Celebrity deaths in 2011

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15 of 84: Longtime Academy Awards producer Gilbert Cates died at age 77, it was reported on Nov. 1, 2011.

He produced the annual ceremony 14 times, between 1990 and 2008.

Cates, who went by his nickname, Gil, also directed several films, such as the 1970 movie 'I Never Sang for My Father,' which starred Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons, 'Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams' in 1963 and 'The Last Married Couple in America' in 1980. He also helmed several episodes of the fantasy series 'Faerie Tale Theatre' as well as several plays and television movies.

Cates founded the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television and served as its dean between 1990 and 1998. He also served as President of the Directors Guild of America from 1983 to 1987.

The producer is also the uncle of actress Phoebe Cates, who played Kate in the 'Gremlins' films.

(Pictured: Gilbert Cates appears backstage at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in Los Angeles.) (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)