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RIP Bruce Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s dad has died of cancer in Italy, aged 58:

Bruce Paltrow, who had been battling throat cancer, was traveling in recent days with his daughter, who recently celebrated her 30th birthday. He died from complications of pneumonia and a recurrence of the cancer, his daughter’s publicist, Steven Huvane, said Thursday.

Paltrow, whose wife was actress Blythe Danner, was perhaps best known for producing and directing episodes of the 1980s TV show “St. Elsewhere,” a hospital story with odd, frustrated characters and stories that blended comedy and tragedy.

His most recent work was writing and directing the quirky karaoke road movie “Duets” in 2000. The film had multiple, intersecting story-lines and an ensemble cast that included his daughter.

His other credits include the 1982 romantic comedy “A Little Sex,” starring Tim Matheson and Kate Capshaw as a couple dealing with love and infidelity. He also directed for the 1990s police drama “Homicide: Life on the Streets” and the 1995 TV movie “Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct: Lightning.”

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