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Daniel Anker

  • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
  • Birthday: March 14
Date of passing: 
April 21, 2014

Obituary

Obituary: 

Daniel Anker was a filmmaker who received accolades and awards — including a Primetime Emmy — for his powerful documentaries on subjects such as the Scottsboro Boys and Hollywood’s treatment of the Holocaust.

Born in Washington, D.C., Anker graduated from Harvard, where he studied musicology and psychology.

His early career included television projects for PBS, including "A Carnegie Hall Christmas" for Great Performances and the series Marsalis on Music. He received Emmy nominations for both.

Daniel Anker was a filmmaker who received accolades and awards — including a Primetime Emmy — for his powerful documentaries on subjects such as the Scottsboro Boys and Hollywood’s treatment of the Holocaust.

Born in Washington, D.C., Anker graduated from Harvard, where he studied musicology and psychology.

His early career included television projects for PBS, including "A Carnegie Hall Christmas" for Great Performances and the series Marsalis on Music. He received Emmy nominations for both.

For his 2000 film Scottsboro: An American Tragedy — a shattering account of the 1931 incident in which nine African American men in Scottsboro, Alabama, were wrongly convicted of raping two white women — he won an Emmy and was nominated for an Oscar.

His other credits included Daley: The Last Boss, Music from the Inside Out, Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust and Icebound.

Anker died April 21, 2014, in New York City. He was 50.

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