Marshall Flaum | Producer, 85

Posted: October 10, 2010

Marshall Flaum, 85, an award-winning producer, director, and writer who specialized in documentaries, died Oct. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications after hip surgery, his family said.

Mr. Flaum won five Emmy Awards, had several more nominations, and was twice nominated for an Academy Award, for the documentaries The Yanks Are Coming (1963) and Let My People Go: The Story of Israel (1965). Mr. Flaum wrote, directed, and produced both documentaries.

Mr. Flaum, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., served in the Army during World War II, then studied acting at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1948.

After college, he appeared on Broadway with Basil Rathbone in Julius Caesar and Olivia de Havilland in Romeo and Juliet while studying with acting teacher Lee Strasberg.

His work with Jacques Cousteau resulted in two Emmys. Mr. Flaum also won an Emmy as executive producer of Jane Goodall and the World of Animal Behavior: The Wild Dogs of Africa. - Los Angeles Times

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