Richard A. Colla

Richard A. Colla (born April 18, 1936)[1] (sometimes credited as Dick Colla) is an American film, television director and actor.

Richard A. Colla
Born (1936-04-18) April 18, 1936
Other namesDick Colla
OccupationDirector, actor
Spouse(s)Denise Alexander

On screen he played Tony Merritt #1 on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. His directorial credits include The Virginian, Battlestar Galactica, McCloud, Miami Vice, MacGyver, Hunter, Murder, She Wrote, Gunsmoke, Ironside, Trapper John, M.D. and other series.

He directed the feature films Olly Olly Oxen Free (1978) starring Katharine Hepburn and Fuzz (1972) starring Burt Reynolds and Zig Zag (1970) starring George Kennedy. He was originally under consideration to direct the film Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) but was replaced by the film's star Paul Newman.[2]

For much of the 1990s, he directed a number of television films his last credit being Growing Up Brady (2000).[3]


  1. U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. Sometimes a Great Notion at Turner Classic Movies
  3. Richard A. Colla filmography at

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