Gregory Allen Howard Dies: Screenwriter On ‘Remember The Titans’ And Producer Was 70
28.01.2023 - 04:03
Gregory Allen Howard, the first African American screenwriter for a $100 million drama with Remember The Titans, died today in Miami, Florida following a brief illness. He was 70 and his death was confirmed by his publicist.
Howard was also the only African American screenwriter to score a $100 million spec script for Remember the Titans, which starred Denzel Washington and was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
His credits included Ali, starring Will Smith and Jamie Foxx, directed by Michael Mannas, as well as the award-winning stage play Tinseltown Trilogy. Howard was a two-time winner of the NAACP Image Awards, and also won the Christopher Award, the Howard University Paul Robeson Award for artistic excellence, and the Heartland Film Festival Award for screenwriting excellence.
Harriet, originally titled Freedom Fire, was Howard’s first feature assignment more than 28 years ago at Disney. Eventually, the movie was made and starred Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae and Joe Alwyn, with direction by Kasi Lemmons.
Born in Norfolk, VA., Howard moved often as a child before settling in Vallejo, Calif. He went on to graduate from Princeton with a degree in American History, which served him well with his focus on historical topics in his screenwriting.
After leaving Los Angeles to return to his native Virginia, Howard learned the story of the 1971 TC Williams High School football team, the Titans. Howard, who played offensive lineman on his high school and college football teams, was inspired by the unique story of the integration of the championship high school football team that people in the town of Alexandria, Virginia credited for the town’s positive race relations.
As an essayist, Howard contributed to the