Kevin Jarre, Hollywood Screenwriter, Dies at 56

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Kevin Jarre, an acclaimed screenwriter who wrote Glory and Tombstone, passed away due to heart failure at his home in Santa Monica. He was 56.

Jarre was a known history buff whose interest in the Civil War lead him to write Glory in 1989. The Denzel Washington film won three Oscars.

His 1993 classic Tombstone depicts the famed shootout at the O.K. Corral, starring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday.

Kevin Jarre also co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Devil's Own and The Mummy. He will be missed, but is survived by some terrific work.

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Kevin Jarre was a fine human being. Too few like him in Hollywood. Another Celt brought down by the studios. Sad. I knew him and admired his resolve. In 1981 I was told by producers who should know that the reason no producers or studio executives stole scripts or treatments from him was that he knew his way around pistol, knife, and punching bag. A word to the wise at the WGA...I have been stolen from by the horror-producers in Holywood precisely because I ignored his advice to buy a gun and learn how to use it.

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I FIRST MET KEVIN AS I WAS TRAINING BOXERS AT QUESTAR GYM IN LA AT THE 1984 OLYMPICS WE STUCK UP A GREAT FRIENDSHIP AS I TRAINED HIM TO BE A BETTER SPEED BAG AND HEAVY BAG STRIKER LATER WE GHOST WROTE TOGETHER AS WELL AS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WE SHARED A GREAT MANY TIMES AS WELL AS WITH JIM CRABBE HIS FORMER AGENT AND AT DAN TANNA"s HIS SCREENPLAYS AND STORIES AND IDEAS WE SHARED WERE TRULY SERIOS,HARD WORK BUT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS WONDERFUL LAUGH AND THE ARGUMENTS WE WOULD GET INTO REGARDING HOLLYWOOD ,ACTORS WRITERS,DIRECTORS BOOZERS,BOXERS,COWBOYS,HORSES,POLITICAL SCIENCE,SPIES,COUNTRIES AMERICA AND BALLET DANCERS THAT HE LOVED WHEN WE WOULD GO TO NEW YORK I WILL MISS YOU MY CRAZY BRILLIANT,STUBBORN IRISH BROTHER GODS IRISH PRAYERS BE WITH YOU AS THEY ARE USEING YOU IN HEAVEN.PEACE JOY LIVE.LOVE LAUGH.