Olympic Filmmaker Bud Greenspan, 84, Dies

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Bud Greenspan, the Olympic documentarian, died on Christmas night, He was 84.
Greenspan passed from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to his companion, Nancy Beffa, who was at his side, according to published reports.

Greenspan was famous for his directing, writing and producing films about the Winter and Summer Olympics and his work was often screened on premium network Showtime. His work celebrated the athletes, their triumphs and failures.
Greenspan started in the film business with the 1966 TV documentary Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin. He also created the telefilm Wilma about track star and women's and civil rights activist Wilma Rudolph, which marked the first appearance of Denzel Washington.
But he was best known for his work with the Games, the last completed project of which was Bud Greenspan Presents: Beijing 2008-America's Olympic Glory, which was bowed on Showtime in October 2009.

Beffa said his most recent work dealt with the rough cuts from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

All told, Greenspan and his Cappy Productions produced a dozen Olympic documentaries.