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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 ...
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1948:
Broke into show business as treasurer with Flamingo Films
1950:
Named vice president in charge of west coast operations for Associated Artists
1958:
Formed Wolper Productions
1959:
Made directorial debut with the documentary "The Race for Space" (also wrote)
1960:
Produced first "Making of the President" documentary; also produced documentaries in 1964 and 1968
1962:
Produced original "Biography" series
1963:
Produced "Hollywood and the Stars" (NBC)
1965:
Merged Wolper Prods. with Metromedia; joined board of directors
1966:
Signed with <i>National Geographic Magazine</i> to produce TV specials
1966:
Produced "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau"
1967:
Formed a new Wolper Productions
1968:
Produced "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"
1968:
Produced feature film "The Devil's Brigade"
1969:
Produced comedy feature "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"
1971:
Produced the insect-world documentary "The Hellstrom Chronicle"; directed by Walon Green and Ed Spiegel
1971:
Formed The Wolper Organization, Inc.
1971:
Produced the fantasy musical feature "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"
1973:
Produced music documentary "Wattstax"
1974:
Executive-produced the NBC comedy series "Chico and the Man"
1974:
Was executive producer of the ABC police drama "Get Christie Love!"
1975:
Executive-produced the ABC sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter"
1976:
Joined David L. Wolper Productions with Warner Bros.; also became consultant to Time Warner, Inc.
1977:
Executive-produced the groundbreaking and much-heralded ABC miniseries "Roots," based on Alex Haley's 1976 best seller "Roots: The Saga of an American Family"
1979:
Served as executive producer on the sequel "Roots: The Next Generations" (ABC)
1983:
Was executive producer of the hit miniseries "The Thorn Birds" (ABC)
1984:
Produced the internationally televised "Los Angeles 1984: Games of the XXIII Olympiad" ceremonies
1987:
Executive produced the ABC TV-movie biopic "The Betty Ford Story"
1991:
Was executive producer of "The Best of the Worst" (Fox)
1996:
Produced the James Ivory-directed biopic "Surviving Picasso," starring Anthony Hopkins as the legendary artist
1997:
Executive-produced highly acclaimed drama "L.A. Confidential," directed by Curtis Hanson
2001:
Executive-produced the TNT fantasy drama feature "The Mists of Avalon," starring Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, and Joan Allen
2002:
Executive-produced the television special, "Roots: Celebrating 25 Years"

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