Iconic Filmmaker, Sports Figure, and Veteran Who Produced 500+ Films Dies at 93

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January 25, 2018Jan 25, 2018

On Wednesday night, a beloved face in the entertainment industry passed away. Warren A. Miller, the iconic adventure filmmaker, passed away at the age of 93 while surrounded by his family. 

Miller's life included a mile-long list of accomplishments and accolades. According to Business Wire, the filmmaker had a worldwide, multi-generational audience, particularly for his work in the ski industry. His annual ski films were featured at the start of every ski season for over 60 years, shown in hundreds of cities across the U.S.

Over the span of his career, Miller produced over 500 films, mostly revolving around outdoor pursuits including skiing, surfing, sailing, etc. Additionally, he wrote over 1,200 columns as an artist, cartoonist, and author. He also wrote 11 books.

Something that Miller once said perfectly encompasses his life:

He said, "If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do."

Not only was Miller a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, he had many other accomplishments as well. He was a World War II veteran, a ski instructor and racer, a notable surfer, and an award-winning sailor. 

In the 80s and 90s, Miller decided to give back and focus on philanthropic pursuits. He started a training program for thousands of young people across the states where he taught hard work and creativity. 

Upon his death, Miller's wife of 30 years said, "This is a sad day which we draw some comfort from the fact that Warren's legacy of adventure, freedom, and humor carries on in the countless lives he touched. Warren loved nothing more than sharing his life's adventures and hearing literally every day from friends old and new about how his stories inspired others to enrich and enjoy their own lives. All of us are better for knowing and loving Warren."

The CEO of Active Interest Media, Andy Clurman, said, "Warren Miller was a globally loved ambassador for skiing and adventure sports, pioneering an entire genre of filmmaking. We join generations of Warren's fans in both mourning his loss and celebrating a life well lived."

Miller is survived by his wife, Laurie, his sons, Scott and Kurt, his daughter, Chris, and his stepson, Colin. Please be praying for his family during this time. A loss at any age, even in a peaceful way, is difficult to deal with. In other breaking news, Oprah just broke the silence about her 2020 presidential run.

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