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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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 2015 Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style (Documentary) (producer)
 2015 Who Stole the Ruby Slippers? (Documentary short) (co-producer)
 2006 Stranded at the Corner (Documentary) (producer)
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 2006 Stranded at the Corner (Documentary)
 1999 Michigan & Trumbull (Documentary)
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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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 2014 Stella Walsh (Documentary short) (thanks)
 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)
- Out at Home (1999) ... Himself (journalist & historian)
 1999 Michigan & Trumbull (Documentary)
Himself (historian)
 1996 Detroit Remember When II: The American Dream and the Automobile (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (historian)
 1995 Cobb: A Detroit Legend (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (biographer)

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(1991-present) Author of 25+ nonfiction books, including "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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While serving in the Marine Corps, Bak appeared as a contestant on a 1974 episode of "Truth or Consequences," but in that pre-VCR era he never got the chance to watch himself bantering with host Bob Barker on national TV. On the day the show was taped he was in transit at Camp Pendleton; by the time the episode aired he was overseas. See more »

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