Scott Brazil, an executive producer and director of FX's series "The Shield," has died.
Brazil, a two-time winner at both the Emmys and the Golden Globes, died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and Lyme disease, news reports say. He was 50.
A veteran of such shows as "Hill Street Blues" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Brazil has been with "The Shield" since it premiered in 2002. He directed 11 episodes of the series, including the premiere and finale for seasons two, three and four. As a producer, he shared in the show's 2003 Golden Globe win for best drama series.
"Scott was a tremendous man, a loyal friend, a creative producer and the best director we had. However, he rarely got the credit he deserved for all those things, because he never actively sought it out," says Shawn Ryan, creator of "The Shield." "The full range of his humanity and talents was fully known only to those of us who had the privilege of working side by side with him every day. His loss is devastating to us personally and to the television industry, professionally."
Peter Ligouri, the former president of FX who's now head of FOX, says it was an honor to have worked with Brazil.
"I cannot think of anyone who engendered more affection, admiration and respect than Scott," Ligouri says. "He fiercely guarded the creative vision of 'The Shield' and zealously supported and loved all of his associates. He never drew attention to himself, and he deserves the ovation that we have for him in our hearts."
In addition to the Golden Globe for "The Shield," Brazil shared in two outstanding drama series Emmys and one Golden Globe for "Hill Street Blues" in 1983 and '84.
Brazil also directed episodes of "Grey's Anatomy," "JAG," "Nip/Tuck" and "CSI: Miami," among others. He was a co-executive producer of "Gideon's Crossing" and "L.A. Doctors" as well.
He continued to work on "The Shield" while fighting ALS, using a motorized wheelchair to get around.
Brazil is survived by his wife, Marie, two children, a brother and his parents.