Michael Gottlieb : 'Mannequin' Writer-Director Dies In Motorcycle Crash
Michael Gottlieb : 'Mannequin' Writer-Director Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Michael Gottlieb : ‘Mannequin’ Writer-Director Dies In Motorcycle Crash

The Santa Monica motorcyclist who was killed after colliding with a Toyota on Angeles National Forest above La Canada Flintridge on May 24 was the writer and director of the 1987 movie Mannequin and the 1993 film Mr. Nanny, it was confirmed by his family.

Michael Gottlieb was riding his 2012 Ducati motorcycle during Memorial Day weekend on Angeles Crest Highway near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road when it collided with a 2003 Toyota driven by 24-year-old Juan Medina of Baldwin Park, according to the CHP.

Gottlieb wrote and directed “Mannequin” in 1987, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall, which opened at number one at the box office. He followed that up with a sequel, “Mannequin 2: On the Move.” Gottlieb wrote the script for that film, though he did not direct it.

His other film projects included “The Shrimp on the Barbie” as director, “Mr. Nanny” as writer and director, and “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court” as director. More recently, he taught a variety of classes to both graduate and undergraduate students at Art Center College of Design.

He was a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. Earlier in his career, Gottlieb was a commercial director and cinematographer, earning a Clio while working with clients like Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Xerox. In addition, Gottlieb produced several video games, including five “Mortal Kombat” games, as well as “NBA Hangtime.”


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