Kevin Jarre

Kevin Noel Clark (August 6, 1954 – April 3, 2011) was an American screenwriter, actor, and film producer. He adopted the last name of his adoptive father, Maurice Jarre.

Kevin Jarre
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Kevin Noel Clark

(1954-08-06)August 6, 1954
DiedApril 3, 2011(2011-04-03) (aged 56)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, actor
Parent(s)Laura Devon
Maurice Jarre (adoptive father)


Jarre was born in Detroit, Michigan, to actress Laura Devon, and was the adopted son of French composer Maurice Jarre, whom Devon married in the 1960s.

After his parents divorced, he lived with his father in Wyoming for a while, then he returned with his mother, married at that time to the actor Brian Kelly.

He was the half-brother of Jean-Michel Jarre and Stéfanie Jarre.


His better-known screenplays include Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Glory (1989), and Tombstone (1993). Jarre was actually hired to direct Tombstone as well, but he was fired a month into shooting and replaced by George P. Cosmatos.[1]

Jarre also wrote the screenplays for The Mummy (1999) and The Devil's Own (1997), and produced The Jackal (1997). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and a WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Glory.

He began directing Tombstone (1993) from his own screenplay but was replaced by George P. Cosmatos. Jarre's scenes featuring Charlton Heston are still featured in the finished film.

He had a role in the short A Hero of Our Time (1985), directed by Michael Almereyda and based on Mikhail Lermontov's novel of the same title, and screened in the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. He also appeared in the film Gotham, the only movie directed by Lloyd Fonvielle.

He had a profound interest in history since childhood. He was especially fascinated by the American Civil War, which led to his in-depth research of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment which inspired his screenplay for Glory (1989). He played a bit part as a quarrelsome soldier in the same film.

He published the screenplay of The Devil's Own as The Devil's Own: A Novel in 1997.

Jarre died in Santa Monica, California, of heart failure, aged 56.[2]


Year Film Credit Notes
1985 A Hero of Our Time The Hero (Actor) Short
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II Story by
1988 The Tracker Written by TV movie from HBO, also known as Dead or Alive in some countries
1988 Gotham Tim (Actor) TV movie from Showtime
1989 Glory Screenplay by, Actor He played the role of 10th Connecticut Soldier (uncredited)
1990 Navy Seals Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Chuck Pfarrer, Gary Goldman & Alvin Sargent
1993 Tombstone Written by, Directed by Director of the Charlton Heston scenes, uncredited
Judgement Night Screenplay by, written by Co-wrote screenplay with Lewis Colick & Jere Cunningham
1997 The Devil's Own Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote screenplay with David Aaron Cohen & Vincent Patrick
The Jackal Producer, Screenplay by Uncredited revision
1999 The Mummy Story by, executive producer Co-wrote story with Lloyd Fonvielle and Stephen Sommers


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  2. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. (April 22, 2011). "Kevin Jarre dies at 56; screenwriter of 'Glory' and 'Tombstone'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 29, 2011.

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