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'The White Shadow' Star Ken Howard Dead at 71

'The White Shadow' Star Ken Howard Dead at 71

SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, best known for roles in “The White Shadow,” “Crossing Jordan,” and later “30 Rock,” has died. He was 71.

The union confirmed his passing to “Extra,” but no cause of death was given. He died at his Los Angeles home.

Acting president Gabrielle Carteris remembered the actor in a statement:

“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.”

The award-winning star earned a Tony for his role as a gym coach in “Child’s Play” in 1970, and later an Emmy for his role as Phelan Beale in the 2009 HBO film “Grey Gardens.”

Howard's most recent work included “Joy” with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.