Gary David Goldberg, a television producer best known for creating the sitcom Family Ties, died yesterday of brain cancer. He was 68 years old.
The Emmy Award winner met his wife in Greenwich Village in 1969. He described the couple many times as a pair of hippies and based the aforementioned Michael J. Fox series around their relationship.
Goldberg broke into show business in the mid-1970s when he wrote scripts for The Bob Newhart Show, Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show and The Last Resort.
He earned his first Emmy in 1977 for his work on the CBS drama Lou Grant.
In 1981, the executive formed his own production company and later created Family Ties, a half-hour program centered on two liberal parents and their conservative son (Fox). It ran for seven seasons and turned Fox into a star.
Goldberg received numerous honors for his work in Hollywood, including a Golden Globe, a Peabody, two Writers Guild Awards, five Humanitas Awards, the Producers Guild Award and the Valentine Davis Award.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.