Gary David Goldberg, creator of Family Ties and Brooklyn Bridge and co-creator of Spin City, died early this morning at his house in Montecito, CA after a long battle with brain cancer. He passed away two days before his 69th birthday.
Goldberg, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, used his personal life as inspiration for hit Family Ties, in which he based the parents on himself and his wife, and for Brooklyn Bridge, in which he payed homage to his grandmother Jenny. Earlier in his TV career, which spans three decades, Goldberg worked on The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H* and Lou Grant. He won two Emmy Awards, one for Family Ties and one for Lou Grant, two Golden Globes, two WGA Awards, six Humanitas Prizes and a Peabody.
In 1995, then-27-year-old Bill Lawrence got his first shot at his own show, co-creating Spin City with Goldberg. “Everyone has a mentor (or two hopefully) that touches his/her life,” Lawrence wrote on Twitter. “Gary Goldberg passed away today. Wish I had thanked him more.” (more…)