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Cates, 77, ran 14 Oscars shows

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LOS ANGELES — Film, television and Broadway producer and director Gil Cates, who ran the show for 14 Oscar ceremonies and was an entertainm­ent industry leader, has died at age 77.

Cates died Monday at the University of California Los Angeles where he was the founding dean of the School of Theater, Film and Television, the school said in a statement posted on its website.

Cates, who was the uncle of actress Phoebe Cates, was dean of UCLA’S TFT from 1990-1998, and served two terms as president of the Directors Guild of America in the 1980s. He most recently produced the Academy Awards in 2008, marking his 14th time at the helm of the film industry’s top honours for which he received several awards and nomination­s over the years.

Cates directed Joanne Woodward and Sylvia Sidney in the 1973 film Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, which received two Oscar nomination­s. Other film directing credits include: The Promise, One Summer Love, The Last Married Couple in America, Oh! God Book II and Backfire.

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