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The television writer and producer and brother of WME’s Patrick Whitesell was 52 years old

Sean David Gerard Whitesell, a famous screenwriter and television producer who also acted as an actor, died on December 28 in Los Angeles after a battle with glioblastoma multiforme. He was 52 years old.

The fifth of 6 brothers, including WME co-founder Patrick Whitesell, Sean was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa in 1963. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and then earned a master’s degree in finance from the University of California, San Diego. He began his acting career with notable roles, including a recurring character on the series Oz and performances on Homicide: Life on the Streetas well as the role in And the band kept playing.

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Later in his career, he moved into writing and producing, serving as producer and co-executive producer of, among others, Oz, Cold Case, Black Donnellys, PerceptionAND Killing. In 2015, he was nominated for an Edgar Award for his work on the film Killing. He has also written and directed several short films, most recently Eddie and the Airman (2015), which he completed despite fighting an aggressive disease with which he was diagnosed in June 2014.

He was known for his love of basketball, sense of humor and devotion to his family, and he was able to enjoy his final months surrounded by friends and family. He is survived by his wife Maria Quiban Whitesell, their son Gus, brothers John II, Christopher, Thomas, Patrick and James, as well as several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:15 a.m. on January 2 at Saint Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles, followed by a reception at the home of his brother John. The family requests that any donations in his name be sent to the Brain Cancer Research Fund at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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