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Killed Motorcyclist Identified as Film Director Michael Gottlieb

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Michael Gottlieb, director of films such as ‘Mannequin,’ was the motorcyclist killed in a collision last weekend. (Art College of Design)

The Santa Monica motorcyclist who was killed after colliding with a Toyota on Angeles National Forest above La Canada Flintridge on May 24 was the writer and director of the 1987 movie Mannequin and the 1993 film Mr. Nanny, it was confirmed by his family.

Michael Gottlieb was riding his 2012 Ducati motorcycle during Memorial Day weekend on Angeles Crest Highway near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road when it collided with a 2003 Toyota driven by 24-year-old Juan Medina of Baldwin Park, according to the CHP.

The CHP added its crash investigation revealed that the Ducati crossed into opposing lanes as it attempted to pass the Toyota, which was also southbound on Angeles Forest Highway, when Medina turned left onto Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.

The motorcycle collided with the front end of the Toyota, ejecting the rider, who suffered blunt force head trauma and a broken neck, according to the CHP.

Gottlieb was pronounced dead by the paramedics less than one hour after the collision.

CHP officials reported Gottlieb was not wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet.

It was earlier reported Gottlieb was 64; however, his family confirmed Gottlieb was 69.

Gottlieb also directed Shrimp on the Barbi (1990) and A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995).

In addition to directing and writing, Gottlieb also produced several video games, including NBA Hang Time, Muppet Monster Adventure, Paperboy, and five Mortal Kombat titles.

He was also listed as a member of the Film faculty at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., where he taught a screenwriting course called “The Journey.”

The brief bio on his faculty page states Gottlieb was an industrial designer who became a professional photographer before delving into commercial film.

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Gottlieb’s alternate name was Alan Smithee.

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