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Emmy-Winning Episode Director Jay Sandrich Dead At 89

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Tributes have started pouring in for Emmy-winning sitcom director and executive producer, Jay Sandrich, who died in a Manhattan hospital Sunday morning.

Sandrich was 89.

Late-night shows covered the news Sunday night. And on Monday, Variety listed it as the top news item on its website.

Sandrich was the director on the Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, Wheel of Fortune, Friends, Mad About You, The Joey Reynolds Show, and My Two Dads.

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He also worked on Two and a Half Men.

In addition to his work in film and television, Sandrich also served on the staffs of the BBC and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Sandrich was born in Australia in 1929. He and his family moved to England when he was 8.

He studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London.

And he met his future wife, Pat Sandrich, while studying. They married in 1951 and moved to Los Angeles in 1957. The couple had two children, Lucy, who died in 2001, and Kit.

Although he had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for a few years, Sandrich always carried on in spirit and created a daily newsletter, called a Shotwell, to help his fellow movie and television directors.

Sandrich is survived by his wife, Pat, two children, Kit and Lucy, and four grandchildren.

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