Gary David Goldberg, the creator of the iconic 1980s and '90s comedies
Family members said Goldberg died Saturday in his Montecito home from brain cancer.
Goldberg was a Brooklyn native who worked on several notable TV shows, including "Lou Grant,"
But he was mostly known for creating two shows that turned young Michael J. Fox into a major television star.
Fox was the star of
That show, which was a huge hit with audiences, was semi-autobiographical, Goldberg once said in an interview, as it reflected the conflict between the liberalism of the '60s and '70s to the conservatism of the 1980s. He said the parents in the show mirrored him and his wife Diana, while their daughter Shana reflected Alex.
In a 2007 interview with the Archive of American Television, Goldberg said that "Family Ties" at its best would get "what I call 'The Laugh of Recognition,' a deep laugh. When you can get that laugh, you own the audience in the right way."
Goldberg would team up with Fox again in 1996 for "Spin City, where the young actor played a deputy mayor of
When Fox returned in 2001 for a special appearance on the show, Goldberg said the moment was very emotional. He had encouraged the star to return.
"We became aware of the reasons why he doesn't do this anymore," said Goldberg in an interview during the taping of the episodes. "It was not easy on him. And he really sees his position in the world differently now."
Following the end of "Spin City," Goldberg also produced the TV series "
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