Ray Screenwriter James L. White Dies of Cancer at 67
James L. White – who penned the 2004 movie Ray starring Jamie Foxx – has died
Screenwriter James L. White has died
White’s attorney Matthew L. Saver confirmed the news, saying that he had died at his home in Santa Monica, California – and also revealed that Sidney Poitier had given White his first screenwriting job.
Taylor Hackford – who directed Ray – told PEOPLE: “Jimmy White was a lovely man and a terrific writer. His insights as a black man growing up in the south (Kentucky) were an invaluable asset in writing the script for Ray.”
He had two projects in pre-production prior to his death, including a biopic of singer and pianist Dinah Washington.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, two daughters and a son.