Greg Bell, who grew up in California, was a self-described “fierce and brilliant” man who rose to become a prominent lawyer in Los Angeles County, where he worked for more than 20 years.
But Bell, 75, died Sunday at his home in Los Feliz, California, of an apparent heart attack.
Bell was diagnosed with heart disease in 1992 and battled it for decades.
Bell died at his own home, where family and friends attended a memorial service, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He was an author and director of films including “Dirty Laundry,” which he produced with his son, Greg Bell Jr., and “My Life With Greg Bell,” a 2006 documentary.
Bell had written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Los Angeles Daily News.
He won two Academy Awards for best screenplay for “Dangerous Minds.”
He was born in California in 1942 and attended the University of Southern California.
He worked as a lawyer in L.A. and eventually became a top attorney in Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the government detonated the hydrogen bomb that devastated Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
Bell moved to Los Angeles in 1949, where his family had settled after his father’s death, and became an accomplished lawyer and filmmaker.
He later returned to L. A. to work on a series of documentaries that explored the life of Los Angeles native Gregory Bell.
In “My Home With Greg” Bell describes his father as a “good man, kind, generous, and hardworking,” and describes his work as “creative and rewarding.”
Bell was best known for his “My Love to Love You” and “Dangers of the Moon,” but he was also involved in other films, including “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and the HBO series “Veep.”
In 2002, he directed “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” about a married couple’s relationship in a small, small town in New Hampshire.
The film was nominated for an Emmy in the category of outstanding documentary and was a finalist for an Oscar in the same category.
In 2015, Bell made a documentary about the civil rights movement titled “The End of the Road,” which focused on the political and social struggles of the late 1960s and 1970s.
It won an Emmy for best documentary, the first time a documentary had won a prize.
He died on June 23 at age 75.
“He was a great, great man,” Bell’s son, Gregory Bell Jr. told the Los Angles Times.
“Greg was a man who knew what he was doing, who was not afraid to be honest and tell it like it was, and who understood that he was a writer, a filmmaker, and a journalist.”
Bell said in a statement that he wanted to thank his son for the many hours of film and television he produced and for the memories he left behind.
He also thanked his daughter, Rebecca Bell, and her family for their “wonderful support.”
Bell is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Deborah.
He is survived at his daughter-in-law, Julie Rizak, his grandchildren, Michael Bell, Gregory, and Rebecca, and two great-grandchildren.
“The life of a journalist is a life of love and laughter and a passion for learning and doing great things,” Bell said.
“To all of those who knew and loved Greg, I love you.
I will miss you dearly.”