Daniel Goldberg, the frequent collaborator of Ivan Reitman and Todd Phillips who co-wrote and produced Bill Murray’s leads. Stripes and dumplings and guided other films, including space jam, Old School, Journey and the Hangover trilogy is dead He was 74 years old.
Goldberg died Wednesday in Los Angeles, his brother, Deuce Bigalow screenwriter Harris Goldberg said the hollywood reporter. “He was a lovely, kind guy, he was my hero,” Harris said. “He was everything he measured me against.”
No cause of death was immediately available.
Survivors also include his wife, British Columbia native Ilona Herzberg, a producer of films including the wild river, evan almighty, Aquatic world, raquel gets married and fedsthe 1988 comedy starred Rebecca De Mornay and Mary Gross and was the only feature film her husband directed in Hollywood.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Goldberg was the eldest son of Irwin, an aeronautical engineer, and Audrey, an artist.
He first met Reitman in 1966 at McMaster University in his hometown, and he played a Mac freshman in the short film. Orientation (1968), which Reitman wrote and directed. Fox acquired it and screened it in theaters before Peter Yates. Juan and Maria (1969), starring Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow.
The couple then got into trouble when they produced The colon of sex (1969) and were charged and fined for making and showing a “obscene” film after showing it once to the student body. The experience “brought them together and pushed them to do it together [in show business]said Harris Goldberg.
Danny followed Reitman to Los Angeles, and over the decades the pair partnered in writing, producing, and/or directing capacities on The house by the lake (1976), dumplings (1979), Stripes (1981), Heavy metal (1981), feds, Junior (1994), space jam (nineteen ninety six), Private parts (1997), commandments (1997), Father’s day (1997), six days seven nights (1998), Journey (2000), Evolution (2001), Killing me Softly (2002), Old School (2003) and eurovoyage (2004).
For the small screen, Goldberg and Reitman shared an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie in 1996 for producing HBO’s the afternoon shiftand worked on the 1994 CBS Saturday morning cartoon beethoven.
After producing the Phillips-helmed Journey, Old School and school for scoundrels (2006), Goldberg reunited with the director and achieved spectacular success with The Hangover (2009), starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms and grossed over $469 million on a budget of $35 million.
Goldberg later produced the film directed by Phillips Hangover sequels in 2011 and 2013 which grossed another $587 million and $362 million, respectively, plus Due date (2011), another comedy starring Galifianakis.
Survivors also include her sisters, Kathy and Amy.