Respected drama writer's long list of credits included 'Northern Exposure,' 'Homicide' and 'I'll Fly Away'
Henry Bromell, a respected writer and showrunner with a long list of credits on prestigious TV dramas including most recently “Homeland,” died Monday of heart-related complications at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. He was 65.
Bromell went to the hospital late Monday morning complaining of shortness of breath. Doctors decided to admit him for observation but he collapsed in a waiting area at about 3:30 p.m. and was unable to be revived.
Bromell had been working on upcoming third season of “Homeland,” where he was an exec producer. His other credits include “I’ll Fly Away,” “Northern Exposure,” “Homicide: Life of the Street,” “Brotherhood,” “Chicago Hope” and “Rubicon.” He also penned multiple novels and directed the 2000 feature “Panic,” among other TV episodes and telepics.
“Henry was a profoundly decent and generous man,” “Homeland” exec producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon said in a statement. ” A great writer and a great friend. No matter how crazy things got, when he was in the room, you knew everything was going to be okay. Everybody here at ‘Homeland’ is grieving, and we will miss him beyond words.”
Showtime in a statement called Bromell “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.”
“Homeland” producer Fox 21 echoed that sentiment. “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.’ ”
Bromell spent time in the Middle East growing up with his father, who was a CIA station chief in Iran. Bromell incorporated those experiences into the 2002 novel “Little America.” His other books include “The Slightest Distance” and the short story collection “I Know Your Heart, Marco Polo.”
He graduated from Amherst College in 1970.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah, and two sons.