Gilbert Cates Biography (1934-)

Born Gilbert Katz, June 6, 1934, in New York, NY; son of Nathan (a dress manufacturer) and Nina (maiden name, Peltzman) Katz; brother of Joseph Cates (a director and producer); uncle of Phoebe Cates (an actress); married Betty JaneDubin, February 9, 1957 (divorced); married Judith Reichman (a gynecologist), January 25, 1987; children: (first marriage) Melissa Beth, Jonathan Michael(a film editor), David Sawyer (a music editor), Gilbert Lewis, Jr. (an actor, director, producer, and writer). Addresses: Contact: 10920 WilshireBlvd., Suite 820, Los Angeles, CA 90024-6510.

Producer, director
Birth Details
June 6, 1934
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Producer and director, To All My Friends on Shore, CBS, 1972
  • Director, The Affair (also known as Love Song), ABC, 1973
  • Director, Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye, NBC, 1977
  • Supervising producer and director, Country Gold, CBS, 1982
  • Producer, The Kid from Nowhere, NBC, 1982
  • Director, Hobson's Choice, CBS, 1983
  • Producer and director, Burning Rage (also known as Coalfire), CBS, 1984
  • Producer and director, Child's Cry (also known as Who Hearsthe Child's Cry and Child's Play), CBS, 1986
  • Producer and director, Fatal Judgment (also known as Fatal Dosage), CBS, 1988
  • Director, My First Love (also known as Second Chance and One More Time), ABC, 1989
  • Director, Do You Know the Muffin Man? CBS, 1989
  • Producer and director, Call Me Anna (also known as My Name Is Anna), ABC, 1990
  • Executive producer and director, Absolute Strangers (also known asMatter of Privacy), CBS, 1991
  • Executive producer (with Donna Mills), In My Daughter's Name,CBS, 1992
  • Executive producer and director, Confessions: Two Faces of Evil, 1994
  • Director, Innocent Victims, 1996
  • Producer and director, A Death in the Family, PBS, 2001
  • Specials
  • Producer and director, After the Fall, NBC, 1974
  • Producer and director (with Joseph Cates), Circus Lions, Tigers, and Melissa Too, NBC, 1977
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), Country Night of Stars, NBC, 1978
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), Country Night of Stars II,NBC, 1978
  • Executive producer, Stubby Pringles Christmas, NBC, 1978
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), Country Stars of the 70s,NBC, 1979
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), Skinflint, NBC, 1979
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), Elvis Remembered: Nashville toHollywood, NBC, 1980
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), Fifty Years of Country Music, NBC, 1981
  • Director, Johnny Cash Christmas, 1983, CBS, 1983
  • Director (with Joseph Cates), Johnny Cash: Christmas on the Road,CBS, 1984
  • Director, The 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special, CBS,1985
  • Producer, The 62nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1989
  • Producer, The 63rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1990
  • Producer, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, 1995
  • Producer, To Life, America Celebrates Israel's 50th, CBS, 1998
  • Producer, America Celebrates Ford's Theater, ABC, 1999
  • Producer, The 71st Annual Academy Awards, 1999
  • Also worked as producer and director of specials featuring Ice Follies, the Worlds Fair, and Aquacade, all ABC, 1965.
  • Series
  • Producer (with Roger Peterson and Chester Feldman), I've Got a Secret (game show), CBS, 1952-67
  • Producer and director, Mothers Day (game show), ABC, c. 1958-59
  • Haggis Baggis (game show), NBC, 1958-59
  • Producer and director, Camouflage (game show), ABC, 1961-62
  • Creator, producer, and director, Hootenanny, ABC, 1962
  • Executive producer and director, International Showtime, NBC, 1962-64
  • Episodic
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), "Have I Got a Christmas for You,"Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1977
  • Executive producer (with Joseph Cates), "Fame," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1978
  • Producer and director, Faerie Tale Theatre, Showtime, 1982
  • Director, "Consenting Adult," An ABC Theatre Presentation, ABC, 1985
  • Also directed episodes of Picture This and Reach for the Stars.
  • Pilots
  • Producer, Off Campus, CBS, 1977
  • Other
  • Producer and director, Electric Showcase, ABC, 1965
  • Producer and director, One More Time, ABC, 1988
  • Film Work
  • Producer and director, The Painting (short), Union Films, 1962
  • Producer and director, Rings around the World, Columbia, 1967
  • Producer and director, I Never Sang for My Father, Columbia, 1970
  • Director, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, Columbia, 1973
  • Producer and director, One Summer Love (also known as Dragonfly), American International, 1976
  • Director, The Promise (also known as Face of a Stranger), Universal, 1979
  • Executive producer and director, The Last Married Couple in America, Universal, 1980
  • Producer and director, Oh, God! Book II, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Director, Backfire, Vidmark, 1989
  • Film Appearances
  • Years of Action! 1986
  • (As Gil Cates, Sr.) Mr. Walsh, $pent, 2000
  • Stage Work
  • Stage manager, Shinbone Alley, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Associate producer (with Joseph Cates), Spoon River Anthology (later Spoon River), Booth Theatre, New York City, then Royal Court Theatre, London, 1964
  • Producer (with Jack Farren), You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1967-68, then Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Producer, I Never Sang for My Father, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Producer, The Chinese and Dr. Fish, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Producer (with Roy N. Nevans and Albert J. Schiff), Solitaire/Double Solitaire, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Director, The Price, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1971
  • Director, Voices, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1972
  • Producer (with Matthew Alexander) and director, Tricks of the Trade, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Major Tours
  • Producer, You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, U.S. cities, and London, 1968
  • Television Movies
  • Child's Cry (also known as Who Hears the Child's Cry and Child's Play), CBS, 1986

Further Reference


    • Hollywood Reporter, November 30, 1988, pp. 16 and 20.

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