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Bud Greenspan Biography

From Radio To Film, Documenting Terror And Triumph, An Olympian Effort, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments


American documentarian

As official filmmaker of the Olympic games, Bud Greenspan has produced International Olympic Committee (IOC)-sanctioned records of several meets—the 1984 games in Los Angeles, the 1988 games in Calgary, the 1992 Barcelona games, the 1996 games in Atlanta, the 1998 games in Nagano, the 2000 Sydney games, and the 2002 Salt Lake City games. At the same time, he has created many other independent documentaries on the games and their athletes, leading Frederick Klein in a 1988 Wall Street Journal article to say that Greenspan "has become to the Olympics a combination of what Degas was to ballet dancers and 'The Cosby Show' is to American family life."

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