The 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, died in Los Angeles on 29 January at the age of 86.Rich also won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Rich, who was born in July 1925, enjoyed a 50-year career in Hollywood career. His resumé included I Married Joan, Our Miss Brooks, Gunsmoke and Bonanza. He also directed episodes or pilots of The Twilight Zone, Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, Barney Miller and Newhart. His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go (the latter two starring Elvis Presley). He also participated in the live telecast of the opening day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955.
In the 1980s, Rich and Henry Winkler formed a production company, Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions, and together they produced MacGyver for Paramount Television.