Gary David Goldberg

Screenwriter, Executive, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1944 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (16)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brooklyn Bridge 1981 - 1982, 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Spin City 1981 - 1982, 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Battery Park 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Champs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Dreamer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dad 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Family Ties 1982 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sara 1984 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Taking It Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Famous Lives 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lou Grant 1977 - 1982 (TV Show)

Producer

The Last Resort 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

The Tony Randall Show 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Family Ties Vacation (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (8)

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Emma's Relative (Actor)

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Meredith Baxter: Perfection & Reality 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Only Television 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at Night, Volume II 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (6)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day By Day 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Creator

Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (3)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Making the Grade 1981 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

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, remembered as a good-natured and much-loved figure in film and television.

Relationships

George Goldberg

Father

Anne Goldberg

Mother

Cailin Elizabeth Goldberg-Meehan

Daughter

Shana Goldberg-Meehan

Daughter

Stanley Goldberg

Brother
born c. 1940

Diana Meehan

Wife
Irish Catholic

EDUCATION

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts 1962 - 1964
won a basketball scholarship; dropped out in 1964

San Diego State University

San Diego , California 1975

P S 205

Brooklyn , New York

Lafayette High School

was star shooting guard

Milestones

2005

Helmed the comedy "Must Love Dogs" starring Diane Lane as a newly divorced woman whose family signs her up for on-line dating

1999

Sold sitcom "Battery Park" to NBC as midseason replacement; aired in 2000, but was short-lived

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

1991

Served as executive producer, writer and creator of semi-autobiographical TV series, "Brooklyn Bridge"

1989

Directed, wrote and produced first feature film, "Dad"

1982

Made directorial debut on TV series, "Making the Grade" (also executive producer)

1979

Created first TV series, "The Last Resort"

1976

Was story editor for "The Tony Randall Show"

1976

First TV screenwriting credit, for the series "The Bob Newhart Show"

Became producer of "The Tony Randall Show"

Created and produced long-running TV series, "Family Ties"

Became a writer after he took a writing course from a screenwriter in California

UBU productions signed four year, multi-million dollar deal with DreamWorks SKG to develop features and TV series

Formed UBU Productions; served as chairman

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