With the recent death of James Gandolfini, we seem to have overlooked a couple of other notable celebrity deaths; horror and science fiction author, Richard Matheson and television writer/producer, Gary David Goldberg.
Matheson was best know for the short story Duel, which inspired the Steven Spielberg movie of the same name, and the novel I Am Legend, which was made into a completely different movie starring Will Smith (though not before two earlier translations in the form of The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price. I've seen it. It's dated but not bad, and The Omega Man, a rather cheesy 1971 Charlton Heston movie which paled in comparison to Soylent Green.
I also discovered that Matheson wrote The Shrinking Man, which inspired the great 1957 film The Incredible Shrinking Man. Hell, I never knew it was a book. He also penned numerous episodes of The Twilight Zone, most notably Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, starring a very young William Shathimself Shatner.
Yeah, so quite a body of work wouldn't you say?
Gary David Goldberg was best known for three things: Family Ties, Spin City and the Sit, Ubu Sit closing tag that ended all of Goldberg's television productions.