Screenwriter Michael Goldberg Dies at 55

He was best known for his screenplay for the Jamaican bobsled team movie 'Cool Runnings'

Writer, director and producer Michael Goldberg, best known as one of the screenwriters of 1993’s Cool Runnings, the comedy about the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, passed away in Studio City, Calif. on Oct. 2, following a 14-year battle with brain and sinus cancer. He was 55.

Goldberg’s writing credits include Should’ve Been Romeo, with Paul Ben-Victor; Little Giants, which starred Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill; Bushwhacked, with Daniel Stern; Snow Dogs, with Cuba Gooding Jr.; The Lovemaster, with comedian Craig Shoemaker, which he also directed; and the television series Brutally Normal.

Goldberg, who received an MFA from the University of Michigan and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, also acted in and directed numerous Off-Broadway plays and regional productions. 

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Lean, his father, George, daughter Kayla, brother Mark and sister Randi. Additional surviving family include his former wife Karen Ray and siblings Francine Lean, Jodi Whitten and Gary Lean as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will take place on Oct. 6 at Levine’s in Philadelphia. A Los Angeles memorial will be set for a later date. Donations in Goldberg's memory can be made to: The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. Duke University Medical Center, Box 3624, N.C. 27710.

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