Gil Cates

A legendary producer, director and impresario of the Geffen Playhouse, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB00000010635" title="Gil Cates" href="/topic/entertainment/gil-cates-PECLB00000010635.topic">Gil Cates</a> restored the luster to the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005" title="Academy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/academy-awards-EVHST000005.topic">Academy Awards</a> telecasts, recruiting hosts such as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001212" title="Billy Crystal" href="/topic/entertainment/billy-crystal-PECLB001212.topic">Billy Crystal</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003133" title="Steve Martin" href="/topic/entertainment/steve-martin-PECLB003133.topic">Steve Martin</a>. He was 77.  <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-gil-cates-20111102,0,1665997.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a><br>
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<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-me-2011notables-film-television,0,3261166.photogallery"><span class="center_label">Notable film and television deaths of 2011</span></a>

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A legendary producer, director and impresario of the Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates restored the luster to the Academy Awards telecasts, recruiting hosts such as Billy Crystal and Steve Martin. He was 77. Full obituary

Notable film and television deaths of 2011

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