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Also Known As: Gilbert Cates Sr., Gilbert Katz, Gil Cates, Gilbert Lewis Katz Died: October 31, 2011
Born: June 6, 1934 Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, page at NBC

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As a prolific director and producer, Gilbert Cates largely became known to the public at large for producing 14 Academy Awards telecasts in an 18-year span, as well as for directing such feature films as "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970), "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973) and "Oh, God! Book II" (1980), and numerous TV movies and specials. But it was his long reign as a director and producer of the yearly Academy Awards program that cemented his legacy; a gig Cates began in 1990 and carried through for most broadcasts over the next two-plus decades. Cates began the stint at a time when the awards show's popularity was waning and was noted for shaking up the status quo by infusing new blood with hosts Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman. Of course, some of his decisions - particularly Letterman and Goldberg - were widely criticized, but he nonetheless helped return the Oscars to prominence, and in the process, became the show's most successful producer and that behind-the-scenes rarity - a household name.

As a prolific director and producer, Gilbert Cates largely became known to the public at large for producing 14 Academy Awards telecasts in an 18-year span, as well as for directing such feature films as "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970), "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973) and "Oh, God! Book II" (1980), and numerous TV movies and specials. But it was his long reign as a director and producer of the yearly Academy Awards program that cemented his legacy; a gig Cates began in 1990 and carried through for most broadcasts over the next two-plus decades. Cates began the stint at a time when the awards show's popularity was waning and was noted for shaking up the status quo by infusing new blood with hosts Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman. Of course, some of his decisions - particularly Letterman and Goldberg - were widely criticized, but he nonetheless helped return the Oscars to prominence, and in the process, became the show's most successful producer and that behind-the-scenes rarity - a household name.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Absolute Strangers (1991) Director
3.
  Call Me Anna (1990) Director
4.
5.
  My First Love (1988) Director
6.
  Fatal Judgment (1988) Director
7.
  Backfire (1987) Director
8.
  Child's Cry (1986) Director
9.
  Consenting Adult (1985) Director
10.
  Burning Rage (1984) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spent (2000) Mr Walsh
2.
 50 Years of Action! (1986) Himself
3.
 Intimate Portrait: Pam Dawber (2002) Interviewee
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1952:
Served as one of the producers of the game show "I've Got a Secret" (CBS, Syndicated)
1955:
Was instructor of speech and drama at Syracuse University
1957:
Worked as stage manager for Broadway production of "Shinbone Alley"
1961:
Made television directing and producing debut with the game show "Camouflage" (ABC)
1962:
Made first short film, "The Painting"
1964:
Co-produced with brother Joseph the Broadway production of "Spoon River Anthology"; also produced in London
1966:
Directed first feature, the documentary "Rings Around the World"; also produced
1970:
Made feature directorial debut with "I Never Sang for My Father," starring Gene Hackman and Melvyn Douglas
1972:
Produced and directed TV-movie "To All My Friends on Shore" (CBS)
1973:
Directed the film "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams," which garnered Academy Award nominations for stars Joanne Woodward and Sylvia Sidney
1977:
Executive produced several episodes of "Hallmark Hall of Fame" series
1980:
Directed George Burns in the comedy feature "Oh, God! Book II"; also produced
1985:
Directed the ABC TV-movie "Consenting Adult"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special
1989:
Helmed the CBS TV-movie "Do You Know the Muffin Man?"; nominated for an Emmy Award in 1990 for Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special
1990:
Produced his first Academy Awards telecast (ABC)
1990:
Directed Patty Duke's autobiographical drama "Call Me Anna" (ABC), which chronicled the actress' battle with mental illness
2000:
Made rare acting appearance in the drama feature "$pent"; film directed by son Gil Cates Jr.
2002:
Directed screen adaptation of James Agee┬┐s "A Death in the Family" (PBS)
2005:
Executive produced first "Oscar Countdown" special (ABC); returned as executive producer in 2006 and 2008
2005:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Motion Picture category)
2008:
Executive produced the 80th Annual Academy Awards telecast (ABC)
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York - 1953
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1955
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1965

Notes

"Cates has produced a leaner, swifter-paced [Oscar] show, coming up with themes that the production numbers and presentations are packaged with."--Jack Matthews in New York Newsday, March 30, 1992.

Designated honorary lifetime member of the DGA (1991)

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wife:
Betty Jane Dubin. Married on February 9, 1957; divorced.
wife:
Judith Reichman. Gynecologist, TV correspondent, author. Born c. 1945; married on January 25, 1987; has two children Ronit and Anat, from first marriage; appeared on "Today" show; in March 2000, disclosed she had undergone a mastectomy.

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father:
Nathan Katz. Dress manufacturer. Died on November 16, 1974 at age 80.
mother:
Nina Katz. Died on May 5, 1979 at age 86.
brother:
Joseph Cates. Producer. Died on October 10, 1998 at age 74.
sister:
Kit Adler.
daughter:
Melissa Beth Cates. Mother, Betty Jane Dubin; married to Roger Claman; mother of Evan Nathaniel, born on October 14, 1997 and Jordan Matthew, born on April 28, 2000.
son:
Jonathan Cates. Film editor. Mother, Betty Jane Dubin.
son:
David Cates. Music editor. Mother, Betty Jane Dubin.
son:
Gilbert Cates Jr. Director, screenwriter, former actor. Born c. 1970; mother, Betty Jane Dubin; wrote and directed "Spent".
niece:
Phoebe Cates. Actor. Father, Joe Cates.
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