Oscar Producer Cates Dies

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 6 : Telecast producer Gil Cates introduces designer Roy Christopher as they reveal the set design for the Eightieth Academy Awards held in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grand lobby February 6, 2008, in Los Angeles California.  (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gil Cates

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    Gilbert Cates, the man who spent more time at the helm of the Academy Awards than anyone else, died at the age of 77. Cates produced a record 14 Oscar telecasts over an 18-year span, and is credited with updating the award ceremony by bringing in hosts such as Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jon Stewart. His last show was in 2008. Cates also served two terms as president of the Directors Guild of America. His body was found in a parking lot on the UCLA campus, where he was a professor.

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