Marvin J. Chomsky, the director of famous series such as Roots, Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O, has died at the age of 92.

He passed away in Santa Monica on Monday evening.

His son, producer Peter Chomsky, told the Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Born in New York in 1929, Chomsky began his film career in the 1950s as an art director and set designer.

In the decade that followed he switched to directing and staged series that are still well known today, such as "Smoking Guns", "Spaceship Enterprise", which ran in America under the title "Star Trek" from 1966 to 1969, "Cobra, take them over ", "Mannix".

Evel Knievel followed in 1971, followed by the 1977 miniseries Roots, based on the novel by Alex Hailey, an epic about the history of slavery and racism in the United States.

Considered the "Television Oscar", Chomsky was nominated nine times for the Emmy, winning four times for directing "Holocaust" (1978), "Attica" (1980), "Inside The Third Reich" (1982) and " Peter the Great” (1986).

Chomsky's final directorial work came in 1995 with Catherine the Great, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Marvin J. Chomsky was a cousin of American linguist Noam Chomsky.

He is survived by his wife Genelle, three sons and one granddaughter.

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