, who received an Oscar nomination as producer of the 1976 media satire “Network
,” died of a stroke Friday in Los Angeles. He was 94.
Gottfried also partnered with “Network
” writer Paddy Chayefsky
on films including “Altered States
” and “The Hospital
.” He met Chayefsky as a regular in a New York card game, and the two started on their first project, “The Hospital
.” Gottfried met the film’s lead, George C. Scott
, when Gottfried served as his divorce attorney.
Chayefsky won the best screenplay Oscar for “Network
,” which also won Oscars for Faye Dunaway
, Peter Finch
and Beatrice Straight
. Finch’s character, irate news anchor Howard Beale, was named for Gottfried.
Raised in the Bronx, Gottfried started his career as a lawyer and became involved in off-Broadway theater. He then went to United Artists
, where he oversaw TV series such as “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Patty Duke Show
” and “The Fugitive.” Gottfried later moved