Allan Rich, who appeared in films such as Serpico and Disclosure, has died. The character actor died at the age of 94.
His family revealed that Rich died on Saturday. He passed at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ due to progressive dementia.
Marian Rich, Allan’s daughter, confirmed the news of her father’s passing to Fox News. “I am grateful to my father for giving me the love of the theatre, playfulness, a big heart and a commitment to social justice,” she said in a statement.
Over the course of his Hollywood career, Rich racked up more than 200 acting credits. Some of the most notable titles include Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997), Disclosure (1994), Eating Raoul, and Robert Redford’s Quiz Show (1994).
Allan Rich was married to his wife, Elaine Rich, for 62 years. She passed in August 2015 at the age of 81. Elaine worked as a personal manger. She represented Hollywood stars such as Fran Drescher and Jennifer Jason Leigh among others.
Drescher released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Rich’s death. “He lived large and was quite heroic to many including me when faced with the depths of despair,” Drescher said. “He had a great intellect and excelled in everything he set his mind to.
In conclusion, Drescher says, “He was always on the side of good and right.”
Allan Rich Finds Success in Hollywood After Being Blacklisted
Rich managed to find success in Hollywood despite many branding him as a communist in 1953. He said the label came as a result of attempting to free a Black man in Mississippi wrongly convicted of rape. At the time, Rich was fired from NBC anthology series Philco Playhouse.
During an interview in 2007, Rich spoke out about the situation. “My agent never sent me out [on another audition],” he said, according to THR. “I would walk into an office, making the rounds. And I’d walk out going phhffffft. It took a year till an actor said to me, ‘Hey, we’re on Red Channels.’ If your name was on that list, goooooood-byyyyye! You never worked.”
Survivors include Rich’s children, Marian and David, daughter-in-law Wendy, son-in-law Ed, and his grandchildren, Julia and Ruby.
[H/T Fox News]