Revered Tv director and one-time Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea has died following a battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

The 84 year old, who was the man behind many of Bob Hope's Christmas specials series, episodes of The Jeffersons and Silver Spoons, passed away on Sunday (28Apr13).

Shea served three terms as Dga president from 1997 to 2002, and he was honoured with the organisation's prestigious Robert Aldrich Award in 1992.

As well as directing Hope's beloved festive Tv variety shows, he also toured U.S. Army bases around the world to film Hope onstage, entertaining the troops.

He also directed 110 episodes of The Jeffersons, according to The Hollywood Reporter, 91 episodes of Silver Spoons, 22 of The Ropers, 15 of Sanford and Son and 14 of Designing Women.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award twice.