Snyder passed away Sunday at his home following a long illness, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
During a 40-year career, Snyder produced or directed many highly-regarded documentaries on subjects ranging from writer Henry Miller, diarist Anais Nin, historians Will and Ariel Durant, cellist Pablo Casals, and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller, who was also Snyder's father-in-law.
Snyder received an Academy Award for his 1950 feature "The Titan: The Story of Michelangelo." In 1988, Snyder produced another work on the artist, "Michelangelo: Self Portrait," which appeared on PBS.
A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, he is survived by his wife, Allegra Fuller Snyder, professor emeritus and former chairwoman of the dance department at University of California at Los Angeles; a son, Jamie Snyder; a daughter, Alexandra May; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two sisters.
Arrangements for services were incomplete.