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‘The Mack’ Director Michael Campus Dies at 80

21 May 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Campus, director of seminal African-American dramas “The Mack” and “The Education of Sonny Carson,” died May 15 at his Encino home of natural causes. He was 80.

Campus, a Manhattan native, graduated from U. of Wisconsin and served as a U.S. Army lieutenant in Berlin after WWII. He broke into the business as a writer-producer on “Pm East/Pm West” late-night talk show hosted by Mike Wallace and Joyce Davidson, then joined ABC Television’s special projects division to work on documentaries such as “Saga of Western Man,” “Meet Comrade Student” and “India the Troubled Giant.”

Campus later became director of special programs at CBS, where he supervised over 150 specials including “Horowitz at Carnegie Hall,” Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight” and Peter Hall’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He worked for David Suskind’s Talent Associates and produced “Ages of Man,” starring John Gielgud.

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