Award-winning producer David Wolper dies at 82
David Wolper, the executive producer of the hit 1970s television mini-series Roots, has died at age 82, his publicist said Wednesday, dpa reported.
Wolper died Tuesday of congestive heart disease and complications related to Parkinson's disease, his publicist Dale Olson told the Los Angeles Times.
Roots, based on the bestselling book by Alex Haley that traced his family's African heritage through seven generations, became a nationwide cultural phenomenon when it first aired in 1977. It went on to win nine Emmys.
Wolper was involved in the production of more than 700 films that won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys and seven Golden Globes, the LA Times reported. He was also credited for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
He produced films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and LA Confidential. His popular mini-series included North and South, and The Thorn Birds.