|Born||Bruce Weigert Paltrow
November 26, 1943
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 2002
|Cause of death||Cancer and pneumonia|
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
(1969–2002; his death)
Bruce Weigert Paltrow (November 26, 1943 – October 3, 2002) was an American television and film director and producer. He was the husband of actress Blythe Danner, and the father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.
Life and career
Paltrow was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Dorothy (née Weigert) and Arnold Paltrow. He was a first cousin of Spencer J. Giffords, father of American politician and member of the United States House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords. His family was of Eastern European Jewish descent; they lived in Minsk. His paternal great-grandfather, whose surname was "Paltrowicz", was a rabbi in Nowogród, Poland. He studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the late 1960s, he began directing stage productions in New York City, where he met actress Blythe Danner, to whom he was married from December 14, 1969 until his death.
Paltrow died on October 3, 2002, while vacationing in Rome, Italy, to celebrate his daughter's 30th birthday. He was 58 years old. Paltrow had suffered from oral cancer for several years; his death was due to complications from cancer and pneumonia. In 2007, his widow, in cooperation with The Oral Cancer Foundation, set up a fund in his name to address oral cancer issues in the United States. The foundation works primarily in the areas of public awareness, early detection, patient support functions and research.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin married Paltrow's daughter in 2003. The 2005 Coldplay album X&Y carried a dedication to Bruce Paltrow. According to Blythe Danner, the famous Coldplay song "Fix You" was written for Gwyneth as Martin wanted to "fix her" after the death of her father.
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