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Dick Darley

  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Date of passing: 
April 21, 2016

Dick Darley was a director and producer best known for his work helming the 1950s science-fiction action series Space Patrol. The series began as a live, 15-minute local show in Los Angeles, but Darley helped it grow into a nationally broadcast ABC series. It became the first regular live West Coast morning network program beamed to the East Coast.

Darley also served as the director of the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club, in 1955. Additionally, he contributed — either as a director or producer — to the series The Plymouth Playhouse, The Spike Jones Show, The Rosemary Clooney Show, The Lux Show, The Millionaire, Lassie, Space Angel, The Littlest Hobo, It’s About Time and The Lost Saucer.

During World War II, Darley served as a Navy fighter pilot. After the war, he attended USC, where he majored in radio production and writing. He was later hired by Don Lee-Mutual Broadcasting’s experimental TV station. He worked for KFMB in San Diego before joining KECA.

In the early 1960s, he created the science-fiction animated series Space Angel, which superimposed live-action moving lips over the mouths of animated characters. The show ran for three seasons and nearly 50 episodes.

Dick Darley was a director and producer best known for his work helming the 1950s science-fiction action series Space Patrol. The series began as a live, 15-minute local show in Los Angeles, but Darley helped it grow into a nationally broadcast ABC series. It became the first regular live West Coast morning network program beamed to the East Coast.

Darley also served as the director of the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club, in 1955. Additionally, he contributed — either as a director or producer — to the series The Plymouth Playhouse, The Spike Jones Show, The Rosemary Clooney Show, The Lux Show, The Millionaire, Lassie, Space Angel, The Littlest Hobo, It’s About Time and The Lost Saucer.

During World War II, Darley served as a Navy fighter pilot. After the war, he attended USC, where he majored in radio production and writing. He was later hired by Don Lee-Mutual Broadcasting’s experimental TV station. He worked for KFMB in San Diego before joining KECA.

In the early 1960s, he created the science-fiction animated series Space Angel, which superimposed live-action moving lips over the mouths of animated characters. The show ran for three seasons and nearly 50 episodes.

He also directed commercials for companies including Chevrolet, Hallmark and Toys "R" Us.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife Marilyn, and his son Chris — a director for the game shows Hollywood Squares, Scrabble and Supermarket Sweep.

Darley died April 21, 2016, in Sedona, Arizona. He was 92.

 

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