LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leonard Goldberg, a network and studio executive and producer whose TV credits ranged from â€œStarsky and Hutchâ€ in the 1970s to the current drama series â€œBlue Bloodsâ€ and whose independent movies included â€œWarGamesâ€ and â€œSleeping with the Enemy,â€ has died. He was 85.
Goldberg died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from injuries suffered in a fall, according to a statement issued Thursday on behalf of his family, who were with him at the hospital.
During his tenure as president of Twentieth Century Fox, the studio produced hit films including â€œBroadcast News,â€ â€œBig,â€ â€œDie Hardâ€ and â€œWall Street.â€
Goldberg was head of programming for ABC when the networkâ€™s lineup included â€œMod Squad,â€ â€œThat Girlâ€ and â€œMarcus Welby, M.D.â€
Starting in the 1970s, he joined with prolific TV producer Aaron Spelling to make shows including â€œCharlieâ€™s Angels,â€ â€œHart to Hartâ€ and â€œFantasy Islandâ€ and TV movies including â€œThe Boy in the Plastic Bubbleâ€ with John Travolta.
Jaclyn Smith, who starred in the â€œCharlie’s Angels,â€ said in a statement that their shared work history led to “a truly wonderful friendship. I have the greatest respect for him not only professionally but more importantly as a loving family man. Len, you are now truly surrounded by angels.â€
As a production executive at Screen Gems, now Columbia Pictures Television, Goldberg green-lit production of the Peabody Award-winning TV movie â€œBrianâ€™s Song.â€
Goldbergâ€™s survivors include his wife, Wendy Howard Goldberg, their children and grandchildren.