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Bruce Paltrow, actress' father, dead

Bruce Paltrow with daughter Gwyneth in 2000.

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Producer-director Bruce Paltrow, father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and husband of actress Blythe Danner, died Thursday in Rome, Italy, said Steven Huvane, a spokesman for Gwyneth Paltrow. He was 58.

He died suddenly from complications resulting from pneumonia, Huvane said. He was on holiday in Italy with his daughter, who celebrated her 30th birthday last week.

Paltrow directed and produced the 2000 comedy "Duets," which starred Gwyneth. He also produced several television series, including the 1980s hospital drama series "St. Elsewhere" and the late-1970s series "The White Shadow." He also directed episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street."

His credits also include being co-creator and co-executive producer for the 1992 NBC series "Home Fires," and director of the 1994 CBS pilot "The Road Home."

Paltrow's first brush with directing for the big screen came in the 1982 comedy "A Little Sex," a romantic comedy that starred Tim Matheson and Kate Capshaw.

Paltrow had suffered from throat cancer for several years.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943, and began his career in theater in the late 1960s. In 1970, he married Danner, who was a stage actress. They have two children, Jake and Gwyneth.

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