Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard Dies at 70

Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard Dies at 70
Writer/producer Gregory Allen Howard attends the Washington premiere of "Harriet" at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in Washington on Oct. 22, 2019. (Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard has died. He was 70.

Howard died Friday at a hospital in Miami of heart failure, according to publicist Jeff Sanderson.

Howard adapted stories of historical figures in “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington, “Ali” with Will Smith, and “Harriet” with Cynthia Erivo.

Born in Virginia, his family moved often due to his stepfather’s career in the Navy. After attending Princeton University, graduating with a degree in American history, Howard briefly worked at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street before moving to Los Angeles in his mid-20s to pursue a writing career.

He wrote for TV and penned the play “Tinseltown Trilogy,” which focused on three men in Los Angeles over Christmastime as their stories interconnect and inform each other.

Howard also wrote “The Harlem Renaissance,” a limited series for HBO, “Misty,” the story of prima ballerina Misty Copeland and “This Little Light,” the Fannie Lou Hamer story. Most recently, he wrote the civil rights project “Power to the People” for producer Ben Affleck and Paramount Pictures.

He is survived by a sister, Lynette Henley; a brother, Michael Henley; two nieces and a nephew.

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