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Subject: David Greene, 82, Emmy-Winning Director


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Date Posted: April 13, 2003 1:41:54 EDT

David Greene, who won four Emmys for directing television miniseries, including "Rich Man, Poor Man," and the first episode of "Roots," died here on Monday. He was 82.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, his family said.

Mr. Greene, who also earned Emmys for the television movies "The People Next Door" and "Friendly Fire," was also nominated for directing the 1984 miniseries "Fatal Vision."

Among his other television credits were "The Betty Ford Story" in 1987, the Liberace segment of "Behind the Music" in 1998 and "Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story" in 1992.

Mr. Greene was born in Manchester, England, and began his career as an actor, working in British film and onstage with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh at the Old Vic. In 1951 he toured the United States and Canada in "Antony and Cleopatra." He remained in Canada for five years, working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

After working as a freelance director in Canada, the United States and Britain, he settled in Los Angeles in 1970.

Among his motion picture credits are the 1973 "Godspell," which he wrote and directed, earning a Writers Guild nomination for the screenplay. He also directed "Sebastian" in 1968 and "Gray Lady Down" in 1978.

Mr. Greene is survived by his wife, Kelly, and four children from a previous marriage: Lindy Treasurer, Nic Greene, Laurence Donahue-Greene and Linsel Greene.

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