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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Bud Greenspan dies; Olympic historian made thrilling documentaries

By T. Rees Shapiro


Update: the full obituary for Bud Greenspan can be found here.

Bud Greenspan, who made Emmy award winning documentaries that captured the essence of athletic competition and sports culture, including the epic 22-part series, "The Olympiad," died Dec. 25 in New York.

He was 84 and had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Greenspan wrote, produced, and directed scores of documentaries on subjects as varied as Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, the Munich Olympics tragedy, and the Triple Crown winning thoroughbred Whirlaway.

He received a number of Emmy awards including one for lifetime achievement in 2006.

A full obituary on Mr. Greenspan is on the way.

In the meantime, if you have a favorite film made by Mr. Greenspan, please feel free to talk about it below.

By T. Rees Shapiro  | December 26, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Bud Greenspan, Olympics  
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You may not have ever noticed - but you watched a ton of documentaries by this gentleman and they were all excellent.

Posted by: TheDubb | December 26, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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