Former 3-Term Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea Dies in Los Angeles at Age 84
Jerry Lewis Show," "Death Valley Days" and "The Bob Hope Show." He directed ten of Hope's overseas Christmas specials, flying with Hope to locations in Viet Nam, Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Turkey, Greece, Spain and Italy, receiving his first Emmy Award nomination along the way.
After leaving NBC, Shea directed numerous episodes of shows such as "Hawaii 5-0," "The Waltons," "Paper Moon," "Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,” "Apple's Way" and "Kate McShane." He directed 110 episodes of "The Jeffersons," produced and directed many episodes of "Sanford and Son" and "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" and was series director of "Silver Spoons," "Sister, Sister” and "The Ropers." Shea also directed multiple episodes of "Sunday Dinner," "Growing Pains," "704 Hauser Street," "The Royal Family" and "Designing Women," (for which Shea received a second Emmy nomination), and “Goode Behavior", among many other television series. Shea also directed the motion picture features "Dayton's Devils" and "The Monitors."
Shea also wrote or provided the story for three episodes of “The Jeffersons” and two episodes of “Silver Spoons.” Shea also served as producer for 24 episodes of "The Jeffersons," the TV movie “Slither” and for the “Insight” episode “Invincible Weapon.”
Shea also had an enduring professional relationship with Fr. Elwood “Bud” Keiser and Hollywood’s Paulist Productions, directing and/or producing episodes of the “Insight” television series. Shea was also a frequent collaborator with Hollywood’s Family Theater, directing multiple Christmas episodes and receiving the Family Theatre Award. Shea and his wife Patt Shea were honored by the Focolare Movement with their Luminosa in Unity Award for “bringing together producers, directors, writers and actors to convey positive values through their work.”
On January 2, 1954, Shea married the former Patricia C. Carmody, who as Patt Shea, is a 3-time Humanitas Award-nominated screen writer whose credits include "All in the Family," story editor and/or writer for 38 episodes of "Archie Bunker's Place," in addition to screenwriter for episodes of "Lou Grant," “Valerie,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “In The Heat of The Night,” “Bagdad Café,” and the CBS pilot for “Gloria,” Sally Struthers’ spin-off from “All In The Family,” among many other television series. The couple, who resided in Studio City, CA for over 30 years, had five children, three of whom are currently DGA members* and 1st Assistant Directors*: Shawn Shea*; Elizabeth Shea (now deceased); Bill Shea*; Michael J. Shea* and John Francis (“Jay”) Shea III.
Shea is predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth; survivors include Shea’s wife of 59 years, Patricia C. “Patt” Shea, four children: Shawn; Bill, Michael and John Francis III; and six grandchildren: Amanda, Michael, Dylan, Hudson Patrick, Katie and Jackson:
Charitable contributions: In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Jack Shea to Regis High School, 55 E. 84th Street, NYC, NY 10028; 212.288.1100.
A Catholic Mass of The Resurrection for family, friends and professional acquaintances will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church,11360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Burial will be private. Condolence messages can be left for the Shea Family at http://jackshea.remembered.com/.
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