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Jay Sandrich: The Emmy-winning director of All in the Family dies

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Jay Sandrich, the Emmy-winning Emmy-winning television director, is dead at the age of 89.

He was best known for managing the comedies All in the Family and Roseanne, as well as the music video for Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

His family said he died in West Hartford, Connecticut, on 31 December, after an “alleged cancer battle”.

Sandrich was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1927, and studied for a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

With a second master’s degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, he joined the prestigious television academy of television arts in Los Angeles in 1973.

Sandrich’s first directorial job was on the TV series Happy Days, starring Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzarelli.

He went on to direct episodes of The Golden Girls, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murphy Brown, Full House, One Day at a Time, Mike & Molly, The Great American Baking Show, Community, The Office, Search Party, and many more.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Redden, four children, and seven grandchildren.

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