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March 19, 2013

Henry Bromell, Writer and Producer, Won Primetime Emmy for Homeland

In addition to his work on Homeland, Bromell, who began his career as a fiction writer,wrote for such TV shows as Northern Exposure, I'll Fly Away, Carnivale and Rubicon.

Henry Bromell, a writer, producer and director who won a Primetime Emmy last year as a producer of the Showtime drama Homeland, died March 18, 2013, in Santa Monica, California. He was 65.

According to news reports, the cause was a heart attack.

Bromell, a graduate of Amherst College, spent much of his upbringing overseas, where his father, a CIA agent in the Middle East, was posted.

His first professional success came as a fiction writer. In the 1970s he published several stories in The New Yorker, as well as two story collections. Many of his stories drew upon his experience as the son of an intelligence operative.

After moving to California, where he sought to pursue screenwriting, a chance meeting with television writer John Falsey led to a job on the CBS series Northern Exposure. He went on to write for such other series as I'll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Chicago Hope and Brotherhood.

More recently, he wrote for the short-lived AMC series Rubicon, which also allowed his to draw on his background in the realm of U.S. intelligence. That experience also served him well on Homeland, which stars Claire Danes as an obsessive CIA agent.

In addition to his TV work, Bromell wrote and directed the feature films Panic and Last Call, and wrote three novels.

At a Homeland panel discussion at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bromell, who had published told a reporter that he was working on another novel.

In a statement, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox 21, producers of Homeland, said: "We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on Homeland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children."

Showtime, for which Bromell worked on both Homeland and Brotherhood, also released a statement: "We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has been a part of the Showtime family for over a decade. Henry was an immensely talented and prolific writer, director and showrunner, and his work on Brotherhood and Homeland was nothing short of brilliant. His passion, warmth, humor and generosity will be greatly missed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family."

In addition to his Emmy, Bromell won a Golden Globe as a producer of Homeland. He also received a 2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Homeland.

For his work on I'll Fly Away, he earned a Humanitas Prize as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series.

Read more at:

Hollywood Reporter

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

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