I'm sad to hear of the death of Ken Howard (at 71). He is being remembered in quickie-obits as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, star of "The White Shadow," and recurring guest star on "30 Rock." But to me, he will always be Thomas Jefferson in "1776," a role he played both on stage and screen (I've written about it several times, including this op-ed).
I had the pleasure of interviewing Howard on July 8, 2003, when we discussed that classic Broadway musical, as well as the difficulty of a 6'6" guy getting acting jobs, why "The White Shadow" couldn't get on TV today, and how he once advised Robert DeNiro on how to talk in public.
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