David Wolper dies

10 August 2010

Producer David Wolper died in Los Angeles on August 10 at the age of 82. A major force in the television industry, Wolper was key to the introduction of “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” to American audiences in 1966. According to longtime friend Art Buchwald, Wolper and Captain Cousteau, who had previously co-produced a documentary for National Geographic, developed the idea for the television specials during a visit at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, where Cousteau was director. “For the first time,” says Wolper, “television was not simply an outside observer of an important event—television was an integral part of the event.” The power of film to transmit true tales from the ocean world began a new era for the medium.