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David L. Wolper

David L. Wolper


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Also Known As: Died: August 10, 2010
Born: January 11, 1928 Cause of Death: Heart disease, Parkinson's disease
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Producer ...


Cast (feature film)

Color Adjustment (1991) as Himself
An examination of the relationship between prime-time television and America's racial consciousness.

Producer (feature film)

Terror in the Mall (1998) as Executive Producer
Relentless torrential rains cause a dam to burst, flooding a community and trapping a group of disparate people in a new shopping center. Forced to band together to survive the rising waters, the group's solidarity is ripped apart when it is discovered that one among them is a murderer and that leth
Will of Their Own, A (1998) as Executive Producer
Miniseries examining the changing role of women in America as seen through the eyes of three generations of one family. In 1894, 19-year-old immigrant Annie Jermaine sails from Europe to become the housemaid for a wealthy American doctor. Later, Annie shatters social taboos when she marries the doct
Warner Bros: No Guts, No Glory -- 75 Years Of Award Winners (1998) as Executive Producer
Documentary special focusing on Warner Bros.' award winners and examining the risk-taking that brought them to the big screen.
L.A. Confidential (1997) as Executive Producer
Detectives clash while investigating political corruption.
Surviving Picasso (1996) as Producer
This is the story of a famous painter and of a young girl, Francoise, an aspiring painter. Their affair, which lasts 10 years, begins in 1943 during the German occupation of Paris. The painter is Picasso; he is in his 60s, and as wild and passionate as a youth. His path is littered with former mistresses and, while swearing eternal love to Francoise, he pays regular visits to the sensual, phlegmatic Marie-Therese, the brilliant Dora, also a painter, whose feelings for him have brought her to a nervous breakdown, and his Russian wife, Olga, a former dancer, whom he has driven to the point of actual madness. Francoise has to accept all these women and their offspring as part of her relationship with Picasso. Moreover, she has to accept his unpredictable moods, his outrageous sense of humor, his stinginess, his childish tyrannies, and his delight in making others submit to his whims. But when Picasso begins yet another new affair, Francoise realizes that, to save herself, she must leave him.
Prince For a Day (1995) as Executive Producer
In this contemporary version of Mark Twain's classic tale of a beggar who changes places with a prince, a working-class pizza boy swaps lives with a rock star.
Murder in the First (1995) as Executive Producer
Based on the true story of Henri Young, a petty criminal who, within hours of his release from a three-year stint in solitary confinement, murders the man he believes responsible for his horrifying ordeal. Transferred from Alcatraz to the San Francisco city jail, Young''s defense is undertaken by James Stamphill, an idealistic and privileged young lawyer who is determined to reveal the brutality of his client''s imprisonment.
Without Warning (1994) as Executive Producer
True-to-life science-fiction drama played out as a newscast covering the aftermath of three asteroid impacts in remote areas of Wyoming, France and China. Motivated by the comet Shoemaker-Levy-9's impacts on the planet Jupiter in July 1994.
Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993) as Executive Producer
Story of the fifteen years in the life of Marina Oswald, wife of Lee Harvey Oswald, since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as well as their married life together.
Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?, The (1993) as Executive Producer
Based on the true story of 47 teenagers who were trapped in the raging waters of the Guadalupe River in Texas during a 1987 flash flood.
Bed of Lies (1992) as Executive Producer
A television movie based on the true story of a woman who killed her husband, a charismatic and ambitious Texas politician. While awaiting trial, she fought to maintain custody of her children.
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (1991) as Executive Producer
A documentary looking at Warner Bros. 75 years of greatness.
Dillinger (1991) as Executive Producer
Based on the life of notorious bank robber John Dillinger who terrorized the Midwest in the 1930s.
Plot to Kill Hitler, The (1990) as Executive Producer
Dramatization based on the true events surrounding the attempt to kill Hitler made by his own officers in 1944.
Murder in Mississippi (1990) as Executive Producer
Based on the true story of the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman -- civil rights workers in Mississippi -- by a gang of police and Ku Klux Klan terrorists.
When You Remember Me (1990) as Executive Producer
Based on a true story, a young man, despite being stricken with muscular dystrophy and confined to a nursing home, fights to bring an end to the neglect and abuse that take place there.
Roots: The Gift (1988) as Executive Producer
Continuing the stories of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from the 1977 miniseries "Roots," the two slaves visit a nearby plantation with their master where the slaves are planning an escape on Christmas Eve.
What Price Victory (1988) as Executive Producer
A television movie dealing with the controversial world of college football recruiting and its effect on two star high school athletes. One of the football players is in college on a scholarship and has not interest in his classes, and the other has a fine academic record which becomes threatened b
Betty Ford Story, The (1987) as Executive Producer
A television movie based on former First Lady Betty Ford's autobiography. The film depicts her alcohol and drug addiction, her family's struggle to confront these addictions, and her ultimate triumph over substance abuse.
His Mistress (1984) as Executive Producer
A married tycoon becomes involved in an emotional triangle after beginning an affair with an ambitious female executive whom he sets up in a lavish penthouse. Robert Urich, Linda Kelsey and Julianne Phillips make up the triangle, with Cynthia Sikes as the savvy mistress of one of industrialist Urich
Agatha Christie's Murder Is Easy (1982) as Executive Producer
The first in a network TV cycle of Agatha Christie movies by producers David L. Wolper and Stan Margulies, this version of Dame Agatha's "Easy to Kill" brings together veteran actress Helen Hayes and Olivia de Havilland (although they share no scenes) -- the former playing a dotty old country lady e
This Is Elvis (1981) as Executive Producer
Staged scenes and vintage clips re-create Elvis Presley''s life.
Man Who Saw Tomorrow, The (1981) as Executive Producer
Scarlett O'Hara War, The (1980) as Executive Producer
The second of the "Moviola" segments, a light-hearted look at David O. Selznick's search for his "Gone With the Wind" leading lady, was acclaimed as the best of the three and brought Emmy Award nominations to Tony Curtis as Outstanding Actor for his Selznick, in supporting acting categories to Harol
Moviola: The Silent Lovers (1980) as Executive Producer
The ill-fated romance between Greta Garbo and John Gilbert is the centerpiece of the third "Moviola" film. Swedish actress/model Kristina Wayborn made her American debut as Garbo, but next to nothing was heard from her since, other than reemerging as one of James Bond's girls in "Octopussy." The Emm
Moviola: This Year's Blonde (1980) as Executive Producer
The first of two 1980 television movies about Marilyn Monroe, this version of her story, for which writer James Lee won an Emmy Award nomination, came from a chapter of Garson Kanin's popular behind-the-scenes-of-Hollywood book and covered the Monroe story from her days as an aspiring actress throug
Collision Course (1976) as Executive Producer
Dramatization of the historical events surrounding the clash between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.
Victory at Entebbe (1976) as Executive Producer
The first of two dramatic re-creations of the July 4, 1976 Israeli lightning raid on the airport at Entebbe, Uganda, to rescue a planeload of hostages who had been taken by Palestinian hijackers. Rushed into release, this was shown initially on videotape and later converted to film for theatrical sh
I Will Fight No More Forever (1975) as Executive Producer
A dramatization of a tragic part of U.S. history in which the leader of the Nez Perce Indians refused to take his tribe to a reservation in 1877, trying instead to lead them to safety in Canada, with the cavalry in pursuit trying to stop the escape. Emmy Award nominations went to writers Jeb Rosebro
Wattstax (1973) as Executive Producer
The climactic concert of the seventh annual Watts Summer Festival, commemorating the 1965 riots, and featuring performances by Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Richard Pryor, and many more.
500-Pound Jerk, The (1973) as Executive Producer
An ad-man's dreams of grooming a gentle hillbilly giant into an overnight weight-lifting champion, have him win a gold medal, and then endorse a breakfast cereal are shattered when his protege falls in love with a petite Russian gymnast and almost ignites an international incident.
Visions of Eight (1973) as Producer
Eight noted directors document the Olympic games that took place at Munich in 1972. Included are segments by: Arthur Penn, who recorded the pole vaulting competition; Kon Ichikawa, who filmed the 100-meter dash featuring portions in extreme slow motion; Claude Lelouch, who documented a segment deali
One is a Lonely Number (1972) as Executive Producer
A pretty divorcee tries to build a new life.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) as Presented By
A boy wins a tour of a famous, and deadly, chocolate factory.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) as Producer
A boy wins a tour of a famous, and deadly, chocolate factory.
The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) as Executive Producer
Stop-motion photography with microscopic and telescopic lenses and elements of science fiction are used to depict the struggle for survival between humans and insects.
I Love My Wife (1970) as Executive Producer
Young surgeon becomes bored with his wife and family, he has a very successful career, but even with having so much in life, he feels empty and goes through a series of brief and meaningless relations with attractive women
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) as Presented By
American tourists wreak havoc while traveling through Europe.
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) as Executive Producer
American tourists wreak havoc while traveling through Europe.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969) as Producer
During WWII, German troops fight a desperate battle to hold their position.
The Devil's Brigade (1968) as Presented By
Experienced soldiers and misfits join forces to create a World War II commando unit.
The Devil's Brigade (1968) as Producer
Experienced soldiers and misfits join forces to create a World War II commando unit.
Four Days in November (1964) as Presented By
The nation responds with shock and sorrow when President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
Four Days in November (1964) as Executive Producer
The nation responds with shock and sorrow when President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.

Production Companies (feature film)

The Really Big Family (1967) as Company

Director (special)

Race For Space, The (1959) as Director

Cast (special)

Roots -- Celebrating 25 Years: The Saga of an American Classic (2002) as Interviewee
Documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of the miniseries "Roots," Alex Haley's chronicle of his family history from his ancestors' life in tribal Africa to their emanicipation in the post-Civil War South. The program includes interviews with cast members and television viewers whose lives were
Art Buchwald: The Wit of Washington (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of columnist Art Buchwald.
Mike Wallace: TV's Grand Inquisitor (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of journalist Mike Wallace.
Jacques Cousteau (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of diver, inventor, showman and conservationist Jacques Cousteau.
28th NAACP Image Awards (1997) as Presenter
The NAACP honors individuals who have contributed positive portrayals of African-Americans in film, television, literature and music.
Television Academy Hall of Fame, The (1989)
A special featuring the installation of eight inductees into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' (ATAS) Television Hall of Fame, honoring individuals who have made lasting contributions to the television industry. The inductees in the fifth annual event are Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie
Television Academy Hall of Fame, The (1987)
A two-hour special featuring the fourth annual awards show honoring individuals who have made lasting contributions to the television industry. The inductees for 1987's tribute are Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Leonard Goldenson, Jim Henson, Eric Sevareid and Ernie Kovacs. The prog

Producer (special)

Roots -- Celebrating 25 Years: The Saga of an American Classic (2002) as Executive Producer
Documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of the miniseries "Roots," Alex Haley's chronicle of his family history from his ancestors' life in tribal Africa to their emanicipation in the post-Civil War South. The program includes interviews with cast members and television viewers whose lives were
75 Years of Laughter (1998) as Executive Producer
Documentary focusing on Warner Bros. classic comedies, including interviews and clips from many of its films.
On Trial (1994) as Executive Producer
Taken from actual court transcripts, police records and public documents, the program focuses on the 1990 trial of Wisconsin vs. Mark Allen Peterson. A small-town grocery clerk faces a 10-year prison sentence for the alleged date rape of a woman who claimed to have multiple personalities.
Celebrations (1992) as Executive Producer
A special about ordinary people who have inspired others.
Funny Women of Television: A Museum of Television & Radio Tribute (1991) as Executive Producer
Telecast of a gala benefit for the Museum of Broadcasting, focusing on great TV comediennes. Includes a tribute to Lucille Ball and a special dedication ceremony of the Museum's new headquarters in New York City.
Liberty Weekend (1986) as Executive Producer
ABC's extensive coverage of "Liberty Weekend" includes over 17 hours of scheduled telecasting, beginning on July 2, 1986, with a "Liberty Weekend Preview" and ending on July 6, with the closing ceremonies from Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Other major events in the marathon coverage include the Open
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) as Executive Producer
A compilation of movie clips that celebrate sixty years of Hollywood comedy.
Small World (1982) as Executive Producer
The program spotlights the talents, abilities, and opinions of children.
Make Mine Red, White, and Blue (1972) as Executive Producer
A red-white-'n-blue musical salute to America.
Legend of Marilyn Monroe, The (1966) as Executive Producer
The program traces the life of actress Marilyn Monroe from her childhood sorrows to her adult heartaches and death.
Race For Space, The (1959) as Producer

Misc. Crew (special)

Wizard of Oz: 40 Years on Television, The (1996) as Acknowledgment
Special celebrating the 1939 feature film, "The Wizard of Oz," which has been broadcast on television for 40 years. Features footage that was cut from the film, celebrities sharing personal memories of the film, and an unedited presentation of the film.
Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show -- II, The (1991) as Acknowledgment
A special highlighting performances from 23 years of Ed Sullivan's classic variety show as well as interviews with some of the celebrities who appeared on the series.
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz: 50 Years Of Magic (1990) as Assistance
The story of how MGM created one of the most beloved family films of all time.

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Queen (1993) as Executive Producer
Alex Haley's story of his paternal grandmother, who was born into slavery, the daughter of a slave and a white Civil War colonel of Irish descent. Caucasian in appearance, she lived as a white after the Civil War.
Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987) as Executive Producer
A three-part miniseries about the Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, and his Empress, Josephine Beauharnais, and their relationship as lovers and married couple, up to the great leader's exile to the island of Elba.
North and South: Book II (1986) as Executive Producer
The two American families introduced in the miniseries "North and South" -- the Hazards of Pennsylvania and the Mains of South Carolina -- are swept into the ferocious conflict and turbulent passions of the Civil War in this six-part, twelve-hour miniseries. The story plunges the Mains, South Caroli
North and South (1985) as Executive Producer
A twelve-hour miniseries, adapted from John Jakes' best-selling novel, that depicts the turbulent historical background of conflict between the North and the South during the years 1842 to 1861. Orry Main, a young southern West Point cadet, establishes a life-long friendship with a fellow cadet, nor
Roots: The Next Generations (1979) as Executive Producer
The unparalleled success of "Roots" in 1977 prompted this continuation of Alex Haley's saga, beginning with the events where its predecessor ended in 1882 and bringing the story to the present with James Earl Jones playing Haley and Marlon Brando as American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell, who
Roots (1977) as Executive Producer
The dramatization of Alex Haley's chronicle of his family history from his ancestors' life in tribal Africa of the eighteenth century to their emancipation in the post-Civil War South became an overnight phenomenon the subject of educational programs as well as newspaper editorials that attracted, a

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Mists of Avalon, The (2001) as Executive Producer
A feminist reimagining of the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the women who wielded power behind King Arthur's throne. Follows the women of Avalon from their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies in the battle between Christianity and Paganism that threatens to bri
To Serve and Protect (1999) as Executive Producer
Based on the true story of five generations of New York City Irish cops, this miniseries follows a family through their struggles and accomplishments with the New York Police Department.
Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, The (1996) as Executive Producer
Sequel to "The Thorn Birds" miniseries, which aired on ABC in March 1983. Production covers a 14-year period from the novel which was omitted from the first production. The story centers on the custody battle for Meggie's son, Dane. During a terrible drought on Drogheda, Luke returns to claim the bo
John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III (1994) as Executive Producer
The latest installment in the John Jakes trilogy of novels focuses on the post-Civil War era. Follows the exploits of the Hazards and the Mains through the Reconstruction era and into the Indian territories of the Western frontier.
Mystic Warrior (To Be Deleted), The (1984) as Executive Producer
This five-hour saga about a proud band of Sioux Indians, and the efforts of one brave (Robert Beltran) to save his people from destruction through the use of mysterious powers handed down by ancestors, was the end result of a controversial programming venture that was envisioned nearly five years ea

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