Native Las Vegan and Emmy Award winner Gordie Saiger passes away at 66


thanks to Max Saiger

Las Vegas native Gordie Saiger, a long time Hollywood video camera operator, is shown in this picture offered by his child, Max Saiger.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015|2 a.m.

Emmy Award-winning cameraman Gordon “Gordie” Saiger, child of Las Vegas pc gaming pioneer Morton Saiger, died Monday night at a Henderson healthcare facility. He was 66.

Saiger, a native Las Vegan who lived in Henderson, died of liver failure after a prolonged fight with leukemia considering that 2008.

Saiger’s family, including his only kid, Max Saiger, was at his bedside when he died at St. Rose Dominican’s Siena School.

Max remembered him “as the best dad anyone could ever desire.”

“It was his strength and wisdom that made me into the guy I am today,” the 23-year-old Henderson homeowner said.

Saiger had deep Las Vegas roots and came from a household with a Hollywood background. He finished from Las Vegas High School in 1967 and studied briefly at UNLV.

Saiger likewise served as a tank crewman in the Nevada National Guard for a couple of years, his boy said.

He developed as a professional photographer and cameraman while working for Las Vegas news companies in the 1970s. His career grew– he covered boxing, motor sports, the Olympics, local shows and other significant events.

Over the years, Saiger remained to become a special skill in his field. His work at tv networks such as NBC, PBS and CBS made him elections for 5 Emmy Awards; he won 2 for his camerawork in HBO’s “Britney Spears Live from Las Vegas” production and the CBS miniseries “The Magic of David Copperfield XV: Fires of Passi.”

Saiger followed his father, Morton, into the show business, as the senior appeared in Hollywood silent films, including an additional part in “The Crown that Lies” with fellow immigrant Polla Negri, and as a stunt double for Rudolph Valentino.

Morton Saiger, who passed away in 1997, was dubbed “Mr. Frontier” throughout his 50-year stint with the Frontier resort.

Funeral plans, under the direction of Palm Eastern Mortuary, are pending.

Saiger is survived by his mom, Reba Saiger, his boy Max, his sibling Debi Saiger, and his nephews Matthew and Andrew Skurow.

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