'Family Ties' creator Gary David Goldberg dies at age 68
Gary David Goldberg, who created '80s TV classic Family Ties, died Saturday at age 68. Mr. Goldberg had been fighting brain cancer.
Other TV shows that Mr. Goldberg created Brooklyn Bridge and Spin City. He also produced feature films, including 1989's Dad (with Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson), 1995's Bye Bye Love and 2005's Must Love Dogs, with Diane Lane and John Cusack.
But perhaps Mr. Goldberg was best known for Family Ties, which lasted from 1982 to 1989 on NBC and made a star out of Michael J. Fox. Ironically, Mr. Goldberg didn't want Fox to play the role of Alex P. Keaton; he preferred Matthew Broderick, the New York Times reports. It was only through the persistence of the show's casting director that Fox won the role.
"From that point on he was a tireless defender of me," Fox said in a recent interview with Times. "Gary is one of those guys who has no guile in him. His work is a celebration, of life, of relationships, of small family moments."