Olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan dies

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New York - Bud Greenspan, most famous for his moving Olympic documentaries, died Saturday at the age of 84 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

The writer, producer and director won an Emmy Award in 1976 for his 22 hour- long documentary specials on the Olympics.

"For more than six decades, Bud Greenspan has connected the Olympic movement to everyday people in ways the founders of the Games couldn't have imagined," said Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. "While the entire Olympic movement mourns the loss of a giant today, his stories will continue to live on, carrying his passion for the Olympic movement for years and years to come."

The New York University alumnus received the Olympic Order award in 1985 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America in 1995.


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