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The other Guggenheims

By Laurie Bennett

October 1, 2010 at 6:06am

Davis Guggenheim and his father, Charles, have launched a new family dynasty.

They’re not the Guggenheims of mining and museum fame, but the Guggenheims of filmmaking.

Davis Guggenheim directed and co-wrote the recently released “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary about America’s failing public school system.

Davis Guggenheim
Davis Guggenheim

In 2006, he directed “An Inconvenient Truth,” featuring Al Gore warning about the imminent dangers of global warming.

With his focus on social issues, Davis is following the path of his father, who produced documentaries on Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and the Johnstown flood.

Charles Guggenheim, who died in 2002, was also a media adviser to Kennedy, George McGovern, Adlai Stevenson and other candidates. He quit political work in the 1980s, saying that the process had become “sick.”

Davis Guggenheim directed a campaign infomercial for Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.

However, not all his work is in the political-social sphere. He has directed episodes for several TV series, including “Melrose Place” and “Deadwood.”

He’s married to actress Elizabeth Shue, who is the sister of actor Andrew Shue, who is married to Amy Robach, national correspondent for NBC’s Today show.

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