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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gilbert Cates, veteran Oscar producer, dead at 77

Gilbert Cates, the producer and director who oversaw a record 14 Academy Awards ceremonies, has died. He was 77.
Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, which Cates founded, said he died Monday. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Cates was comfortable at the helm of the Oscars, calling it "an absolutely great job." He produced more Academy Awards telecasts than anyone else and brought in comedians such as Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Steve Martin to host the show.
On Tuesday, Martin tweeted his condolences: "So sorry to hear Gil Cates has died. He helmed two Oscar shows I hosted. He was delightful, wise, canny and unperturbed. A great fellow."

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