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Michael Sporn dies at 67; Oscar- and Emmy-nominated animator
Michael Sporn dies at 67; Oscar- and Emmy-nominated animator

Animation director Michael Sporn, best known for his adaptations of children's stories that were shown on HBO, PBS and other networks, had a childhood that was interrupted. When he was a toddler his father abandoned the family, and although his mother eventually remarried, it left a hole in Sporn's life. "His stepfather wanted to adopt him when he was about 12," said Sporn's wife, actress Heidi Stallings. "Michael told his stepfather he loved him, but he said, 'If my father ever tries to find me, I have to make sure my name is still Sporn.' "I think that's why a lot of his films were about family." Sporn, 67, died Sunday at a hospice care facility in New York. He had been battling...

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