Tribute: Ken Howard

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

We mourn the loss of actor and activist Ken Howard, who has died at age 72. He played Thomas Jefferson in the historical musical 1776.

He starred in a television series called “The White Shadow” as a former NBA player turned high school coach, with a diverse cast and frankness about racial issues that was unusual for the time.

He appeared in over 100 movies and television shows, most recently with Tina Fey in “30 Rock,” Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy” and Robert Downey, Jr. in “The Judge.”

Howard had an elegance, grace, natural intelligence, and charm that he brought to all of his performances. He was elected president of the union that represents actors, reflecting the respect of his colleagues and his many efforts on their behalf.

May his memory be a blessing.

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