Michael Goldberg, Who Scripted Jamaican Bobsled Film ‘Cool Runnings,’ Dies at 55

Michael Goldberg, writer, director and producer best known for his screenplay for “Cool Runnings,” the comedy about the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, died in Studio City, Calif., on October 2, following a battle with brain and sinus cancer that lasted more than a decade. He was 55.

Goldberg’s writing credits include “Should’ve Been Romeo,” with Paul Ben-Victor; “Little Giants,” which starred Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill; “Bushwhacked, with Daniel Stern; “Snow Dogs,” with Cuba Gooding Jr.; “The Lovemaster,” with comedian Craig Shoemaker, which he also directed; and the television series “Brutally Normal.”

Goldberg also acted in and directed numerous Off Broadway plays and regional productions.

He received an MFA from the University of Michigan and then a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Goldberg is survived by mother Dorothy Lean, father George, daughter Kayla, brother Mark and sister Randi, as well as former wife Karen Ray, and siblings Francine Lean, Jodi Whitten and Gary Lean.

Funeral will take place on Monday, October 6, at 10 am at Levine’s in Philadelphia. A Los Angeles memorial will be set for a later date.

Donations in his memory can be made to: The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC  27710

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