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Vincenzo Labella, Producer of 'Marco Polo' and 'Jesus of Nazareth', Dies at 93

Updated On 05 Aug, 2018 Published On

Vincenzo Labella, an Emmy-winning producer of the epic miniseries 'Jesus of Nazareth', 'Marco Polo' and 'Moses the Lawgiver', has died at the age of 93.

The death of the late writer and producer's death was confirmed by his daughter Jennifer De Maio, who announced that his dad died peacefully on July 28 at his home in Los Angeles.

Born in 1925 in Vatican City, where his father had been working as the dean of the Pontifical Halls, Vincenzo started began his career as a journalist, historian and documentarian.

His 1977 NBC miniseries Jesus of Nazareth starring Robert PowellChristopher Plummer, Laurence Olivier and Anne Bancroft which was directed by Franco Zeffirelli, was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding special drama in 1978.

Two of his most successful films were Marco Polo (wrote and produced in1982) and A.D. (produced in 1985), each 10 hours long for NBC.

Labella won his Emmy for outstanding miniseries for producing Marco Polo, and he co-wrote the eight episodes with director Giuliano Montaldo and David Butler.

Vincenzo's final project was The Wonders of the Vatican Library, which is a 2004 series of documentaries.

In addition to his daughter Jennifer, Vincenzo is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters Monica and Kerstin; and grandchildren Monica, MartinBenjamin, Julian, Simone, Michele, Jacob, Giulia and Matteo.