David L. Wolper

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 (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.

David L. Wolper
David L. Wolper
David Lloyd Wolper

January 11, 1928
DiedAugust 10, 2010 (aged 82)
Occupationtelevision and film Producer
Spouse(s)Toni Carroll (1953–1955; divorced)
Margaret Dawn Richard (1958–1969; divorced; 3 children)
Gloria Diane Hill (1974–2010; his death)

Life and career

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 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 at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area was killed when their Sierra Pacific Airlines 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 at his Beverly Hills home.[4]


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 (36 episodes)
1953 Superman (90 episodes)
1954 Baseball Hall of Fame (75 episodes)
1954 O.S.S. (32 episodes)
1954 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 The 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 and the Stars
1963 Escape to Freedom
1963 Kreboizen and Cancer: Thirteen Years of Bitter Conflict
1963 The Passing Years: Rework of Story of a Year 1927
1963 The Making of the President, 1960
1963–1964 Specials for United Artists
1964 The Legend of Marilyn Monroe
1964 The Quest for Peace
1964 A 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 The Really Big Family: The Duke of Seattle & Their 18 Children
1965 Revolution in Our Time
1965 The Bold Men
1965 The General
1965 The Teenage Revolution
1965 The Way Out Men
1965 In Search of Man
1965 Pro Football: Mayhem On A Sunday Afternoon
1965 Revolution in the 3 R's
1965 The Thin Blue Line
1965 In Search of Man
1965 Silent Partners
1965–1966 The March of Time
1965–1975 National Geographic Society Specials
1966 The Making of the President, 1964
1966 Wall Street Where the Money Is
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House
1966 Destination Safety
1966 China: Roots of Madness
1966–1968 The World of Animals
1967 The Big Land
1967 A Nation of Immigrants
1967 Untamed World
1967 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hollywood
1967 Movin' with Nancy
1967–1968 Do Blondes Have More Fun?
1967–1968 The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
1968 Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
1968 The Dangerous Years
1968 California
1968 With Love, Sophia
1968 Monte Carlo: C'est La Rose
1968 Sophia: A Self Portrait
1968 The Highlights of the Ice Capades 1968
1968 On the Trail of Stanley and Livingstone
1968 Hollywood: The Selznick Years
1968 The Devil's Brigade
1968 The Making of the President, 1968
1969 The Bridge at Remagen
1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
1969 Los Angeles: Where It's At
1970 The Unfinished Journey of Robert F. Kennedy
1970 I Love My Wife
1970–1972 The Plimpton Specials
1971 Say Goodbye
1971 They've Killed President Lincoln
1971 The 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 The 500 Pound Jerk
1973 Wattstax
1973 Visions of Eight
1973–1974 Primal Man Specials
1973–1975 The 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 The Morning After
1974 Unwed Father
1974 Men of the Dragon
1974 The First Woman President
1974 Love from A to Z
1974 Birds Do It, Bees Do It
1974 The 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 The Unexplained
1976 Victory At Entebbe
1976 Mysteries of the Great Pyramids
1977 Roots
1978 Roots: One Year Later
1978 Roots: The Next Generations
1980 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
1980 Moviola
1981 This Is Elvis
1981 Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter
1981 Small World
1981 Murder Is Easy
1982 The Mystic Warrior
1982 Casablanca
1983 The Thorn Birds
1984 XXIIIrd Olympiad, Los Angeles 1984
1984 His Mistress
1985 North and South
1986 North and South: Book II
1986 Liberty Weekend
1987 The Betty Ford Story
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story
1988 What Price Victory
1988 Imagine: John Lennon
1988 Roots: The Gift
1989 The Plot to Kill Hitler
1989 Murder in Mississippi
1990 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 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years
1996 Surviving Picasso
1997 L.A. Confidential
1998 Terror at the Mall
1998 Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary Show
1998 A Will of Their Own
1998 Confirmation
1998 Legends, Icons and Superstars
1999 To Serve and Protect
1999 Celebrate the Century

See also


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

External links

12th International Emmy Awards

The 12th Annual International Emmy Awards took place on November 19, 1984, in New York City, United States, and hosted by Regis Philbin.

Birds Do It, Bees Do It

Birds Do It, Bees Do It is a 1974 American documentary film covering sexuality in the animal kingdom. It was directed by Nicolas Noxon (a regular crewmember for National Geographic's early television specials) and Irwin Rosten, and co-produced by David L. Wolper.Thanks to its copulation scenes, the film was marketed with the tagline "So real it will never be shown on TV". The same scenes initially earned it an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America; after a brief discussion between Wolper and then-MPAA chairman Richard Heffner, a few changes were made to ensure the eventual PG rating.Birds Do It, Bees Do It received a nomination for Best Documentary at the Golden Globes. Gerald Fried's music earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. The film was screened at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, but did not enter the main competition.

Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade

The following is a list of Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade.

Ten time GRAMMY awards winner Chaka Khan was chosen by Tournament of Roses Association president Gerald Freeny as the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise was chosen as the 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal by its president Lance Tibbet on October 30, 2017. Sinise is known for playing the role of Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump.

The Disney family is the only family to have more than one member serve as Grand Marshal: Walt Disney was the 1966 Grand Marshal, then his nephew Roy E. Disney held the post in 2000. Additionally, Mickey Mouse was the grand marshal for the 2005 parade. A number of years have featured multiple grand marshals, with the most in one parade being 1952, when seven Medal of Honor recipients were the grand marshals. Dr. Francis F. Rowland has been the grand marshal more than any other person - a total of seven times, in 1890, 1892, 1894, 1904, 1905, 1910 (this year sharing this duty with Prof. Charles F. Holder), and 1916. Former child actress Shirley Temple Black holds the runner-up position, having been grand marshal three times in 1939, 1989 and 1999, the latter year where she shared this honor with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, baseball player Jackie Robinson (who was also the first ever posthumous grand marshal) and film producer David L. Wolper.

On May 9, 2014, Louis Zamperini was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade, though he would die of pneumonia two months later, and six months before the parade was set to begin. Rather than select a new Grand Marshal, the Tournament announced that it was "committed to honoring him as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade," making him the first posthumous grand marshal since Jackie Robinson in 1999.On November 3, 2016, the 2017 Grand Marshals were revealed to be three Olympic athletes: Greg Louganis, Janet Evans and Allyson Felix. The Olympians were deliberately chosen to reflect on Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. This was the first year with multiple Grand Marshals since 2003, when Bill Cosby, Art Linkletter and Fred Rogers all shared this duty.

Hollywood and the Stars

Hollywood and the Stars was a 1963 NBC television documentary series produced by the David L. Wolper Production Company in association with United Artists Television. It was narrated by Joseph Cotten with the theme music and several episodes composed by Elmer Bernstein. Jack Haley, Jr. was the series' producer for all its 31 episodes. He also wrote four episodes and directed 22 episodes. He also produced the hour-long pilot episode "The Great Stars" (narrated by Henry Fonda), originally syndicated in February 1963.

Each 30-minute show concentrated on a Hollywood genre, film or legendary star. This series ran from September 30, 1963 until May 18, 1964.

Medal of Liberty

The Medal of Liberty was awarded in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan to twelve outstanding individuals chosen as representative of the most distinguished naturalized citizens of the United States of America. David L. Wolper, producer of ABC's television's 1986 Independence Day Weekend media event, came up with the idea to have the President present awards to a select group of naturalized citizens as an essential part of the ceremonial festivities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

The awarding of this medal took place only once by design, as it was linked to a centennial celebration event. No other Medals of Liberty have been awarded since Liberty Weekend in 1986, although it is always possible more may be awarded when Lady Liberty turns 200.

The Medal of Liberty is a circular, bronze medallion, seven inches in diameter, hand finished and patinated by Alex Shagin. On the obverse of the medal is the bust of Frédéric Bartholdi, facing slightly to the right and holding in his right hand his small bronze sculpture of Liberty Enlightening the World, his template for the construction of the Statue of Liberty National Monument at the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor. Bartholdi's name appears vertically, his middle name, Auguste, to the left of his bust and his surname to the right.

Medal recipients were announced by Ted Koppel of ABC News.

Mel Stuart

Mel Stuart (born Stuart Solomon; September 2, 1928 – August 9, 2012) was an American film director and producer who often worked with producer David L. Wolper, whose production firm he worked for 17 years, before going freelance.

Producers Guild of America Award for Best Long-Form Television

The Producers Guild of America Award for Best Long-Form Television, also known as the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television or David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television, is an annual award given by the Producers Guild of America since 1994.

Snow Wonder

Snow Wonder is a TV movie that aired November 20, 2005 on CBS. Adapted from a Connie Willis short story, the film starred Michelle Krusiec, Camryn Manheim, Mary Tyler Moore, Jason Priestley, Josh Randall, and Eric Szmanda, and was produced by David L. Wolper and The Wolper Organization.

Surviving Picasso

Surviving Picasso is a 1996 Merchant Ivory film directed by James Ivory and starring Anthony Hopkins as the famous painter Pablo Picasso. It was produced by Ismail Merchant and David L. Wolper. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay was loosely based on the biography Picasso: Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington.

The Hellstrom Chronicle

The Hellstrom Chronicle is an American film released in 1971 which combines elements of documentary, science fiction, horror and apocalyptic prophecy to present a gripping satirical depiction of the struggle for survival between humans and insects. It was conceived and produced by David L. Wolper, directed by Walon Green and written by David Seltzer, who earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for his screenplay.

Green later called it "almost yellow-journally but good. We were giving the audience an elbow to the ribs every third line."Several cinematographers photographed this film using stop-motion photography with microscopic and telescopic lenses. The trailer resembled an announcement for a science fiction movie. The film provided the inspiration for Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Hellstrom's Hive.

This movie was the first use of the iconic sounding waterphone in a film.

The Incredible World of James Bond

The Incredible World of James Bond was a 1965 television special produced by David L. Wolper for United Artists Television to showcase the James Bond film series and promote the upcoming December 1965 release of the film Thunderball.

In the United States, the show replaced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. on NBC on Friday, 26 November 1965; the day after American Thanksgiving that unofficially begins the shopping frenzy for Christmas. It was the highest rated American television show for the week.

The Making of the President, 1960

The Making of the President, 1960, written by journalist Theodore White and published by Atheneum Publishers in 1961, is a book that recounts and analyzes the 1960 election in which John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. The book won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and was the first in a series of books by White about American presidential elections. (The others are The Making of the President, 1964 (1965), The Making of the President, 1968 (1969), and

The Making of the President, 1972 (1973).)

The book traces the 1960 campaign from the primaries (in which John F. Kennedy faced Hubert Humphrey and Senator Stuart Symington) to the conclusion of the general election contest against Richard Nixon. Much of the narrative is written in an almost novelistic style, describing politicians' looks, voices and personalities. But it also contains thought-provoking discussions of various trends in American life and politics.

The Making of the President, 1960 was a huge success, staying on the best-seller list for more than 40 weeks. Critics and journalists hailed it as a new way of looking at its subject. It had a huge impact on political reporting and even on American politics itself. As White noted, it was an up-close look at a leader under the pressure of circumstances. Its literary-journalistic book brought a dramatic point of view on the world of politics and its strategies, victories and defeats. One chapter was devoted to detailing the reasons behind Americans' ways of voting and ways of life.White's book, and its successor volumes, inspired a trend toward campaign books and toward a more personality-driven approach to political reporting. White in later years would bemoan the changes he had helped create.David L. Wolper produced a film version of The Making of the President, 1960 which was finished shortly before President Kennedy's November 1963 assassination. It was released without revision.

The Race for Space (film)

The Race for Space is a 1959 American documentary film directed by David L. Wolper. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film was a coproduction between Wolper Productions, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Culture.

The Thorn Birds (miniseries)

The Thorn Birds is an American television miniseries broadcast on ABC from March 27 to 30, 1983. It starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley, Bryan Brown, Mare Winningham and Philip Anglim. It was directed by Daryl Duke and based on a novel of the same name by Colleen McCullough. The series was enormously successful and became the United States' second highest-rated miniseries of all time behind Roots; both series were produced by television veteran David L. Wolper.

Visions of Eight

Visions of Eight is a 1973 American documentary film offering a stylized look at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Produced by Stan Margulies and executive produced by David L. Wolper, it was directed by eight different directors. It was screened out-of-competition at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. It was later shown as part of the Cannes Classics section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Some visuals of the Munich stadium from the documentary were used in Without Limits.

William Kronick

William Kronick is an American film and television writer, director and producer. He worked in the film industry from 1960 to 2000, when he segued into writing novels.

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