Saturday, 4 May 2013

Mike Gray dies: Nuclear power plant safety activist wrote ' China Syndrome'

Mike Gray dies: Nuclear power plant safety activist wrote ' China Syndrome', at age 77. The writer and filmmaker, who was also an activist for nuclear power plant safety and who scribed the original screenplay for "The China Syndrome," passed away in his Los Angeles home, according to the UPI on May 3.

Back in the late 1970s, Gray rose to fame when his movie about the dangers of nuclear power in a shoddy plant in the United States ironically came out only a dozen days before the Three Miles Island nuclear reactor went into meltdown mode in Pennsylvania. "The China Syndrome," featured legendary talents Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas in a thriller about a serious and, obviously, extremely current situation.

Later, Mike Gray penned the missive called "The Warning," a book that addressed the accident at Three Mile Island. He also wrote highly researched non-fiction accounts regarding America's drug problems. One is called "Drug Crazy" which was published in 1998, and another is called "Busted," which was published in 2004.

Gray hails from Chicago but relocated to Los Angeles where this creative man made his mark on television as co-creator of "Starman." After that, he was writer and producer for "Star Trek: The Next Generation."At the time of his death, Mike was working alongside Andy Davis and Haskell Wexler on a documentary about former Black Panther Robert E. Lee III..

Gray is survived by his wife, Carol, and his son, Lucas.

RIP Mike Gray, RIP.

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