Documentary producer Robert Snyder dies

March 22, 2004 at 3:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Robert Snyder, whose documentary on Michelangelo won an Oscar in 1950, has died in Pacific Palisades, Calif., at the age of 88.

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.

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