Screenwriter and TV writer Don Rhymer died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 51. From the LAT:
One of his first credits was writing an episode of the ABC family sitcom “Valerie.” He also wrote for the CBS comedies “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire.”
In the early 1990s he shifted into movies, starting with the Martin Lawrence comedy “Big Momma’s House” (2000), which he wrote with Darryl Quarles. Rhymer and Quarles teamed up again to write the sequel, “Big Momma’s House 2” (2006). Rhymer co-wrote the story for a third installment, “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” (2011).
His other writing credits include “The Santa Clause 2” (2002), “Agent Cody Banks 2” (2004), “The Honeymooners” (2005), “Surf’s Up” (2007) and “Rio” (2011).
After being diagnosed with head and neck cancer three years ago, Rhymer, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, launched a blog called “Let’s Radiate Don,” a wry and often touching commentary on his bouts with the disease, the grueling treatments and his relationships with his wife, Kate, and their three children.
Here is an excerpt from a message by Don’s wife on the blog:
Through Don’s blog, he pulled back the curtain just a bit to give us a glimpse behind his humor to the pain he dealt with every day – both emotionally and physically. But it was only a glimpse, because, true to his nature, he was protecting us from really seeing the horror of what this cancer was doing to his body. He always said that his greatest sadness in this journey was the pain he caused me, our kids, and our friends and family.
Don’s blog provided him a creative outlet, as well as a bit of sanity in this insane experience. Thank you to all of you who faithfully read it, commented on it, or shared it with friends. He got so much satisfaction when someone going through a similar situation would contact him to say how much the blog had helped them. But I don’t think Don was trying to be inspirational. I think he was just trying to be honest. He was just being himself.
Godspeed, Don Rhymer.