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Also Known As: Donald Winfred Ohlmeyer Jr. Died:
Born: February 3, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: executive, director, producer

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Don Ohlmeyer was born in New Orleans in 1945. After graduating from Notre Dame University, Ohlmeyer began working at ABC in 1967, starting as a production assistant and working his way up to director and producer on all kinds of sporting events, from the Indianapolis 500 to the Winter and Summer Olympics. He was in the control room during the hostage crisis at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich that ended in the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes. A protégé of legendary Roone Alredge, Ohlmeyer was put in charge of juggernaut "Monday Night Football" (ABC, 1970-2005; ESPN, 2006-) in 1973 and helped urge on the shows popularity. He moved to NBC Sports in 1977, shepherding the Super Bowl, the World Series, and Wimbledon. After his disappointment at the US Boycott of the 1980 Olympics, Ohlmeyer left NBC Sports and formed his own company, the Ohlmeyer Communications Company. While there, Ohlmeyer notably focused on golf, and, along with Nabisco, purchased a 20% stake in fledgling ESPN. In 1993, Ohlmeyer was lured back to NBC, this time to revive entire network. Although his actual influence is questionable, he was there to oversee the rise of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), as...

Don Ohlmeyer was born in New Orleans in 1945. After graduating from Notre Dame University, Ohlmeyer began working at ABC in 1967, starting as a production assistant and working his way up to director and producer on all kinds of sporting events, from the Indianapolis 500 to the Winter and Summer Olympics. He was in the control room during the hostage crisis at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich that ended in the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes. A protégé of legendary Roone Alredge, Ohlmeyer was put in charge of juggernaut "Monday Night Football" (ABC, 1970-2005; ESPN, 2006-) in 1973 and helped urge on the shows popularity. He moved to NBC Sports in 1977, shepherding the Super Bowl, the World Series, and Wimbledon. After his disappointment at the US Boycott of the 1980 Olympics, Ohlmeyer left NBC Sports and formed his own company, the Ohlmeyer Communications Company. While there, Ohlmeyer notably focused on golf, and, along with Nabisco, purchased a 20% stake in fledgling ESPN. In 1993, Ohlmeyer was lured back to NBC, this time to revive entire network. Although his actual influence is questionable, he was there to oversee the rise of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), as well as re-establish the medical procedural with "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Ohlmeyer retired from NBC in 1998, but was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to again oversee "Monday Night Football." This time, however, the show was struggling, and Ohlmeyer's attempts to add Dennis Miller and Dan Fouts as announcers failed to stop the show's slide. Over his career, Ohlmeyer has won 16 Emmys (including the Lifetime Achievement Award), the Peabody Award, and the Humanitas Award, among others. He died in September 2017.

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  74th Indianapolis "500," The (1990) Segment Director (Race Coverage)
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  73rd Indianapolis "500", The (1989) Segment Director (Race Coverage)

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 Jim McKay: My World in My Words (2003) Interviewee
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 Frank Gifford (2002) Interviewee
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1980:
Executive produced series "Games People Play" (NBC)
1982:
Formed Ohlmeyer Communications as a joint venture with Nabisco Brands (later RJR Nabisco)
1983:
Executive produced telefeature "Special Bulletin" (NBC)
1987:
Produced Emmy Awards telecast
1988:
Executive produced "Crimes of the Century" specials (ABC)
1998:
Announced in October that he would be stepping down from his position as president, NBC West Coast in 1999
1999:
Succeeded as president, NBC West Coast by Scott M Sassa in June; remained with NBC as senior consultant until January 2000
2000:
Returned to ABC as producer of "Monday Night Football"
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Education

Bradley University: Peoria , Illinois -
University of Notre Dame: South Bend , Indiana - 1967

Notes

Ohlmeyer entered the Betty Ford Treatment Center in December 1996.

In all, Ohlmeyer has won 14 Emmy Awards for sports programming.

"Clearly, television is a business, but it also exposes ideas to the public. ABC did 'Something About Amelia', which was about parental child abuse. Suddenly, you came to understand that somebody who abuses children doesn't have to be a grungy guy in a raincoat. It can be somebody who looks like Ted Danson." --Don Ohlmeyer in ESQUIRE, February 1997

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wife:
Muffy Ohlmeyer. Married on February 11, 1978; separated.

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father:
Donald Winfred Ohlmeyer.
mother:
Eva Claire Ohlmeyer.
son:
Kemper Perry Ohlmeyer.
son:
Justin Drew Ohlmeyer.
son:
Christopher Brett Ohlmeyer.
son:
Todd Bivens Ohlmeyer.
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