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Michael Gottlieb, Writer-Director of ‘Mannequin,’ Dead at 69

Gottlieb was killed in a motorcycle accident La Cañada Flintridge

Michael Gottlieb, best known for the 1987 film “Mannequin,” died in a motorcycle accident. He was 69.

Gottlieb was killed in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., on Friday, May 23, according to media reports. He was a writer, producer, and director, as well as a professor of film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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 the 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.