Biography: Though better known in his late career as the father of his wildly successful actress daughter Gwyneth, Emmy-nominated Bruce Paltrow was previously noted for his achievements as a writer, producer, and director of film and television. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Paltrow studied art at Tulane University before embarking on a career as a theatrical scenic designer in the late '60s. Meeting future wife Blythe Danner shortly thereafter, Paltrow moved into television as the writer and producer of the ABC "Tuesday Night at the Movies" special Shirts/Skins (1973). Subsequently involved with numerous television specials and such series as St. Elsewhere and Homicide: Life on the Streets, Paltrow would later direct daughter Gwyneth in the 2000 comedy-drama Duets. It was while in Italy to visit his daughter and celebrate her birthday that Bruce Paltrow was stricken with a recurrence of throat cancer and pneumonia. Airlifted to Rome for treatment, Paltrow died shortly thereafter. He was 58.