Henry Bromell
Alfred Henry Bromell

(1947-09-19)September 19, 1947
DiedMarch 18, 2013(2013-03-18) (aged 65)
Alma materEaglebrook School
United World College of the Atlantic
Amherst College
  • Novelist
  • screenwriter
  • film director
Years active1994–2013
Spouse(s)Caroline Thompson (m. 1982-85)
Trish Soodik (–2009)
Sarah (−2013)

Alfred Henry Bromell (September 19, 1947 – March 18, 2013) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and director.


Bromell joined the crew of NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street in 1994. He served as a writer and co-executive producer for the show's third season. He contributed to writing seven episodes for the season. He was promoted to executive producer for the fourth season and wrote a further 17 episodes. He scaled back his involvement with the fifth season and became a consulting producer. He wrote a further two episodes before leaving the crew at the end of the season in 1997. He contributed to a total of 26 episodes as a writer over three seasons with the series. He returned as a co-writer and co-executive producer for the feature-length follow-up Homicide: The Movie in 2000.

He wrote and produced for many television series, including Chicago Hope, Northern Exposure, Homicide: Life on the Street, Brotherhood, Carnivàle, and Rubicon. He was a consulting producer, and later executive producer on the Showtime series Homeland at the time of his death and wrote four episodes: "The Good Soldier", "Representative Brody", "Q&A", and "Broken Hearts". He was awarded a Writers Guild of America Award for "The Good Soldier", and he was posthumously awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for "Q&A".[1] He shared the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama with the other producers of Homeland in 2012.[2] He was nominated in the same category at the Emmys for his work on the 1993 TV series I'll Fly Away,[2] for which he was awarded a Writers Guild of America Award for the episode titled "Amazing Grace".

Bromell wrote and directed the feature film Panic (2000), which was nominated for the top prize at the Deauville Film Festival, and tele-movie Last Call (aka Fitzgerald), with Jeremy Irons playing writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Bromell co-wrote the pilot of the USA Network TV series Falling Water, which he co-created with Blake Masters.[3]

Personal life

Bromell attended Eaglebrook School (1963) and the United World College of the Atlantic (1964–1966).[4] He graduated from Amherst College in 1970. He won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award for his first novel, The Slightest Distance.[5][6] His collection of short stories, I Know Your Heart, Marco Polo, was published by Knopf.[7] Bromell's work has appeared in two O. Henry Award collections.

Bromell's first wife was the screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson. He then married writer Trish Soodik, who died of cancer in January 2009; they had a son, William. His third wife was Sarah.

Bromell died March 18, 2013, of a heart attack, at UCLA Santa Monica hospital at age 65.[8][9]

Selected bibliography


  1. ^ Harnick, Chris (September 22, 2013). "Henry Bromell Wins Posthumous Emmy For 'Homeland'". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Primetime Emmy Awards Advanced Search". Emmys.org. Archived from the original on April 3, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Warren, Andrew. "A Tennessee tale: Dolly Parton's most famous story is coming to the screen". TV Media.
  4. ^ Henry Bromell "Honour bound", The New Yorker, October 11, 2010
  5. ^ January 5, 1975 The Slightest Distance (book review). New York Times Book Review
  6. ^ Oates, Joyce Carol (April 1, 1979). Full of Promising Material; Bromell. New York Times Book Review
  7. ^ Broyard, Anatole (April 7, 1979). Books of The Times: A Second Naivete; A Folk-Rock Story A Bit Burdened. New York Times
  8. ^ Braxton, Greg (March 19, 2013). "Henry Bromell, 'Homeland' executive producer, dies at 65". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "'Homeland' producer Henry Bromell dies at 65". USA Today. March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.