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|Died||December 4, 2019 (aged 85)|
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Leonard J. Goldberg (January 24, 1934 – December 4, 2019) was an American film and television producer. He had his own production company, Panda Productions (formerly Mandy Films, and earlier Daydream Productions when he was working with Jerry Weintraub). He served as head of programming for ABC, and was president of 20th Century Fox. Goldberg was also the executive producer of the CBS series Blue Bloods.
Early life and education
Goldberg was born on January 24, 1934 to a Jewish family, the son of Jean (née Smith) and William Goldberg. He was a graduate of New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in economics in 1955.
As a producer, he was responsible for producing several television films, including the Peabody Award–winning Brian's Song (1971) and The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976); the latter helping to launch John Travolta's movie career. He also produced a string of hit television series while in partnership with Aaron Spelling; the best-known being Charlie's Angels, Hart to Hart, Starsky & Hutch, Fantasy Island and Family. He produced the Oscar-nominated movie WarGames (1983) as well as the comedy The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977). He also partnered with producer Jerry Weintraub in the late 1970s, working on the television show When the Whistle Blows, and had development contracts with ABC and Universal Pictures. In 1981, he received an agreement with MGM/UA Entertainment Co. to produce and distribute TV shows as well as feature films under the Mandy Productions (later Mandy Films) company. He subsequently left MGM in 1984 to sign with Paramount Pictures to produce films and TV shows.
He also produced the Emmy Award–winning television film Something About Amelia, which aired on ABC in 1984. It was one of the highest-rated television films of the year, watched by around 60–70 million people.
Goldberg served as president of 20th Century Fox, during which time the studio produced such films as Broadcast News, Big, Die Hard, Wall Street and Working Girl. Under his own banner, Leonard Goldberg produced the successful motion picture features WarGames, Sleeping with the Enemy, Double Jeopardy and the Charlie's Angels films series. He also produced Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones and Frank Langella, released in theaters in February 2011.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a member of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Goldberg served on the CBS Board of Directors from 2007 to 2018.
Personal life and death
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1974||California Split||Executive producer|
|1976||Baby Blue Marine|
|1977||The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training|
|1981||All Night Long|
|1991||Sleeping with the Enemy|
|1992||The Distinguished Gentleman|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle|
|2019||Charlie's Angels||Executive producer||Final film as a producer|
- As an actor
|2007||The Underdog's Tale||Hank||Direct-to-video|
|1972||The Daughters of Joshua Cabe||Executive producer||Television film|
|No Place to Run||Executive producer||Television film|
|Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole||Television film|
|The Bounty Man||Television film|
|Home for the Holidays||Executive producer||Television film|
|Every Man Needs One||Executive producer||Television film|
|1973||A Cold Night's Death||Executive producer||Television film|
|Snatched||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Great American Beauty Contest||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Letters||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Bait||Executive producer||Television film|
|Satan's School for Girls||Television film|
|Letters from Three Lovers||Television film|
|The Affair||Executive producer||Television film|
|1974||The Death Squad||Television film|
|Chopper One||Executive producer|
|The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped||Television film|
|Cry Panic||Television film|
|Death Sentence||Television film|
|Hit Lady||Television film|
|Death Cruise||Television film|
|Only with Married Men||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Fireman's Ball||Executive producer||Television film|
|1975||The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Fireman's Ball||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|Murder on Flight 502||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Legend of Valentino||Television film|
|1976||One of My Wives Is Missing||Executive producer||Television film|
|The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe||Executive producer||Television film|
|Death at Love House||Executive producer||Television film|
|33 Hours in the Life of God||Television film|
|The Sad and Lonely Sundays||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Boy in the Plastic Bubble||Executive producer||Television film|
|1972−76||The Rookies||Executive producer|
|1977||Little Ladies of the Night||Executive producer||Television film|
|Delta County, U.S.A.||Executive producer||Television film|
|1979||Beach Patrol||Executive producer||Television film|
|1975−79||Starsky & Hutch||Executive producer|
|1980||When the Whistle Blows||Executive producer|
|Blue Jeans||Executive producer||Television film|
|1981||This House Possessed||Executive producer||Television film|
|1976−81||Charlie's Angels||Executive producer|
|1982||Fantasies||Executive producer||Television film|
|Paper Dolls||Executive producer||Television film|
|1983||Deadly Lessons||Executive producer||Television film|
|1984||Something About Amelia||Executive producer||Television film|
|Sins of the Past||Executive producer||Television film|
|Paper Dolls||Executive producer|
|1977−84||Fantasy Island||Executive producer|
|1979−84||Hart to Hart||Executive producer|
|1985||Royal Match||Executive producer||Television film|
|Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues||Television film|
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Executive producer||Television film|
|1982−86||T. J. Hooker||Executive producer|
|1987||Home||Executive producer||Television film|
|1988||The Cavanaughs||Executive producer|
|1993||Class of '96||Executive producer|
|1999||Love Letters||Executive producer||Television film|
|2000||Runaway Virus||Executive producer||Television film|
|2002||Critical Assembly||Executive producer||Television film|
|2009||Limelight||Executive producer||Television film|
|2011||Charlie's Angels||Executive producer|
|2018||Untitled Paul Attanasio Project||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|2010−20||Blue Bloods||Executive producer|
|2019||Blue Bloods||In loving memory of our founder and mentor|
- "Leonard Goldberg". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2013. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013.
- "Leonard Goldberg". CBS Corporation.
- "Goldberg, Leonard 1934-". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
- Canby, Vincent (August 20, 1977). "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) 'Bad News Bears' Make Comeback in an Effort to Go on to Japan". The New York Times.
- "Program Briefs" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 21, 1978. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
- "In Brief" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 23, 1984. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
- (18 January 1984). "'Something About Amelia,' the made-for-TV movie about incest, carried...", UPI
- Hollywood Reporter: "Hollywood's Hottest $150 Million Project Is an 83-Year-Old Synagogue—Studio heads, agency chieftains and top producers have come together, 'Avengers'-style, to save their iconic but decaying Wilshire Boulevard Temple—an A-list house of worship far from the Westside" by Gary Baum, May 30, 2012
- Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President and ABC Head of Programming, Dies at 85
- Leonard Goldberg, Producer of 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Blue Bloods,' Dies at 85