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Goldberg died from brain cancer at his home in Montecito, Calif.
Goldberg re-teamed with Michael J. Fox on Spin City and co-created the critically acclaimed Brooklyn Bridge. He also wrote and directed Dad, starring Jack Lemmon, and the Diane Lane–John Cusack romantic comedy Must Love Dogs.
The Brooklyn native also wrote episodes of The Bob Newhart Show and M*A*S*H in an illustrious career in which he collected seven Emmy nominations and two wins.
Goldberg’s series credits famously ended with a photo of his beloved black Labrador retriever in front of the Louvre in Paris and Goldberg saying, “Sit, Ubu, sit! Good dog,” followed by a bark.
Among those paying tribute:
Everyone has a mentor (or two hopefully) that touches his/her life. Gary Goldberg passed away today. Wish I had thanked him more.
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) June 24, 2013
Lawrence was recruited by Goldberg to create Spin City.
RIP Gary David Goldberg. One of the greats in this business and in this world.
— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) June 24, 2013
We have lost one of the greats, GARY DAVID GOLDBERG, gifted writer, dad, husband, family man and friend. We will miss his stories. R.I.P
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) June 24, 2013
RIP Gary David Goldberg. The Keatons and the rest of us shed a tear. http://t.co/in0IAKqCoR
— Larry Salz (@larrysalz) June 24, 2013
“Family Ties” creator and “Spin City” co-creator Gary David Goldberg passed away yesterday. He will be missed. #RIP
— hulu (@hulu) June 24, 2013
RIP Gary David Goldberg. On Spin City he and @VDOOZER treated me amazingly and made me part of the family. Great, funny man.
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) June 24, 2013
In Hallmark movies, 7 year old girls write Santa asking for future boyfriends. I wrote a letter at 7 to Gary David Goldberg asking for work.
— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) December 25, 2012
Gary David Goldberg was a great man. I interned at “Spin City” in college. His generosity was legendary. Prayers to his family and friends.
— Mark Malkoff (@mmalkoff) June 24, 2013
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