Jack B. Sowards, writer, 78

Scribe wrote 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'

Film and television writer Jack B. Sowards died of complications of ALS and COPD on July 8 in Valley Village, Calif. He was 78.

Sowards was perhaps best known for his screenplay “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

Born in Texarkana, Ark., he joined the Marines in 1947 and then studied theater at the U. of Texas, Austin .

In 1954, Sowards moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career and found roles in low budget war movies, local theater productions, and TV roles including “Peyton Place.”

He turned to TV writing and producing in the mid-60s, and was a writer/story editor for “Bonanza,” “High Chaparral,” “Daniel Boone,” “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

In his later years, he taught screenwriting through UCLA’s graduate program.

He is survived by three daughters, a son, two granddaughters and a sister.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety