Washington: Gilbert Cates, the US film and stage director who produced a record 14 Academy Award shows, has died at the age of 77.The famous producer was found collapsed in his car in a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) parking structure at about 6.30 pm on Monday, a newspaper quoted a coroner's investigator as saying.

The Los Angeles Coroner's Office is investigating the cause of the death.

Cates began producing the annual Oscar telecast in 1990, the same year he became the founding dean of UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television until he ended his tenure in 1998.

He produced the latest Oscar broadcast in 2008.