The Oscars have lost its favorite leading man.
Gilbert Cates, the veteran director-producer who supervised a record 14 Academy Award telecasts, died on Monday. He was 77.
According to a statement from UCLA, where Cates was founding dean of the School of Theater, Film and Television department, emergency medical personnel responded to a call on campus at about 5:50 p.m. Monday but were unable to revive Cates. No word on cause of death.