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Richard Bak

Richard Bak was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. The son of an autoworker, Bak worked on the assembly line at Chrysler and Ford before becoming a writer. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where he studied history and was editor of the school's literary magazine. As a journalist and an author, his published works generally ... See full bio »
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 2006 Stranded at the Corner (Documentary)
 1999 Michigan & Trumbull (Documentary)
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 2014 Who Stole the Ruby Slippers? (Documentary short) (co-producer) (post-production)
 2006 Stranded at the Corner (Documentary) (producer)
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 1994 Cobb
Baseball Fan (uncredited)
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 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Documentary) (production assistant)
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 2008 Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (TV Movie documentary) (special thanks)
 1995 Cobb: A Detroit Legend (TV Movie documentary) (special thanks)
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 1999-2000 ESPN SportsCentury (TV Series documentary)
Himself (biographer)
- Joe Louis (2000) ... Himself (biographer)
- Ty Cobb (1999) ... Himself (biographer)
 1999 ABC News Nightline (TV Series)
Himself (journalist & historian)
- Last Game at Detroit's Tiger Stadium (1999) ... Himself (journalist & historian)
 1999 Michigan & Trumbull (Documentary)
Himself (historian)
 1996 Detroit Remember When II: The American Dream and the Automobile (TV Movie documentary)
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 1995 Cobb: A Detroit Legend (TV Movie documentary)
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(1991-present) Author of 25+ nonfiction books, including "Soldier of Misfortune" (2015), "The Big Jump" (2011), "Detroitland" (2011), "Boneyards" (2010), "Peach" (2005), "A Distant Thunder" (2004), "Henry and Edsel" (2003), and "Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope" (1996). See more »

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Actor Jeff Daniels, a Michigan native and Civil War buff who played the role of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals," wrote the foreword to Bak's award-winning book, "A Distant Thunder: Michigan in the Civil War". See more »

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