Stage, TV and film writer-director Douglas McGrath, who earned Tony nominations for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and an Oscar for the screenplay of “Bullets Over Broadway,” co-wrote with Woody Allen, died Thursday has expired. He was 64 years old.
Dying was initiated by the producers of McGrath’s solo Off-Broadway show, “Everything Fine,” which opened last month. A current expert said that the cause was a heart attack. McGrath wrote and starred in “Everything’s Fine” and was directed by John Lithgow.
The producers noted in an announcement, “The company of ‘Everything Fine’ was honored to present its solo autobiographical show.” “Everyone who worked with him in the last three months of production was impressed by his grace, charm and sense of humour, and sends his deepest condolences to his family.”
McGrath began his writing career on the staff of “Saturday Night Live” and penned performances of “Checkers”, “The Age of Innocence” and the musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, which ran on Broadway from 2013. 2019
“Doug was smart, funny, talented, kind, a great friend and a wonderful storyteller who leaves a legacy of love and laughter,” King wrote in tribute on Instagram.
McGrath was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay for 1994’s “Bullets Over Broadway”, which he co-wrote with Allen. The screenplay was used as a foundation for the 2014 Broadway stage adaptation of Allen.
McGraw’s various films include “Emma” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and “Nicholas Nickelby” starring Charlie Hunnam, each of which he wrote and directed. He also wrote and directed the 2006 Truman Capote biopic “Infamous” starring Toby Jones.
He earned two Emmy Award nominations for guiding two documentaries for HBO: “His Way,” about famed music promoter and filmmaker Jerry Weintraub, and “Being Mike Nichols.”
He is survived by wife Jane Reed Martin and son Henry McGraw.