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Stan Margulies, producer of 'Roots,' dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Margulies, who produced two of the most watched miniseries in television history, "Roots" and "The Thorn Birds," died Tuesday of cancer. He was 80.

The producer earned three Emmy awards during his career. The first was in 1977 for "Roots," and the second for "Roots: The Next Generations" in 1979. The series chronicled the family of the late author Alex B. Haley from slavery to present times.

Margulies' third Emmy was for 1991's "Separate but Equal," which starred Sidney Poitier in a documentary drama about the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice.

The American Film Institute honored him in 1996 with its annual Producer of the Year Award.