Director Richard (Dick) Fleischer died this morning, peacefully at the Motion Picture and Television hospital. He was 89.
Fleischer and his wife Mickey had moved into the MPTV Country House five months ago. He died of heart failure, son Mark reports.
Coincidentally Dick Fleischer’s father, Max, founder of the Fleischer Studios, also died at the MPTV hospital — and at the age of 89.
No services are planned at this time but the family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the MPTV Fund.
Fleischer had requested that his ashes be strewn at sea and his wishes will be observed. One of his many great films was “20000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Others include “The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing,” “The Vikings,” “Compulsion,” “Barabbas,” “Fantastic Voyage,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “The Boston Strangler,” “Tora, Tora, Tora,” “10 Rillington Place,” “Soylent Green,” “Mr. Majestyk,” “Conan The Destroyer” and “Red Sonja.” He received DGA nominations for “Compulsion” and “The Vikings.”
The soft-spoken Fleischer was one of the best-loved filmmakers in the business. It was an honor to have been invited to visit his many film sets around the world, and to be a guest at their warm, memorabilia-filled home in Brentwood. He will be missed by the global film community.
Fleischer is survived by wife of 62 years, Mickey; children Bruce, Mark and Jane, and five grandchildren.