Dick Darley, ‘Space Angel’ Creator, Dies at 92

Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92.

Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as a 15-minute local show and then expanded to a nationally syndicated half-hour series.

As soon as “Space Patrol” ended, Darley signed on to direct the first season of “The Mickey Mouse Club.” His other credits include “The Spike Jones Show,” “The Rosemary Clooney Show,” “The Lux Show,” “The Millionaire,” “Lassie,” “The Littlest Hobo,” “Paradise Bay,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monster,” and “The Lost Saucer.”

After graduating high school in 1941, Darley joined the Navy and became a fighter pilot. He later attended the University of Southern California and received a degree in radio production and writing. He then worked at Don Lee’s Mutual Broadcasting’s experimental television station, and KFMB in San Diego, before landing a job at ABC-TV in Hollywood.

Darley is survived by his wife, his brother, his two children, and three grandchildren.

More TV

  • France fans with painted facesFrance v

    France Celebrates Soccer World Cup Triumph

    Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92. Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as […]

  • France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris catches the

    France vs Croatia World Cup Live Stream: How to Watch

    Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92. Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as […]

  • Who Is America Review

    TV Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?'

    Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92. Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as […]

  • Ricky Martin Versace American Crime Story

    Ricky Martin Signs With Maverick Management

    Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92. Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as […]

  • Harry Kane of England celebrates scoring

    Belgium vs England World Cup Live Stream: How to Watch

    Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92. Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as […]

  • The Crown Season 2

    Storming the Emmys: Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Edge Out Networks

    Southern California native and veteran TV director Dick Darley died on April 21. He was 92. Darley was best known for creating the animated sci-fi series “Space Angel,” which ran from 1962 until 1964. Before that — from 1950 until its end in 1955 — he directed the live-action sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” which started out as […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content