Ken Howard, Known for Crossing Jordan and White Shadow, Dead at 71

Ken Howard Dead Crossing Jordan

Ken Howard, who played the title character’s dad on Crossing Jordan, died Wednesday. He was 71.

The Emmy and Tony-winning actor, who also served as president of SAG-AFTRA, passed away near his home in Los Angeles, according to the organization. No cause of death was cited.

Howard starred in White Shadow, CBS’ late-1970s sports drama. His nearly 50-year acting career also included several other TV gigs, including DynastyThe Thorn BirdsMurder She Wrote and Melrose Place. More recently, he played Jack Donaghy’s Kabletown boss Hank Hooper on 30 Rock.

He took home an Emmy in 2009 for his portrayal of Phelan Beale, husband of Jessica Lange’s Big Edie, in HBO’s Grey Gardens. His most recent role was that of a mop executive in the 2015 film Joy.

Per our sister site Variety, Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009 and 2011, then re-elected as president of SAG-AFTRA after the guild merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Fetters.

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