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Also Known As: Bruce W Paltrow Died: October 2, 2002
Born: November 26, 1943 Cause of Death: complications due to pneumonia and a recurrence of throat cancer
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter

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As a writer, producer, show creator and feature director, Bruce Paltrow had been associated in one form or another with some of television's more substantive series during the 1970s and 1980s. Despite his long and varied career, however, Paltrow was best known for being the father of Oscar-winning actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the husband of acclaimed actress, Blythe Danner. After receiving his start as a writer for the small screen, Paltrow broke through as the writer-producer of the notable television movie, "Shirts/Skins" (ABC, 1973). Later in the decade, he was the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama, "The White Shadow" (CBS, 1978-1981), before serving as an executive producer on the Emmy-winning medical drama "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). During that time, he made his first feature, "A Little Sex" (1981), but would not make another for almost two decades. Meanwhile, he hit the proverbial wall with a number of failed series like "Tattinger's" (NBC, 1988) and "Home Fires" (NBC, 1992), before working for the first time with his daughter on the indie feature, "Duets" (2000). Though cancer would claim him at a relatively young age, Paltrow nonetheless made his mark on...

As a writer, producer, show creator and feature director, Bruce Paltrow had been associated in one form or another with some of television's more substantive series during the 1970s and 1980s. Despite his long and varied career, however, Paltrow was best known for being the father of Oscar-winning actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the husband of acclaimed actress, Blythe Danner. After receiving his start as a writer for the small screen, Paltrow broke through as the writer-producer of the notable television movie, "Shirts/Skins" (ABC, 1973). Later in the decade, he was the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama, "The White Shadow" (CBS, 1978-1981), before serving as an executive producer on the Emmy-winning medical drama "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). During that time, he made his first feature, "A Little Sex" (1981), but would not make another for almost two decades. Meanwhile, he hit the proverbial wall with a number of failed series like "Tattinger's" (NBC, 1988) and "Home Fires" (NBC, 1992), before working for the first time with his daughter on the indie feature, "Duets" (2000). Though cancer would claim him at a relatively young age, Paltrow nonetheless made his mark on the television world.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Duets (2000) Director
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  Little Sex, A (1982) Director
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  Operating Room (1979) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) Interviewee
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 Perfect Pitch, The (2002) Interviewee
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1969:
Produced Off-Broadway play, "Someone's Coming Hungry"
1973:
Produced and wrote first TV-movie, "Shirts/Skins" (ABC)
1978:
Executive produced the popular CBS drama series "The White Shadow"; also directed episodes
1980:
Co-executive produced, wrote and directed TV-movie "Operating Room"
1982:
Feature debut as producer and director, "A Little Sex"
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Executive produced the award-winning NBC medical series "St. Elsewhere"; also directed episodes
1988:
Created, wrote and directed episodes and served as executive producer of the NBC drama series "Tattinger's"
1989:
Revamped "Tattinger's" as an NBC sitcom "Nick & Hillary"
1992:
Executive produced the sitcom "Home Fires" (NBC); also directed pilot
1993:
Directed episodes of NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Streets"
1994:
Executive produced and helmed premiere episode of the CBS series "The Road Home"
1997:
Announced as director of the feature "Duets", set to star his daughter Gwyneth and her then-fiance Brad Pitt; project put in turnaround by studio
2000:
Directed "Duets" (filmed in 1998-1999), starring daughter Gwyneth, Maria Bello, Forest Whitaker and Paul Giametti
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Education

Tulane University: New Orleans , Louisiana -

Notes

Paltrow underwent treatment for throat cancer while completing work on "Duets".

"The things that interest me, I write about I don't like to repeat myself or repeat what other people do. I think about things a long time before I do them, but I only do things I think affect me and would be an interesting story to tell."-Paltrow his final interview

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wife:
Blythe Danner. Actor. Born on February 3, 1943; married on December 14, 1969; worked with husband on short-lived NBC series "Tattinger's" and "Nick & Hilary".

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father:
Arnold Paltrow.
mother:
Dorothy Paltrow.
daughter:
Gwyneth Paltrow. Actor. Born on September 27, 1972; won Oscar for lead role in "Shakespeare in Love"; collaborated with father on "Duets" (2000).
son:
Jake Paltrow. Director. Born on September 26, 1975.
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