Stan Margulies, who produced two of the most watched miniseries in television history, Roots and The Thorn Birds died February 27th of cancer. He was 80.
He earned three Emmy awards; in 1977 for Roots, and in 1979 for Roots: The Next Generations. The series chronicled the family of the late author Alex B. Haley from slavery to present times.
His third Emmy was in 1979 for Separate but Equal, which starred Sidney Poitier in a documentary
drama about the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice.
The American Film Institute honored him in 1996 with its annual Producer of the Year Award.
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