|The Perfect Pitch||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Interviewee||20037|
|Brilliant But Cancelled||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Interviewee||20037|
|Operating Room||1980 1979 - 1980||Director||n/a||4|
|A Little Sex||1980||Director||n/a||4|
|The Mind of the Married Man||2002 2001 - 2002||Director||n/a||4|
|Tattinger's||1989 1988 - 1989||Director||(Premiere)||4|
|Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning||Director||n/a||4|
|You're Gonna Love It Here||1977 1976 - 1977||Director||n/a||4|
|The Road Home||1994 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994||Director||n/a||4|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||1994 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1994||Director||n/a||4|
|St. Elsewhere||1994 1982 - 1989, 1992 - 1994||Director||n/a||4|
|A Little Sex||1980||Producer||n/a||3|
|The White Shadow||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|New Year||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Nick & Hillary||1989 1988 - 1989||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Home Fires||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Big City Boys||1978 1977 - 1978||Producer||n/a||3|
|NYPD Blue||2002 2002||Acknowledgment||In Loving Memory||1|
|Presidio Med||2002 2002||Acknowledgment||In Memory Of||1|
|Executive produced and helmed premiere episode of the CBS series "The Road Home"|
|Produced Off-Broadway play, "Someone's Coming Hungry"|
|Executive produced the sitcom "Home Fires" (NBC); also directed pilot|
|Executive produced the popular CBS drama series "The White Shadow"; also directed episodes|
|Feature debut as producer and director, "A Little Sex"|
|Created, wrote and directed episodes and served as executive producer of the NBC drama series "Tattinger's"|
|Co-executive produced, wrote and directed TV-movie "Operating Room"|
|Directed "Duets" (filmed in 1998-1999), starring daughter Gwyneth, Maria Bello, Forest Whitaker and Paul Giametti|
|Revamped "Tattinger's" as an NBC sitcom "Nick & Hillary"|
|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|
|Executive produced the award-winning NBC medical series "St. Elsewhere"; also directed episodes|
|Directed episodes of NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Streets"|
|Produced and wrote first TV-movie, "Shirts/Skins" (ABC)|
Born on Nov. 26, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, Paltrow was raised in a rabbinical family as the son of Arnold and Dorothy and received his higher education from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts. From there, he began working as a scenic designer and eventually produced the off-Broadway play, "Someone's Coming Hungry," which starred actress Blythe Danner. Paltrow and Danner hit it off and were married on Dec. 14, 1969. Early on, the couple was committed to share the responsibility of raising their two children, future actress and Academy Award winner Gwyneth, and future television director Jake Paltrow. The elder Paltrow switched from theater to television by writing for Screen Gems, then the small screen arm of Columbia TriStar, before breaking through with his first effort as a writer-producer on the TV movie, "Shirts/Skins" (ABC, 1973), which told the story of six businessmen who turn their weekly basketball game bet into a zany hide-and-go-seek contest.
After writing the pilot for the sitcom "You're Gonna Love It Here" (CBS, 1977), which aired as a TV special, Paltrow created the sports-themed drama series, "The White Shadow" (CBS, 1978-1981), which starred Ken Howard as a white pro basketball player who becomes the coach of a mostly African American high school team. Although never a big ratings success, "The White Shadow" was a hit with critics. The show was also the first ensemble drama to boast a predominantly black cast and reportedly had a powerful fan in William S. Paley, who was the head of the network, perhaps accounting for its two-and-a-half-season run despite low ratings. He next served as an executive producer of the critically acclaimed medical drama "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88), which followed the ragtag staff of a decrepit South Boston hospital. Again, Paltrow was associated with a series that was adored by critics, but failed to attract a large audience. Still, the series did have a loyal fan base and was a perennial Emmy Awards nominee, winning seven statues in mainly acting categories. Prior to his involvement in "St. Elsewhere," Paltrow made his feature directing debut with "A Little Sex" (1981), a romantic comedy about a married man (Tim Matheson) struggling to stay faithful to his new wife (Kate Capshaw) in the face of irresistible temptations.
After many years on the West Coast, Paltrow shifted his base to New York in the mid-1980s, where he became creator and executive producer of the Manhattan-based series "Tattinger's" (NBC, 1988). The show was set in and around a chic eatery that mixed somber stories with more witty fare, and featured a heavyweight cast including Stephen Collins, Mary Beth Hurt, Jerry Stiller and Blythe Danner. When the show fell to poor ratings, he attempted to retool the material as the sitcom "Nick & Hillary" (NBC, 1989), which fared even worse than its predecessor. Disillusioned with the demands of network television, Paltrow took a personal hiatus before returning to the grind as co-creator and executive producer of the comedy series "Home Fires" (NBC, 1992), which focused on a modern family, the Kramers, headed by overprotective Ted (Michael Brandon) and peacemaking Anne (Kate Burton), both of whom try to deal with their teenage kids (Nicole Eggert and Jarrad Paul). Once again, Paltrow's series struggled with ratings and was quickly canceled.
Two years later, Paltrow was an executive producer and director of the pilot for "The Road Home" (CBS, 1994), which starred Karen Allen as a woman who moves her family back to rural North Carolina where they work to rebuild her parents' shrimping business. The show was canceled after six episodes. In 1997, Paltrow announced a returned to directing films and began making what became "Duets" (2000). Initially the comedy-drama set in the world of karaoke was a vehicle for daughter Gwyneth and her then-fiancé Brad Pitt. But shortly before production, however, the couple had a very public breakup and the project was put on hold. Columbia Pictures put the film into turnaround and spared the estranged couple from having to work together. Meanwhile, Paltrow and his producing partners were able to place the material with Seven Arts and commenced production. The film - which marked the first time father and daughter worked together - was met with negative reviews and was unsuccessful at the box office. It was also the last project Paltrow ever worked on. He had been suffering from oral cancer for several years, and finally succumbed to the disease accompanied by pneumonia while celebrating Gwyneth's 30th birthday in Rome, Italy. He died on Oct. 3, 2002 at 58 years old.
By Shawn Dwyer
|Blythe Danner||Wife||Married December 14, 1969; Worked with husband on the short-lived NBC series "Tattinger's" and "Nick & Hilary"|
|Jake Paltrow||Son||born on September 26, 1975|
|Gwyneth Paltrow||Daughter||Born Sept. 27, 1972; mother, Blythe Danner; Won an Oscar for her role in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998); also starred in "Emma" (1996), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (2000) and "Sylvia" (2003); collaborated with father on "Duets" (2000)|
|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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