Gary Goldstein writes for TV, film and the stage—and is now also a three-time novelist.
He has written more than 15 produced telefilms including the comedies "The Wish List," "Hitched for the Holidays," and "My Boyfriends' Dogs," and the first two movies in the "Flower Shop Mystery" series starring Brooke Shields. Gary's last TV movie, "Lights, Camera, Christmas!" premiered on Hallmark Channel in November 2022. His latest film, "Friends & Family Christmas," will air Dec 17, 2023.
His feature film "Politics of Love," a romantic comedy set during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, was released in theaters in 2011. He also wrote the feature romantic comedy, "If You Only Knew," starring Johnathon Schaech and Alison Eastwood. Gary's feature adaptation of the novel "Mr. 365" premiered on the streaming service Passionflix in 2018 and is available on Amazon Prime.
Gary has also sold or optioned a number of original screenplays, has a string of episodic TV credits and has sold half-hour comedy pilots to both NBC and Warner Bros.
He was represented on the Los Angeles stage most recently with the World Premiere of his acclaimed three-sisters dramedy "April, May & June," produced as part of its subscription season by Theatre 40 of Beverly Hills. The play won five Broadway World award nominations including Best Local Production.
Other L.A. stage credits include the comedies "Just Men," "Parental Discretion" and "Three Grooms and a Bride," which all enjoyed long, well-reviewed runs. Gary’s family drama "Curtain Call" premiered at Carmel, CA's Pacific Repertory Theatre, after winning the PacRep’s national Hyperion Playwriting Competition.
In addition, his family dramedy "To My Children's Father," was selected by Monterey, CA's Paper Wing Theatre Company to premiere in their 2018 "5th Annual Play Reading Series." Gary's latest play, "Dinner at the Harbor Reef," a drama "based on fact, rumor and Hollywood," debuted in a staged reading in 2019 at Beverly Hills' Theatre 40.
Gary's first novel, the romantic comedy The Last Birthday Party, was published August 2021 by Hadleigh House. It won a 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin award for Excellence in Fiction. His second novel, the family drama The Mother I Never Had, was published October 2022. It was named one of the "Must-Read Books of Fall 2022" by Town & Country Magazine. He recently completed his latest novel, the period college rom-com, Please Come to Boston.
Gary has also been a regular contributing film reviewer and arts feature writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2007.
A New York native, he resides in Los Angeles.