Screenwriter Kevin Jarre has passed away at the age of 56. His aunt Patty Briley Bean tells the LA Times that he died unexpectedly of heart failure on April 3 at his home in Santa Monica, CA. He was a history buff and it was his research on the first black Civil War regiment that inspired him to write the 1989 Oscar-winning movie “Glory.”
He went on to write the screenplay for the 1993 movie “Tombstone.” Other credits include “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” “The Devil’s Own” and “The Mummy.” It turns out he also began as director for “Tombstone,” but was replaced by George P. Cosmatos, but Jarre’s Charlton Heston scenes are included in the film.
He is preceded in death by his adopted father, Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre and his mother, actress Laura Devon. He is survived by his half-siblings, brother Jean-Michel Jarre, who is also a composer for movies, and sister Stefanie Jarre, who is a set decorator and production designer.
Just as an aside – “Glory” is a wonderful film. “Tombstone” is also one of our favorite movies. It may not have won a lot of critical acclaim, but we love it. Thanks for those, Kevin Jarre.