Scott Marshall Smith, 'Men of Honor' and 'The Score' Screenwriter, Dies at 62

Scott Marshall Smith
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Scott Marshall Smith

He also penned 'When the Game Stands Tall,' about a record-setting high school football team.

Scott Marshall Smith, who wrote the screenplays for the Robert De Niro-starring features Men of Honor and The Score, has died of complications from a stroke, his family announced. He was 62.

Smith co-wrote When the Game Stands Tall (2014), a movie about the De La Salle High School football team in Concord, California, that won a record 151 straight games from 1992-2004. The film starred Jim Caviezel and was directed by Thomas Carter.

He also wrote, directed and produced Camera Store (2017), which featured John Larroquette and John Rhys-Davies and premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Smith spent more than two decades trying to get the film made.

Smith worked on more than 40 screenplays, for just about every major studio, during his career.

His first produced screenplay, the military drama Men of Honor (2000), directed by George Tillman Jr. and also starring Cuba Gooding Jr., was made at Fox 2000. He then contributed to the script for the Paramount crime drama The Score (2001), helmed by Frank Oz and featuring Edward Norton, Marlon Brando and Angela Bassett alongside De Niro.

Born in Monterey, California, Smith graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and began his entertainment career working for Bob Giraldi, spending four years with the famed music video director.

He moved to Los Angeles and in 1989 joined Panavision, where he supplied cameras to filmmakers including eventual Oscar winners Quentin Tarantino and Emmanuel Lubezki and served as director of marketing.

In recent years, Smith was president of Bourbon & Cigarettes Entertainment and served as a mentor for the National Film Development Corporation of India and for the London Screenwriting Festival. He was working on a psychological thriller titled Wasatch when he suffered his stroke, his family said.

Survivors include his children, Dylan, Lauren and Carly.