Magazine article Variety

SAG-AFTRA President Often Played Leaders

Magazine article Variety

SAG-AFTRA President Often Played Leaders

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Emmy and tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor and president of SAG-AFTRA known for starring in "The White Shadow," "Crossing Jordan" and more recently for his appearances on "30 Rock," died March 23 at 71.

Howard earned an Emmy for his performance in HBO's 2009 film "Grey Gardens." Decades earlier, in 1970, he won a Tony for his portrayal of a teacher in the drama "Child's Play."

CBS' progressive drama "The White Shadow" (1978-81) explored the sometimes awkward, sometimes tense, sometimes funny aspects of race relations within the context of a high school basketball team whose players were mainly black. Howard played the team's white coach, a former NBA player. The series represented TV's first ensemble drama with a predominantly African-American cast.

On NBC procedural "Crossing Jordan," which ran from 2001-05, Howard played the ex-cop father of the title character. …

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