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Michael Ritchie (November 28, 1938 - April 16, 2001) was an American film director. Born in Wisconsin, he and his family later moved to Berkeley, California. From there, Ritchie attended [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Harvard]], where he became involved in theater and interested in movies. He worked on TV shows before making his directorial debut with the 1969 movie ''Film/DownhillRacer''. He was known for making sports-related movies and comedies. His last movie as director was ''Film/ASimpleWish''.

Ritchie also wrote the book ''Please Stand By'', a non-fiction book about the history of television from the 1920's to the 1940's.

!!Works by Michael Ritchie with their own page on TV Tropes:
* ''Film/DownhillRacer'' (1969)
* ''Film/PrimeCut'' (1972)
* ''Film/TheCandidate'' (1972)
* ''Film/Smile1975''
* ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' (1976)
* ''Film/TheIsland1980''
* ''Film/StudentBodies'' (1981) (uncredited)
* ''Film/{{Fletch}}'' (also its sequel, ''Fletch Lives'' (1989))
* ''Film/Wildcats1986''
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild'' (1986)
* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'' (1992)
* ''Film/CoolRunnings'' (1993) (story only)
* ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' (made in 1995, released in 2000)
* ''Film/ASimpleWish'' (1997)

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