Michael J. Fox was a fresh-faced 20-year-old Canadian actor when he was cast in NBC’s comedy series Family Ties. Series creator Gary David Goldberg initially was not sold on Fox but quickly embraced him and then got him to topline his next series, Spin City. Both shows had long runs and turned Fox into a TV icon. Today, Fox is reflecting on the death of another TV great, Goldberg, who passed away yesterday at age 68, leaving behind his wife Diana and two grown daughters.

With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly. Love to Diana and all of Gary’s family.