Rich Correll from Los Angeles, CA


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I direct television shows, mostly sitcoms, and I've been in that field since 1977. Prior to that, I worked on several documentary films about Hollywood and even prior to that, I spent 6 years as an actor, appearing in many well-known television shows, including a recurring role on Leave it to Beaver.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn and a Coke. Just the smell of popcorn and sitting down to watch with that bag in my hand make the movies more enjoyable.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

TCM Original Productions. I love watching and hearing about the behind the scenes stories. Every time I watch I learn something new.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I really like all types of movies and all genres... but I have been collecting science fiction, fantasy and horror film memorabilia for over 50 years, so those movies... especially the Universal Horror movies... have a special place in my heart.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

I could write a book here there are so many but I will say Michael Curtiz because even from his early days at Warner Bros., throughout the rest of his career, his films had great pace, great movement, and a lot of imagination. He knew how to use the art of film making to tell a story better than anyone.


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

I was lucky enough to have on-going friendships with Harold Lloyd, Stan Laurel, Groucho Marx, Hal Roach and Walt Disney. However, I never got to meet Errol Flynn, of whom I was a huge fan. I'd thank him for portraying some of my favorite cinematic characters and doing such a great job with them.


What do you collect?

As previously mentioned, I collect screen-used science fiction, fantasy and horror memorabilia. The collection is currently considered the largest of its kind in the world. I also have a large collection of Amos 'n' Andy memorabilia and transcriptions. My father was Charles Correll, "Andy".


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

King Kong, 1933. I was fortunate to be involved in the DVD and Blu-ray restoration of this film, and I'm featured in the "special features" section of the DVD. I loved that movie ever since I was a kid.


Thank you Rich!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a set of three TCM Fliptomania flipbooks, including King Kong!  And next time we're in LA, could we invite ourselves over to see your collection?

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