Jay Sandrich, a comedy director best known for helming some of television’s most iconic sitcoms, has died. He was 89.
After passing away on May 12th, Sandrich’s death was announced in a statement by Kelly Sandrich via an obituary posted to Inside TV:
Kelly Sandrich remembered her husband and partner in television for helping to build up comedy series and comedy stars in Hollywood.
“Jay was a visionary television producer, director and writer, and also a dear and great friend,” her obituary read. “Kelly and Jay were married for 62 years, and worked together on programs such as ‘Life with Johnny,’ ‘Love, American Style,’ ‘Get Smart,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ ‘What’s Happening!!’ and numerous other television series.
He is survived by his wife Kelly, his son Justin, his daughter-in-law Kristin, and his grandchildren Payton, Dane and Morgan.
Before becoming a comedy director, Sandrich worked in the entertainment industry as a copywriter. He most recently ran Improbable Productions, a company he launched with his wife, Kelly Sandrich, in the late 1990s.
The causes of death have not been reported.
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