Geffen Playhouse founder Gil Cates is dead at 77

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Gil Cates, who founded the Geffen Playhouse in 1994 and remained its producing director, has died at age 77.

Cates also was the former dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. A prolific television producer as well as the director of the films ‘I Never Sang for My Father’ and ‘Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams,’ Cates is perhaps best-known for the 14 Academy Award shows he oversaw.

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Photo: Cates directing the musical ‘Nightmare Alley’ at the Geffen in 2010. Credit: Gary Friedman/ Los Angeles Times