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Also Known As: Died: June 23, 2013
Born: June 25, 1944 Cause of Death: Brain cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, executive, producer

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Gary David Goldberg was an award-winning television creator/writer/producer responsible for some of the most successful family-centered TV series of late 20th century, including the long-running "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89). Goldberg entered the industry as a writer on "The Bob Newhart Show" in 1976 and wrote and later became a producer of "The Tony Randall Show." He wrote and produced the CBS dramatic series "Lou Grant" before making his feature debut as producer/director/screenwriter of an adaptation of William Wharton's sentimental family drama "Dad" (1989). Goldberg later received critical acclaim, if not enduring ratings success, for his warm, offbeat portrait of a Jewish family in another situation comedy/drama, "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS, 1991-93).Goldberg returned to features as co-screenwriter (with Brad Hall) and producer (with Hall and Sam Weisman) of "Bye Bye Love" (1995), a middling comic look at the effects of divorce on three men in their thirties. Returning to series TV, Goldberg served as co-creator and one of the executive producers of "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002) on which he reteamed with "Family Ties" star Michael J. Fox.Goldberg founded and served as chair of Ubu Productions, which...

Gary David Goldberg was an award-winning television creator/writer/producer responsible for some of the most successful family-centered TV series of late 20th century, including the long-running "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89). Goldberg entered the industry as a writer on "The Bob Newhart Show" in 1976 and wrote and later became a producer of "The Tony Randall Show." He wrote and produced the CBS dramatic series "Lou Grant" before making his feature debut as producer/director/screenwriter of an adaptation of William Wharton's sentimental family drama "Dad" (1989). Goldberg later received critical acclaim, if not enduring ratings success, for his warm, offbeat portrait of a Jewish family in another situation comedy/drama, "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS, 1991-93).

Goldberg returned to features as co-screenwriter (with Brad Hall) and producer (with Hall and Sam Weisman) of "Bye Bye Love" (1995), a middling comic look at the effects of divorce on three men in their thirties. Returning to series TV, Goldberg served as co-creator and one of the executive producers of "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002) on which he reteamed with "Family Ties" star Michael J. Fox.

Goldberg founded and served as chair of Ubu Productions, which has overseen shows including "Family Ties." Ubu Productions entered into a four-year, multi-million-dollar production deal with DreamWorks SKG to provide both feature films and TV shows. The first venture under this agreement was the short-lived ABC sitcom "Champs" (1996). Following the end of "Spin City" in 2002, Goldberg went on to write, produce and direct the easygoing romantic comedy "Must Love Dogs" (2005), starring John Cusack and Diane Lane. He died in 2013 at age 68 of brain cancer, and is remembered as a good-natured and much-loved figure in film and television.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Must Love Dogs (2005) Director
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  Dad (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Inside TV Land: The Pitch (2001) Interviewee
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 It's Only Television (1991) Guest
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Became a writer after he took a writing course from a screenwriter in California
1976:
First TV screenwriting credit, for the series "The Bob Newhart Show"
1976:
Was story editor for "The Tony Randall Show"
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Became producer of "The Tony Randall Show"
1979:
Created first TV series, "The Last Resort"
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Formed UBU Productions; served as chairman
1982:
Made directorial debut on TV series, "Making the Grade" (also executive producer)
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Created and produced long-running TV series, "Family Ties"
1989:
Directed, wrote and produced first feature film, "Dad"
1991:
Served as executive producer, writer and creator of semi-autobiographical TV series, "Brooklyn Bridge"
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UBU productions signed four year, multi-million dollar deal with DreamWorks SKG to develop features and TV series
1996:
Returned to TV as co-creator and executive producer (with Michael J Fox) of the ABC sitcom "Spin City"; left show as producer after the 1997-1998 season
1999:
Sold sitcom "Battery Park" to NBC as midseason replacement; aired in 2000, but was short-lived
2005:
Helmed the comedy "Must Love Dogs" starring Diane Lane as a newly divorced woman whose family signs her up for on-line dating
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Education

Lafayette High School: -
P S 205: Brooklyn , New York -
Brandeis University: Waltham , Massachusetts - 1962 - 1964
San Diego State University: San Diego , California - 1975

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wife:
Diana Meehan. Irish Catholic.

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father:
George Goldberg.
mother:
Anne Goldberg.
brother:
Stanley Goldberg. School principal. Born c. 1940.
daughter:
Shana Goldberg-Meehan.
daughter:
Cailin Elizabeth Goldberg-Meehan.
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