Charles Guggenheim was an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. Guggenheim’s career spanned half a century. He made over one hundred documentaries, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and won four times. Guggenheim also received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Saturday at the Zoo and three Emmys. He is considered by many to be one of the central figures in the founding and evolution of the American documentary. He was described by film critic Hollis Albert as “probably the most accomplished maker of documentary films in the country.”
He died on October 9, 2002 after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Guggenheim was 78 years old.