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R.I.P. Michael Gottlieb, writer-director of Mannequin

(Image via Art Center College Of Design)
(Image via Art Center College Of Design)

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Michael Gottlieb died after a motorcycle accident on Friday. He was 69. 

Gottlieb was the writer and director behind Mannequin, the 1987 Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall comedy about a display mannequin that occasionally comes to life. Gottleib also directed the Hulk Hogan vehicle Mr. Nanny and Disney’s A Kid In King Arthur’s Court. Gottlieb spent the last two decades of his career directing commercials and teaching a screenwriting class at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 

All other accomplishments aside, Gottlieb’s work also inspired a pretty good episode of Bob’s Burgers.

[Note: An earlier version of this story said that Gottlieb produced video games for the now-defunct Midway studio, as has been widely reported. In fact, that was a different Michael Gottlieb.]

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