Geffen Playhouse founder Gil Cates is dead at 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