Gilbert Cates

Gilbert Cates

Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

Lowest Rated: 50% Oh, God! Book II (1980)

Birthday: Jun 06, 1934

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

As a prolific director and producer, Gilbert Cates largely became known to the public at large for producing 14 Academy Awards telecasts in an 18-year span, as well as for directing such feature films as "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970), "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973) and "Oh, God! Book II" (1980), and numerous TV movies and specials. But it was his long reign as a director and producer of the yearly Academy Awards program that cemented his legacy; a gig Cates began in 1990 and carried through for most broadcasts over the next two-plus decades. Cates began the stint at a time when the awards show's popularity was waning and was noted for shaking up the status quo by infusing new blood with hosts Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman. Of course, some of his decisions - particularly Letterman and Goldberg - were widely criticized, but he nonetheless helped return the Oscars to prominence, and in the process, became the show's most successful producer and that behind-the-scenes rarity - a household name.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection Director - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Death in the Family Director,
Producer
- 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Collected Stories Director - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet $pent Director - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Innocent Victims Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Absolute Strangers Director,
Executive Producer
- 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Me Anna Director - 1990
No Score Yet 60% Do You Know the Muffin Man? Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fatal Judgment Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet My First Love Director - 1988
No Score Yet 27% Backfire Director - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Child's Cry Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Consenting Adult Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Rage Director - 1984
No Score Yet 40% Hobson's Choice Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Nowhere Producer - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Country Gold Director - 1982
50% 39% Oh, God! Book II Director,
Producer
- 1980
No Score Yet 24% The Last Married Couple in America Director - 1980
No Score Yet 63% The Promise Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gift of the Magi Executive Producer - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye Director - 1977
No Score Yet 88% One Summer Love Director,
Producer
- 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affair Director - 1973
No Score Yet 17% Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Director - 1973
No Score Yet 70% To All My Friends on Shore Director,
Producer
- 1971
100% 81% I Never Sang for My Father Director,
Producer
- 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rings Around the World Director - 1966

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