Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies

David Rodriguez, a director and producer for series such as TNT’s Animal Kingdom, Showtime’s The Chi and Starz’s Power, has died. He was 50.

Rodriguez died on Oct. 29 from complications from a stroke.

He is known for his work as a director, producer, and writer in a myriad of film and television shows. He served as the co-executive producer/director on TNT’s Animal Kingdom for John Wells Productions (2018-2019) and directed multiples episodes of the Starz series Hightown for Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

David was a co-executive producer for 10 episodes of The Chi in 2018, in addition to directing three episodes. He also directed episodes for Scandal, Chicago Med, What/If, Power, Chicago P.D. and S.W.A.T. His most recent ventures included producing 26 episodes of Animal Kingdom between 2018 and 2019, as well as directing an episode of Stumptown in 2019 and two episodes of Hightown in 2020.

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On the film side, Rodriguez also wrote, produced, and directed the Chris Evans-starrer Push (2006), American Bully (2009) and Once Upon a Time in Queens (2013), starring Paul Sorvino.

Rodriguez is survived by his wife Renee Props Rodriguez and sons Mitchell, Colin, Brendan, and Anthony Rodriguez. He is also survived by his mother Milagros Rodriguez, and sisters Janet Campbell and Jackie Rodriguez Parker.

Donations in Rodriguez’s memory can be made here. A celebration of his life is set to be held in Los Angeles with a date to be announced at a later time.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter