David Wolper, the legendary Hollywood producer who brought Roots and The Thorn Birds to the small screen, has died at 82 of congestive heart failure and complications from Parkinson’s Disease, according to the AP. Roots was watched by 130 million people back in 1977, roughly half the population of the country at the time. Wolper also produced for the big screen, including 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and, years later, 1997’s Oscar-winning police drama LA Confidential.
Posted August 11 2010 — 6:36 PM EDT
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