Director and producer Michael Gottlieb, best known for comedies like Mannequin and for producing several big name video games in the late ’90s, died in a motorcycle accident Friday. He was 69.
Gottlieb was driving southbound in a 2012 Ducati motorcycle riding behind a 2003 Toyota. “(The motorcycle) crossed into opposing traffic in an attempt to pass (the Toyota),” California Highway Officer Monique Mischeaux said in an official statement. The two vehicles collided when the Toyota simultaneously went to make a left turn. According to officials, Gottlieb, who was wearing a helmet at the time, was immediately thrown from the bike. “As a result of the collision, (Gottlieb) received severe head trauma and a broken neck, and succumbed to his injuries,” Mischeaux said. Gottlieb was pronounced dead by paramedics 45 minutes after the crash.
Besides Mannequin, Gottlieb directed Mr. Nanny, starring Hulk Hogan, and Disney’s A Kid in King Arthur’s Court. He also produced many videos games including the Mortal Kombat series and NBA Hang Time. The native New Yorker recently taught screenwriting classes at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
“Michael Gottlieb was superbly talented in an unusual number of creative disciplines,” film department chair Ross LaManna told The Hollywood Reporter. “His love for his students and generosity with his time and expertise were second to none. He mentored, guided, cheer-led and scolded hundreds of students through the challenging process of writing a feature-length screenplay and took enormous pride in their accomplishments.”