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Kevin Jarre dies at 56; screenwriter of 'Glory' and 'Tombstone'

Kevin Jarre dies at 56; screenwriter of 'Glory' and 'Tombstone'

Kevin Jarre, a screenwriter steeped in American history who wrote the Civil War saga "Glory" and the western "Tombstone," died unexpectedly of heart failure April 3 at his Santa Monica home, said his aunt, Patty Briley Bean. He was 56.

Jarre had been a self-described "Civil War freak" since childhood, when he received toy soldiers from the era for Christmas.

His interest in the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment that was one of first black units during the Civil War, was piqued when a friend, Lincoln Kirstein, observed that a photograph of Jarre on horseback resembled a statue of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's white leader.

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