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Net Worth:
$30 Million
Date of Birth:
Nov 26, 1943 - Oct 3, 2002 (58 years old)
Place of Birth:
6 ft (1.85 m)
Film Director, Film Producer, Television Producer, Television Director, Screenwriter, Theatre Director, Writer
United States of America
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Bruce Paltrow was an American television and film director and producer who had a net worth of $30 million at the time of his death in 2002. Bruce Paltrow died in October 2002 at the age of 58. Outside of enjoying a highly successful directing and producing career, Bruce was known for being married to actress Blythe Danner from 1969 until his passing and for being the father of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow. As a film producer and director, Bruce was best known for his work on popular TV series like "The White Shadow" and "St. Elsewhere." He created the former series, which ran three seasons and executive produced the latter, which ran six seasons. Paltrow won a Directors Guild of America Diversity Award in 1997 and a Writers Guild of America Award for St. Elsewhere in 1987. Bruce's final credit was directing the 2000 film "Duets" which starred his daughter and Huey Lewis.

Early Life and Education

Bruce Paltrow grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Dorothy (née Weigert) and Arnold Paltrow. Bruce's brother Robert (Bob) is the father of Rebekah Paltrow, who would later become Rebekah Neumann after marrying WeWork founder Adam Neumann.

Bruce attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he studied painting before discovering his passion for theater. Paltrow went on to graduate with a degree in drama and later pursued his passion for the arts at the prestigious Actors Studio in New York City.

The White Shadow

Bruce Paltrow got his start in the entertainment industry working on various stage productions in New York. However, his career took a turn when he ventured into television, becoming a writer and producer for the groundbreaking TV series "The White Shadow" in 1978. The show, which centered around a white former NBA player coaching a racially diverse high school basketball team, was lauded for its realistic portrayal of social issues and its unique approach to storytelling.

Paltrow served as the showrunner for "The White Shadow" during its three-season run, also directing several episodes. The series gained a loyal following and was praised by critics for its compelling storylines and strong character development. Paltrow's work on the show established him as a creative force in the television industry.


St. Elsewhere

After the conclusion of "The White Shadow," Bruce Paltrow co-created and executive produced the highly acclaimed medical drama "St. Elsewhere," which premiered in 1982. The series, set in a fictional Boston teaching hospital, was known for its gritty realism, ensemble cast, and innovative storytelling techniques. With its complex, intertwining narratives and emphasis on character development, "St. Elsewhere" is often credited with influencing later medical dramas, such as "ER" and "Grey's Anatomy."

Paltrow's work on "St. Elsewhere" earned him multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. The show's six-season run solidified Paltrow's reputation as an influential producer and director in the television industry.


In addition to his successful television career, Bruce Paltrow also ventured into filmmaking. In 2000, he wrote, directed, and produced the film "Duets," a comedy-drama that explored the world of karaoke and the relationships between its six main characters. The film starred his daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Paul Giamatti, Maria Bello, and Huey Lewis.

Though "Duets" received mixed reviews from critics, it showcased Paltrow's ability to create compelling narratives and develop complex characters in a different medium. The film's exploration of human connections and the power of music remains a testament to Paltrow's storytelling prowess.

Personal Life

Bruce Paltrow married actress Blythe Danner in 1969, and together, they had two children: Gwyneth Paltrow, born in 1972, and Jake Paltrow, born in 1975. The couple's shared love of the arts was a significant influence on their children, both of whom pursued careers in the entertainment.

Real Estate

In 1976, when Gwyneth was four years old, Blythe and Bruce purchased a large mansion in Santa Monica, California. Originally built in 1913, the 7,000 square foot mansion is located in one of Santa Monica's most prestigious neighborhoods. In 1999, Blythe and Bruce bought a modest, 2,500 square-foot home next door. Both purchase prices are not known.

In 2006, four years after Bruce's passing, Blythe sold the both homes to fashion entrepreneur Jerome Dahan. Dahan paid $8.6 million for the large mansion and $2.1 million for the smaller home. Dahan earned his fortune as the founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity jean brands. Dahan listed both homes for sale in 2020. He eventually sold the smaller home for $4 million and the larger home for $11.85 million. The larger home hit the market again in October 2022 for $17.5 million. Here's a video tour:

Around the time she sold her Santa Monica properties, Blythe Danner paid $3.125 million for a co-op apartment in New York City at One Fifth Avenue that overlooks Washington Square Park.

In 2005 she sold two properties in New York, one in Manhattan and another in the town of Waccabuc for $2.4 and $3.6 million, respectively.

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