Ken Howard, White Shadow Actor and SAG-AFTRA President, Dead at 71

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Actor and SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard has passed away at the age of 71.

Howard had been a working member of the SAG for over 40 years and was reelected as President only last year. A two-time Emmy Award winner, Howard also won a Tony Award for his work on the stage.

Ken Howard

Howard had a number of television roles for which he was known, including that on The White Shadow, in which he played a street-smart basketball coach to a bunch of inner city kids, a perfect role for the 6'6" actor.

He also played Det. Lt. Max Cavanaugh on Crossing Jordan and Garrett Boydston on Dynasty and The Colbys.

Howard received his Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the 2009 television movie Grey Gardens, for his role as Phelan Beale. The movie also starred Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

Howard was most recently seen on the big screen in the films Joy and The Judge with Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.

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