Sandrich, Jay 1932-

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Sandrich, Jay 1932-


Full name, Jay Henry Sandrich; born February 24, 1932, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Mark R. (a director, producer, and writer) and Freda (maiden name, Wirtschafter) Sandrich; married Nina Kramer, February 11, 1952 (divorced, 1976); married Linda Green Silverstein, October 4, 1984; children: (first marriage) Eric, Tony, Wendy. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1953.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


Director and producer. Military service: U.S. Army, Signal Corps, 1953-55; became first lieutenant.


Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Awards, outstanding directorial achievement in comedy, 1971, 1973, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding directorial achievement in comedy, 1972, 1974, 1977, all for The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding directing in a comedy series, 1978, outstanding directing in a comedy or comedy-variety or music series, 1979, both for Soap; Directors Guild of America Award, 1975; Emmy Awards, outstanding directing in a comedy series, 1985, 1986, 1987, Directors Guild of America Award (with others), outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series, 1985, all for The Cosby Show; Directors Guild of America Award (with others), outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series, 1986, for The Golden Girls.


Television Work; Series:

Assistant to the producer, The Andy Griffith Show (also known as Andy of Mayberry), 1963.

Associate producer, The Andy Griffith Show (also known as Andy of Mayberry), c. 1964-65.

Producer, Get Smart, NBC, 1965-66.

Producer, The Hero, 1966.

Producer, Captain Nice, 1967.

Also worked as assistant director, I Love Lucy (also known as Lucy in Connecticut, The Sunday Lucy Show, and The Top Ten Lucy Show); Science Fiction Theatre; Assistant director, The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as Head of the Family and The Dick Van Dyke Daytime Show).

Television Work; Movies:

Director, The Crooked Hearts, 1972.

Director, What Are Best Friends For?, 1973.

Coproducer and director, For Richer, For Poorer (also known as Father, Son, and the Mistress), HBO, 1992.

Director, Close to Home, 1994.

Director, London Suite (also known as Neil Simon's "London Suite"), NBC, 1996.

Television Director; Specials:

Bachelor at Law, CBS, 1973.

What Are Best Friends For?, 1973.

The Lily Tomlin Special, ABC, 1975.

Fog, CBS, 1981.

Packy, syndicated, 1987.

The Man Who Came to Dinner, PBS, 2000.

Television Segment Director; Specials:

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special, ABC, 1990.

Television Director; Pilots:

We'll Get By, CBS, 1974.

To Sir, With Love, CBS, 1974.

Friends and Lovers, CBS, 1974.

Phyllis, 1975.

Wives, CBS, 1975.

Harry and Maggie, CBS, 1975.

Three Times Daley, CBS, 1976.

Maureen, CBS, 1976.

Susan and Sam, NBC, 1977.

WKRP in Cincinnati, 1978.

Adams House, CBS, 1983.

The Earthlings, ABC, 1984.

The Cosby Show, NBC, 1984.

Side by Side, ABC, 1984.

Off the Rack, 1984.

The Golden Girls, 1985.

The Staff of "Life," ABC, 1985.

A Different World, NBC, 1987.

The Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1988.

The Johnsons Are Home, CBS, 1988.

Empty Nest, 1988.

Oh Henry!, NBC, 1989.

Piece of Cake, CBS, 1990.

Television Assistant Director; Episodic:

"Danny Meets Andy Griffith," Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show), 1960.

Television Director; Episodic:

He and She, CBS, 1967.

Get Smart, 1968-69.

"One Little Indian," The Governor & J. J., 1969.

"Let X Equal a Lousy Weekend," The Bill Cosby Show, NBC, 1969.

Mary Tyler Moore (also known as The Mary Tyler Moore Show), CBS, 1970-77.

The Bob Newhart Show, 1972-75.

Friends and Lovers, CBS, 1974.

"Two on the Aisle," The Odd Couple, 1974.

"Everything I Have Is Yours, Almost," Rhoda, 1975.

We'll Get By, 1975.

Beacon Hill, 1975.

"The Separation," Rhoda, 1976.

"Falter at the Alter," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), 1976.

The Tony Randall Show, 1976.

Ball Four, 1976.

"Hoax," Lou Grant, CBS, 1977.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not, 1977.

Soap, ABC, 1977-79.

"Pills," Lou Grant, 1978.

Just Friends, 1979.

"Conflict of Interest," Benson, 1979.

"Snowbound," Benson, 1979.

"One Strike, You're Out," Benson, 1979.

It's a Living (also known as Making a Living), 1980-82.

"Advise and Consume," The Stockard Channing Show, 1980.

"Welcome Home," Love, Sidney, 1981.

It Takes Two, 1982.

The Four Seasons, 1984.

Night Court, 1984.

The Cosby Show, 1984-92.

"The Engagement," The Golden Girls, 1985.

"Side by Side," Comedy Factory, 1985.

"Empty Nest," The Golden Girls, 1987.

Premiere, The Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1988.

"The Johnsons Are Home," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1988.

Empty Nest, NBC, 1988.

Love and War, CBS, 1992.

"Thanksgiving," Thanks, CBS, 1999.

"Death Takes a Policy," My Family, 2000.

"Merry Thanksgiving," Two and a Half Men, CBS, 2003.

Also directed episodes of Built to Last; Get Smart; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir; Insight; The New Dick Van Dyke Show; Rhoda; That Girl; Julia; Nanny and the Professor; Arnie; Here We Go Again; Stockard Channing in Just Friends; Thea; The Office; Ink; Pearl; The Tony Danza Show; Built to Last; Style and Substance; LateLine; The Secret Lives of Men; "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," Three Sisters, NBC; Charlie Lawrence, CBS.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Cosby Show: A Look Back, NBC, 2002.

TV Land Moguls, TV Land, 2004.

The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases, TV Land, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Writing, Rehearsing & Recordings," TV Land Confidential, TV Land, 2005.

"Top 10 TV Spinoffs," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2006.

"There's Something About Mary," My First Time, TV Land, 2006.

Film Work:

Assistant director, X-15, 1961.

Director, Seems Like Old Times (also known as Neil Simon's "Seems Like Old Times"), Columbia, 1980.

Film Appearances:

Himself, She Turned the World on with Her Smile: The Making of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Eight Characters in Search of a Sitcom (documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

Radio Work:

Director, Six Degrees of Separation, Los Angeles Theatre Works, Los Angeles, released as a taped reading, 1999.