'Family Ties' creator Gary David Goldberg has died at 68 (with Twitter reaction)

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(L- R) Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, , Gary David Goldberg, and Michael Gross of the cast and crew of "Family Ties" accept the Fan Favorite Award onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City.

Gary David Goldberg Celebrates The Release Of His Autobiography

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(L-R) Actors Meredith Baxter, Gary David Goldberg and Michael J. Fox attends a panel discussion celebrating Gary David Goldberg's autobiography 'Sit, Ubu, Sit' at The Paley Center For Media on February 5, 2008 in New York City.

Gary David Goldberg Celebrates The Release Of His Autobiography

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(L-R) Actor Michael J. Fox and Gary David Goldberg attends a panel discussion celebrating Gary David Goldberg's autobiography 'Sit, Ubu, Sit' at The Paley Center For Media on February 5, 2008 in New York City.


Gary David Goldberg, the creator of several TV shows including the hit '80s Michael J. Fox sitcom "Family Ties," died Sunday at his Montecito home, according to reports. He was 68.

Goldberg died of brain cancer, his daughter Shana Silveri told the New York Times.

"Family Ties" set liberal parents against their conservative son Alex P. Keaton, played by Fox, during the era of the Reagan presidency. It lasted from 1982 until 1989.

Goldberg also wrote for "The Bob Newhart Show," "Lou Grant," "M*A*S*H" and more, as well as co-creating Fox's later TV show "Spin City." He also produced films, including "Must Love Dogs."

Goldberg graduated from San Diego State in 1975.

His production company, Ubu Productions, was well known for its closing with a picture of Goldberg's real life dog Ubu who the production company was named for, and Goldberg saying "Sit, Ubu, sit! Good dog."

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