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Ken Howard (1944 - 2016)

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Ken Howard (1944 - 2016)

Ken Howard, the actor who was known best for starring as a basketball coach on the TV sports drama “The White Shadow,” has died, according to Variety and multiple other news sources. He was 71.

The actor appeared on many television shows including “Dynasty,” “The West Wing,” and “30 Rock.” He also had roles in feature films including “Clear and Present Danger” starring Harrison Ford.

His most popular role, however, was that of Coach Ken Reeves on “The White Shadow.” Reeves was a former NBA player who becomes the head coach at a tough inner-city school. The show ran on CBS from 1978 until 1981.

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Howard earned an Emmy Award for his performance as Phelan Beale, the husband of Jessica Lange’s Big Edie, in HBO’s 2009 film “Grey Gardens.” He also won a Tony Award in 1970 for his role in “Child’s Play.”

Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in September 2009 and re-elected to a second term in September 2011. At the time of his death, he was the president of SAG-AFTRA.

He is survived by his third wife, former stuntwoman Linda Fetters, whom he married in 1992. One of his two ex-wives is Margo Howard, the daughter of the late advice columnist Ann Landers.

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