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TV director, DGA president Jack Shea dies at 84

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Director Steven Spielberg, right, with Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea appear Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles, where Spielberg announced the five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2000. The winner will be announced at the 53rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on March, 10, 2001. The nominees are Cameron Crowe for Almost Famous; Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Ridley Scott for Gladiator; and Steven Soderbergh for Erin Brockovich, and Traffic. (AP Photos/Damian Dovarganes)

Director Steven Spielberg, right, with Director's Guild of America President Jack Shea appear Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles, where Spielberg announced the five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2000. The winner will be announced at the 53rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on March, 10, 2001. The nominees are Cameron Crowe for "Almost Famous;" Ang Lee for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon;" Ridley Scott for "Gladiator;" and Steven Soderbergh for "Erin Brockovich," and "Traffic." (AP Photos/Damian Dovarganes)

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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