Ken Howard, Actor And President Of SAG-AFTRA, Dies
March 24, 2016 at 3:54 AM (PT)
KEN HOWARD, the TONY- and EMMY-winning actor who became President of SAG-AFTRA, died WEDNESDAY (3/23) at 71.
Best known for his starring role in CBS drama "THE WHITE SHADOW" and as the CEO of "Kabletown," the COMCAST parody company in NBC's "30 ROCK," HOWARD appeared in many movies, TV shows, and plays over an illustrious career, first gaining notice playing THOMAS JEFFERSON in the BROADWAY musical "1776" (which he repeated for the film version), then winning a Tony for "CHILD'S PLAY." He won an Emmy in 2009 for HBO's "GREY GARDENS" and another as the narrator of "FACTS FOR BOYS: THE BODY HUMAN."
In 2009, he was elected President of the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD, then oversaw the 2012 merger of SAG with the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS and became the merged unions' first President.
SAG-AFTRA Acting Pres. GABRIELLE CARTERIS said, “KEN was an inspirational leader and it is an incredible loss for SAG-AFTRA, for his family and for everyone who knew him. He was a light that never dimmed and was completely devoted to the membership. He led us through tumultuous times and set our union on a steady course of excellence. We will be forever in his debt.”
National Exec. Dir. DAVID WHITE added, “KEN was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us. He was an exceptional person and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He had a remarkable career and he never forgot what it was like to be a working performer. The merger of SAG and AFTRA was something of a 'North Star' for him and, once he fixed upon it, he never wavered from that goal. My heart goes out to his loving wife, LINDA, and to their family. He will be deeply missed.”