Gary David Goldberg
, the Emmy-winning creator of the iconic “Must-See TV” sitcom “Family Ties
” who also branched out into directing features, died Sunday of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif. He was 68.
Introduced in 1982, “Family Ties
” became one of the linchpins of NBC’s successful Thursday-night lineup and made Michael J. Fox
— who will return to the network in the fall — a star. The series ran for seven seasons, earning Goldberg a writing Emmy. He won another during a stint on the “Mary Tyler Moore
Show” spinoff “Lou Grant
“Basically, those parents are me and Diana,” Goldberg explained during an interview with the Archive of American Television regarding the genesis of “Family Ties
,” referring to his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan
, and their hippie roots.
Goldberg initially resisted the choice of Fox, as did then-nbc Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff
, who famously said he couldn’t picture the actor’s face on a lunchbox.