Gary David Goldberg, famed writer for hit 1970s and 1980s shows like Family Ties, is dead at age 68 after losing a battle against against brain cancer. Though he passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his home within Montecito, California, his abilities as a talented writer, father, husband, and friend are a lasting legacy.
Goldberg's career skyrocketed when he began work for the hit NBC show Family Ties. His work not only earned him seven Emmys and tremendous critical acclaim, but it also allowed him to advance and continue his efforts on other hit television shows. These shows include The Bob Newhart Show, a Mary Tyler Moore spinoff titled Lou Grant, The Last Resort, Spin City, the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as films like Dad, Must Love Dogs, and Bye Bye Love.
Many praised Goldberg's work ethic which valued people and relationships above all else to his successes. In fact, he once stated in an interview: "I think it's the fact that I'm still really close with almost everyone I've worked with, [including Michael J. Fox who played Alex on Family Ties] and a lot of the young writers I started have gone on to great careers. ...It's an idea that writers matter."
Goldberg leaves behind his wife, Diana Meehan, daughter Shana, her husband, Scott Silvestri, and daughter Cailin, as well as many friends and colleagues.