Gary David Goldberg, Creator of Family Ties, Dies at 68
Gary David Goldberg
Gary David Goldberg, the creator of the classic sitcom Family Ties, has died, according to Variety. He was 68.
Goldberg died in Montecito, Calif. after a battle with brain cancer.
Born in Brooklyn, Goldberg began his television writing career in the '70s working on qsuch shows as The Bob Newhart Show, The Last Resort and Lou Grant, the latter of which earned him his first Emmy.
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In 1982, Goldberg launched his first series, Family Ties. The comedy, which catapulted Michael J. Fox's career, won five Emmys in its seven seasons, including three for Fox. The show was also part of NBC's new "Must-See TV" campaign that also included The Cosby Show.
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In 1991, Goldberg launched Brooklyn Bridge, a semi-autobiographical series set in the '50s. Although it was canceled by CBS after two seasons, the show received critical praise and won a Golden Globe and received an Emmy nomination.
Goldberg later reunited with Fox on Spin City, which he co-created in 1996 with Bill Lawrence. He also penned and produced films including Dad (1989), Bye Bye, Love (1995) and Must Love Dogs (2005).
Goldberg is survived by his wife Diana Meehan and their daughters Shana and Cailin.