What a sad day. Gil Cates, one of the finest people I’ve dealt with, passed away yesterday.
I had spoken to Gil just two hours before to plan a dinner at my house. We had known each other since 1968 and his creativity and his intelligence made him one of the unusual ones in the business.
He directed one of my films and was the original director of “Hootenanny”. His great power and charm and warmth came from his unbridled enthusiasm in anything he undertook. He was a rare bird and we will be missing his beautiful song forever.