Jack Shea


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack Shea, who directed "The Jeffersons" and other TV hits and was a three-time president of the Directors Guild of America, has died at age 84.

He died Sunday in Los Angeles from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

During a four-decade career, Shea directed hundreds of episodes for shows such as "Silver Spoons" and "Sanford & Son," along with many Bob Hope specials.

He was president of the Directors Guild from 1997 to 2002. Current President Taylor Hackford says Shea worked to bring women and minorities into guild service.

In 1999, Shea and the DGA board renamed the guild's D.W. Griffith Award as the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award. The guild said that Griffith's classic film, "Birth of a Nation," glorified the Ku Klux Klan and fostered racial stereotypes.

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To Jack Shea,
You did a great job directing silver spoons The Jeffersons. My prayers go to your family. Lisa Weiner

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Kevin and Lynn,
My sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom and my dear friend, Arlene. Your parents were great to work with at Proviso West Booster Club. Your Mom and I enjoyed lunch two years ago at Q's and I looked forward to another visit from Az.