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David Lloyd Wolper (January 11, 1928 – August 10, 2010) was an American television and film producer, responsible for shows such as Roots, The Thorn Birds, North & South, L.A. Confidential, and the blockbuster Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He also produced numerous documentaries and documentary series including Biography (1961–63), The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (TV), Appointment with Destiny (TV series), This is Elvis, Four Days in November, Imagine: John Lennon, Visions of Eight
Visions of Eight
(1973), and others. Wolper directed the 1959 documentary The Race for Space, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His 1971 film (as executive producer) about the study of insects, The Hellstrom Chronicle, won an Academy Award.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Productions 3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Wolper was born in New York City, the son of Anna (née Fass) and Irving S. Wolper.[1] For his work on television, he had received his star on the Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame. The pre-1968 library is owned by Cube Entertainment (formerly International Creative Exchange), while the post-1970 library (along with Wolper's production company, Wolper Productions, now known as The Wolper Organization) is owned by Warner Bros. On March 13, 1974, one of his crews filming a National Geographic history of Australopithecus
Australopithecus
at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
was killed when their Sierra Pacific Airlines
Sierra Pacific Airlines
Corvair 440
Corvair 440
slammed into the White Mountains shortly after takeoff from Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Bishop, California, killing all 35 on board, including 31 Wolper crew members. The filmed segment was recovered in the wreckage and was broadcast in the television series Primal Man. The cause of the crash remains unsolved.[2] In 1988, Wolper was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.[3] Wolper died on August 10, 2010, of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease
at his Beverly Hills home.[4] Productions[edit] His company was involved in the following productions. He was a distributor of the early shows, and became an executive producer with The Race for Space in 1958.[5]

Year Show

1949 Funny Bunnies
Funny Bunnies
(36 episodes)

1953 Superman (90 episodes)

1954 Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
(75 episodes)

1954 O.S.S. (32 episodes)

1954 Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
(39 episodes)

1955 Congressional Investigator (26 episodes)

1958 Men from Boys - The First Eight Weeks

1958 The Race for Space

1959 Project: Man in Space

1960 Hollywood: The Golden Years

1961 Biography of a Rookie: The Willie Davis Story

1961 Rafer Johnson Story, TheThe Rafer Johnson Story

1962 Hollywood: The Great Stars

1962 Hollywood: The Fabulous Era

1962 D-Day June 6, 1944

1962 Biography

1962–1963 Story of...

1963 Hollywood
Hollywood
and the Stars

1963 Escape to Freedom

1963 Kreboizen and Cancer: Thirteen Years of Bitter Conflict

1963 Passing Years: Rework of Story of a Year 1927, TheThe Passing Years: Rework of Story of a Year 1927

1963 Making of the President, 1960, TheThe Making of the President, 1960

1963–1964 Specials for United Artists

1964 Legend of Marilyn Monroe, TheThe Legend of Marilyn Monroe

1964 Quest for Peace, TheThe Quest for Peace

1964 Thousand Days: A Tribute to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, AA Thousand Days: A Tribute to John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1964 Men in Crisis

1965 Four Days in November

1965 France: Conquest to Liberation

1965 Korea: The 38th Parallel

1965 Prelude to War (Beginning of World War II)

1965 Japan: A New Dawn over Asia (Japan in the 20th Century)

1965 007: The Incredible World of James Bond

1965 Let My People Go: The Story of Israel

1965 October Madness: The World Series

1965 Race for the Moon

1965 Miss Television U.S.A.

1965 Really Big Family: The Duke of Seattle & Their 18 Children, TheThe Really Big Family: The Duke of Seattle & Their 18 Children

1965 Revolution in Our Time

1965 Bold Men, TheThe Bold Men

1965 General, TheThe General

1965 Teenage Revolution, TheThe Teenage Revolution

1965 Way Out Men, TheThe Way Out Men

1965 In Search of Man

1965 Pro Football: Mayhem On A Sunday Afternoon

1965 Revolution in the 3 R's

1965 Thin Blue Line, TheThe Thin Blue Line

1965 In Search of Man

1965 Silent Partners

1965–1966 March of Time, TheThe March of Time

1965–1975 National Geographic Society
National Geographic Society
Specials

1966 Making of the President, 1964, TheThe Making of the President, 1964

1966 Wall Street Where the Money Is

1966 Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House, AA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House

1966 Destination Safety

1966 China: Roots
Roots
of Madness

1966–1968 World of Animals, TheThe World of Animals

1967 Big Land, TheThe Big Land

1967 Nation of Immigrants, AA Nation of Immigrants

1967 Untamed World

1967 Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hollywood, AA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hollywood

1967 Movin' with Nancy

1967–1968 Do Blondes Have More Fun?

1967–1968 Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, TheThe Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

1968 Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

1968 Dangerous Years, TheThe Dangerous Years

1968 California

1968 With Love, Sophia

1968 Monte Carlo: C'est La Rose

1968 Sophia: A Self Portrait

1968 Highlights of the Ice Capades 1968, TheThe Highlights of the Ice Capades 1968

1968 On the Trail of Stanley and Livingstone

1968 Hollywood: The Selznick Years

1968 Devil's Brigade, TheThe Devil's Brigade

1968 Making of the President, 1968, TheThe Making of the President, 1968

1969 Bridge at Remagen, TheThe Bridge at Remagen

1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

1969 Los Angeles: Where It's At

1970 Unfinished Journey of Robert F. Kennedy, TheThe Unfinished Journey of Robert F. Kennedy

1970 I Love My Wife

1970–1972 Plimpton Specials, TheThe Plimpton Specials

1971 Say Goodbye

1971 They've Killed President Lincoln

1971 Hellstrom Chronicle, TheThe Hellstrom Chronicle

1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

1971–1973 Appointment With Destiny

1972 King, Queen, Knave

1972 One Is a Lonely Number

1972 Here Comes Tomorrow: The Fear Fighters

1972 Republican Party Films

1972 Make Mine Red, White and Blue

1972 Top of The Month (3 half-hour specials)

1972 Of Thee I Sing

1972–1973 The Explorers

1973 500 Pound Jerk, TheThe 500 Pound Jerk

1973 Wattstax

1973 Visions of Eight

1973–1974 Primal Man Specials

1973–1975 American Heritage Specials, TheThe American Heritage Specials

1974 This Week In The NBA (Series of 20 half-hours)

1974 NBA Game of the Week Featurettes

1974 Get Christie Love!

1974 Judgment Specials

1974 Morning After, TheThe Morning After

1974 Unwed Father

1974 Men of the Dragon

1974 First Woman President, TheThe First Woman President

1974 Love from A to Z

1974 Birds Do It, Bees Do It

1974 Animal Within, TheThe Animal Within

1974 Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

1974–1975 Get Christie Love!

1974–1975 Smithsonian Specials

1974–1975 Sandburg's Lincoln

1974–1976 Chico and the Man

1975 Death Stalk

1975 I Will Fight No More Forever

1975–1976 Welcome Back, Kotter

1976 Brenda Starr

1976 Collision Course

1976 Celebration: The American Spirit

1976 Unexplained, TheThe Unexplained

1976 Victory At Entebbe

1976 Mysteries of the Great Pyramids

1977 Roots

1978 Roots: One Year Later

1978 Roots: The Next Generations

1980 Man Who Saw Tomorrow, TheThe Man Who Saw Tomorrow

1980 Moviola

1980 Thorn Birds, TheThe Thorn Birds

1981 This Is Elvis

1981 Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter

1981 Small World

1981 Murder Is Easy

1982 Mystic Warrior, TheThe Mystic Warrior

1982 Casablanca

1984 XXIIIrd Olympiad, Los Angeles 1984

1984 His Mistress

1985 North and South

1986 North and South: Book II

1986 Liberty Weekend

1987 Betty Ford Story, TheThe Betty Ford Story

1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story

1988 What Price Victory

1988 Imagine: John Lennon

1988 Roots: The Gift

1989 Plot to Kill Hitler, TheThe Plot to Kill Hitler

1989 Murder in Mississippi

1990 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990

1990 Dillinger

1990 When You Remember Me

1991 Best of the Worst

1991 Bed of Lies

1992 Celebrations

1992 Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald

1993 Celebration of a Life: Steven J. Ross Chairman of Time Warner

1993 The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?

1994 Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III

1994 On Trial

1994 Golf - The Greatest Game

1994 Heroes of the Game

1994 Without Warning

1994 Murder in the First

1995 Prince for a Day

1996 Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, TheThe Thorn Birds: The Missing Years

1996 Surviving Picasso

1997 L.A. Confidential

1998 Terror at the Mall

1998 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
75th Anniversary Show

1998 Will of Their Own, AA Will of Their Own

1998 Confirmation

1998 Legends, Icons and Superstars

1999 To Serve and Protect

1999 Celebrate the Century

References[edit]

^ " David L. Wolper Biography (1928-)". www.filmreference.com.  ^ "'Primal Man' Crash". Check-six.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18.  ^ " Television Hall of Fame Honorees: Complete List".  ^ "David Wolper, producer of 'Roots,' has died". Associated Press. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-11.  ^ "Filmography". David L. Wolper. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 

External links[edit]

Official website David L. Wolper on IMDb David L. Wolper interview video at the Archive of American Television

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Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Y. Frank Freeman (1956) Samuel Goldwyn (1957) Bob Hope (1959) Sol Lesser (1960) George Seaton (1961) Steve Broidy (1962) Edmond L. DePatie (1965) George Bagnall (1966) Gregory Peck (1967) Martha Raye (1968) George Jessel (1969) Frank Sinatra (1970) Rosalind Russell (1972) Lew Wasserman (1973) Arthur B. Krim (1974) Jules C. Stein (1975) Charlton Heston (1977) Leo Jaffe (1978) Robert Benjamin (1979) Danny Kaye (1981) Walter Mirisch (1982) M. J. Frankovich (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1985) Howard W. Koch (1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
/ Elizabeth Taylor (1992) Paul Newman (1993) Quincy Jones (1994) Arthur Hiller (2001) Roger Mayer (2005) Sherry Lansing (2007) Jerry Lewis (2009) Oprah Winfrey (2011) Jeffrey Katzenberg (2012) Angelina Jolie (2013) Harry Belafonte (2014) Debbie Reynolds (2015)

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International Emmy Founders Award

Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1980) Shaun Sutton / Roone Arledge (1981) Michael Landon
Michael Landon
(1982) Herbert Brodkin (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1985) Donald L. Taffner (1986) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1987) Goar Mestre (1988) Paul Fox (1989) Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
(1990) Adrian Cowell (1991) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1992) Richard Dunn (1993) Film on Four (1994) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(1995) Reg Grundy
Reg Grundy
(1996) Jac Venza
Jac Venza
(1997) Robert Halmi Sr. (1998) Hisashi Hieda
Hisashi Hieda
(1999) John Hendricks (2000) Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure
(2001) Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2002) HBO
HBO
(2003) MTV International
MTV International
(2004) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2005) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2006) Al Gore
Al Gore
(2007) Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
(2008) David Frost
David Frost
(2009) Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
(2010) Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
(2011) Ryan Murphy / Norman Lear
Norman Lear
/ Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(2012) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2013) Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
(2014) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2015) Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes
(2016)

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 1988

Jack Benny George Burns
George Burns
and Gracie Allen Chet Huntley
Chet Huntley
and David Brinkley Red Skelton David Susskind David L. Wolper

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