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Douglas McGrath, An Oscar- And Tony-Nominated Writer And Director Dies

Douglas McGrath, An Oscar- And Tony-Nominated Writer And Director Dies
  • PublishedNovember 11, 2022

Writer-director Douglas McGrath, who won an Oscar nomination for the screenplay he co-wrote with Woody Allen for “Bullets Over Broadway” and a Tony nomination for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” passed away on Thursday. He was 64. The creators of Douglas McGrath’s solo off-Broadway production, “Everything’s Fine,” which debuted last month, made the announcement about his passing. John Lithgow was the director of the play.

How Did Douglas McGarth Die?

The cause, according to a show representative, was a heart attack however the other details are still unknown.

The Cast And Crew Of “Everything’s Fine” On The Death Of Douglas McGarth:

The “Everything’s Fine” cast released a statement thanking him for the chance to perform his solo autobiographical piece. Everyone who had the pleasure of working with him during the previous three months of production was moved by his grace, charm, and dry sense of humor. His colleagues offer their sincere condolences to his family. Elisabeth Vincentelli had praised it for having the “can’t-look-away aspect of a slow-motion accident,” saying that “you might be enraged yet happy, anxious to learn what occurred next while also dreading it.” Vincentelli tweeted after his demise that it was “a quick, dreadful shock.”

Douglas McGrath

Who Is Douglas McGarth? A Glance:

McGrath began contributing to Saturday Night Live in 1980. Later, in 1995, he was nominated for an Oscar for writing the script for Bullets Over Broadway alongside Woody Allen. He also played an actor in numerous Allen movies, such as Celebrity, Small Time Crooks, and Café Society. Additionally, he wrote and directed the 1996 adaptation of Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, the 2002 adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby with Charlie Hunnam, and the 2006 drama Infamous with Toby Jones and Truman Capote.

For writing the book for the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Graham won a Tony nomination. McGrath commended King for never asking him “to soften or ameliorate the events of her life” in an article. He also wrote the plays Checkers and The Age of Innocence. As Principal Toby Cook, McGrath has acted in multiple episodes of the HBO series Girls as well as Quiz Show, Todd Solondz’s Happiness, Michael Clayton from 2007, and other movies.

He was without a doubt a wonderful actor and person, and his passing left a vacuum in the world. He had left Henry McGrath, his son, and his wife Jane Read Martin behind.

Written By
Brian Bartel