The Desert Sun
October 11, 2018
Palm Springs - Jerry "Richard Jerome" Thorpe, 92, a 28-year resident of Palm Springs, California passed away on September 25, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.
He was born on August 29, 1926 to Richard and Belva Thorpe in Los Angeles, California. Jerry married his wife Diane on December 17, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, and they have a son Trevor Thorpe of Santa Barbara, California. Jerry is also survived by his daughters and son Tiana, Trish, and Tracy, and grandchildren Angelo and Tyler Thorpe.
Jerry was an Emmy Award-winning Television Director and Producer, with a career spanning more than four decades. He shares a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars with his father Richard, a Director of MGM Motion Pictures. He was Executive Producer and directed many episodes of "Kung Fu" with David Carradine (1972-1975). In 1973, he was awarded the "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama" Emmy for the episode "An Eye for an Eye."
A partial list of credits includes: Director of eight episodes of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" (1958), Executive Producer of "The Untouchables" (1960-1961), Producer/Director of MGM theatrical feature "Day of the Evil Gun" with Glenn Ford (1968), Executive Producer/Director of "Harry O" with David Janssen (1973-1976), Co-Executive Producer/Director of "Our House" (1986-1988), and Executive Producer of 22 episodes of "Falcon Crest" with Jane Wyman (1989-1990).
A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30 am at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California.
THORPE, Jerry (Richrd Jerome Thorpe)
Born: 8/29/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/25/2018, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
Jerry Thorpe’s westerns – producer, director, assistant director:
Westward the Women – 1951 [assistant director]
The Wild North – 1952 [assistant director]
Ride, Vaquero! – 1953 [assistant director]
The Texan (TV) 1958 [director]
Guestward Ho! (TV) – 1968 [producer, director]
Day of the Evil Gun – 1968 [producer, director]
Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV) – 1971 [director]
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973-1975 [producer, director]