a job offer from Robert Saudek, the producer of the Omnibus television series. Ritchie also directed episodes of Profiles in Courage and such TV series as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dr. Kildare and Felony Squad prior to making his Hollywood feature-film debut in 1969 with Downhill Racer.

His sister, Elsie Ritchie, acted in two of his films (The Candidate and Smile).

In 1994, Ritchie purchased the hacienda-style house at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles, where Marilyn Monroe died in 1962. He bought it for $995,000.

In 1994, Ritchie moved to Manhattan with his wife, Jimmie B. Ritchie, and daughters, Lillian (b. 1986) and Miriam (b. 1988). His additional children include a son, Steven (b. 1973); daughters Lauren (b. 1966) and Jessica (b. 1973), and two stepchildren, Nelly Bly and Billy Bly.

Ritchie died at age 62 of complications from prostate cancer, on April 16, 2001, in New York.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Ritchie (film director), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Michael Brunswick Ritchie (November 28, 1938 - April 16, 2001) was an American film director.

Ritchie was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia (née Graney) and Benbow Ferguson Ritchie. His family later moved to Berkeley, California, where his father was a professor of experimental psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and his mother was the art and music librarian for the city.

He attended Berkeley High School before becoming interested in film, and was accepted at Harvard University following high school.

Ritchie attracted attention in his senior year at Harvard in 1960 by directing the original production of the Arthur Kopit play, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His work on Kopit's play led to a job offer from Robert Saudek, the producer of the Omnibus television series. Ritchie also directed episodes of Profiles in Courage and such TV series as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dr. Kildare and Felony Squad prior to making his Hollywood feature-film debut in 1969 with Downhill Racer.

His sister, Elsie Ritchie, acted in two of his films (The Candidate and Smile).

In 1994, Ritchie purchased the hacienda-style house at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles, where Marilyn Monroe died in 1962. He bought it for $995,000.

In 1994, Ritchie moved to Manhattan with his wife, Jimmie B. Ritchie, and daughters, Lillian (b. 1986) and Miriam (b. 1988). His additional children include a son, Steven (b. 1973); daughters Lauren (b. 1966) and Jessica (b. 1973), and two stepchildren, Nelly Bly and Billy Bly.

Ritchie died at age 62 of complications from prostate cancer, on April 16, 2001, in New York.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Ritchie (film director), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 34

Birthday 1938-11-28

Day of Death 2001-04-16

Place of Birth Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1999 Beggars and Choosers(2 episodes)Director
1997 A Simple WishDirector
1995 The FantasticksDirector
1994 The ScoutDirector
1994 Cops & RobbersonsDirector
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering MomDirector
1992 DiggstownDirector
1989 Fletch LivesDirector
1988 The Couch TripDirector
1986 The Golden ChildDirector
1986 WildcatsDirector
1985 FletchDirector
1983 The SurvivorsDirector
1981 Student BodiesDirector
1980 Divine MadnessDirector
1980 The IslandDirector
1979 An Almost Perfect AffairDirector
1977 Semi-ToughDirector
1976 The Bad News BearsDirector
1975 SmileDirector
1972 The CandidateDirector
1972 Prime CutDirector
1969 Downhill RacerDirector
1968 The Sound of AngerDirector
1968 The Outsider(1 episode)Director
1967 The OutsiderDirector
1966 Felony Squad(3 episodes)Director
1965 The Big Valley(3 episodes)Director
1965 Run for Your Life(6 episodes)Director
1964 Profiles in Courage(2 episodes)Director
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(1 episode)Director

Production

1981 Student BodiesProducer
1978 The Bad News Bears Go to JapanProducer

Writing

2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus BookieWriter
1993 Cool RunningsAuthor

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