Richard Harrison was born on May 30th, 1937. Rich Harrison began his career at Hal Dennis Productions in 1955, delivering editorial equipment. I still don’t know how he lugged all of those Moviolas in and out of editing houses! Soon after leaving Hal Dennis, he freelanced, renting cutting rooms here and there, and working for a variety of producers. In the mid-’60s, he landed at Murakami-Wolf Films as an animation and sound editor, while keeping his other clients. He worked on many memorable animated works, including Marlo Thomas’s Free to Be You and Me, Peter Yarrow’s Puff the Magic Dragon and Fred Wolf’s Oscar-winning animated short, The Box, and The Point. In 1977, The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child hit movie theaters. It was at my dad’s studio that I remember watching those reels and being captivated by the clickety-click of his Moviola. Forever the freelancer, my father divided his time handily between animation and live action, including ABC’s Movies of the Week, television’s Cagney & Lacey and a cornucopia of Saturday morning cartoons. His time off was often spent deep-sea fishing off Mexico’s coast. Rich received many Emmy nominations. He won two: for The Murder of Mary Phagan and Disney’s Duck Tales. After retiring in 1996, he and his wife moved outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Richard passed away on March 25th, 2010 at the age of 72.

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