Marshall Flaum, an award-winning producer, director and writer who specialized in
, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in
of complications after hip surgery, his family said. He was 85.
Flaum won five
, had several more nominations and was twice nominated for an Academy Award, for the documentaries
(1963) and "Let My People Go: the Story of Israel" (1965). Flaum wrote, directed and produced both documentaries.
"His flair for
and entertainment made those documentaries stand out," said his daughter, Erica, a film editor. "His view of history was very cultural and not very dry.... It was very important to him to have some kind of historical story. You always had the feeling of the times."
Flaum was born Sept. 13, 1925, in Brooklyn. After serving in the Army during
, he studied acting at the
, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1948.
After graduating, he appeared on Broadway with
in "Julius Caesar" and
in "Romeo and Juliet" while studying with famed acting teacher
In 1957 Flaum joined
and worked as a writer, story editor and associate producer on
He twice won Emmys for writing segments of the program.
Flaum moved to
in 1962 to work for
where his other credits included "The Battle of Britain" and "Hollywood: The Selznick Years."
His work with
resulted in two Emmys as executive producer of "The Unsinkable Sea Otter" and "A Sound of Dolphins," episodes of
Flaum also won an Emmy as executive producer of "
and the World of Animal Behavior: The Wild Dogs of Africa."
In addition to his daughter, Flaum is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gita; son Seth, also a film editor; two grandchildren; and his sister June Flaum Singer. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at