Alan Howard

Actor
Renowned for his imposing physique and resonant voice, British thespian Alan Howard was arguably the greatest Shakesperean performer of the 20th century. A member of a theatrical dynasty, Howard began his career ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1937 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (29)

Parade's End 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Voice of the Ring (Actor)

Dark Autumn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

David Copperfield 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Anna Lee: Headcase 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Rapture 1994 (Movie)

Tom French (Actor)

Fuhrer: Seduction of a Nation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dakota Road 1990 (Movie)

Alan Brandon (Actor)

Strapless 1990 (Movie)

Mr Cooper (Actor)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover 1990 (Movie)

Michael--The Lover (Actor)

The Return of the Musketeers 1989 (Movie)

Oliver Cromwell (Actor)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series I 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Oxford Blues 1984 (Movie)

Simon Rutledge (Actor)

Little Big Man 1970 (Movie)

Aolescent Jack Crabb (Actor)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

Port Ensign (Actor)

The Heroes of Telemark 1964 (Movie)

Oli (Actor)

Ladybug, Ladybug 1963 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

From These Roots 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Victim 1961 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

A Casualty of War (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Spy (TV Show)

Actor

Death In Holy Orders (TV Show)

Actor

Double Helix (TV Show)

Actor

Just Another Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Notorious Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Pride and Extreme Prejudice (TV Show)

Actor

The Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Renowned for his imposing physique and resonant voice, British thespian Alan Howard was arguably the greatest Shakesperean performer of the 20th century. A member of a theatrical dynasty, Howard began his career treading the boards in various West End productions before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 where he would remain until the early '80s. Howard played all of the Bard's British kings during his remarkable tenure, winning numerous awards for his portrayals of Henry IV, Richard II and Coriolanus in particular, and continued to cement his national treasure status following his departure with an array of memorable National Theatre performances in "Pygmalion," "Les Parents Terribles" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." Howard's film and television career was less prolific, but he still managed to make a significant impression whenever he appeared on screen, most notably as intelligence officer Jack Brotherhood in the John le Carre adaptation "A Perfect Spy" (BBC1, 1987), The Lover in Peter Greenaway's black comedy "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989) and Oliver Cromwell in "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989). His casting as the voice of The Ring in Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogy introduced his unmistakable booming tones to a whole new audience.

Relationships

Sally Beauman

Wife
married in 1976

Stephanie Davies

Wife
married in 1965 divorced

Arthur Howard

Father
born in 1910 died in 1995

Leslie Howard Actor

Uncle
Born in 1893 died in 1943

Jean Howard

Mother

James Howard

Son

EDUCATION

Ardingly College

West Sussex
boarding school

Milestones

2001

Voice of The One Ring in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy

1997

Co-starred with Ben Kingsley in a West End revival of "Waiting for Godot"

1996

Starred in the National Theater productions of "Oedipus Tyrranos" and "Oedipus at Colonus"

1994

Acted in "Anna Lee: Headcase", an A&E movie

1993

Last feature to date, "The Secret Rapture", adapted from David Hare's play

1991

Narrated "Fuhrer: Seduction of a Nation" (PBS)

1989

Portrayed Oliver Cromwell in Richard Lester's "The Return of the Three Musketeers"

1989

Acted opposite Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon in "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"; played the titular "lover"

1989

Co-starred in David Hare's "Strapless"

1987

Acted the part of Maurice Wilkins in TV movie, "Double Helix", about the men who identified DNA

1984

Played Simon Rutledge in "Oxford Blues"

1982

Reprised "Good" role on Broadway; earned Tony nomination

1981

Portrayed John Halder, a university professor becoming a Nazi, in "Good"

1977

Portrayed the title roles in "Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III" and "Coriolanus"

1975

First appearance on American TV, "Notorious Woman", broadcast as episodes of "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)

1975

Acted the part of Prince Hal in "Henry IV, Parts I and II"

1970

Broadway debut, reprising Theseus and Oberon

1969

Played title role in Trevor Nunn's "Hamlet", Mephistopholes in "Doctor Faustus", Ceres in "The Tempest" and Theseus and Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1968

Earned the London Theatre Critics Award for Most Promising Actor

1967

Became an associate artist at the RSC

1966

First performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of "Twelfth Night", "Henry V" and "The Revenger's Tragedy"

1961

Feature debut as Frank in "Victim"

1959

London stage debut as Frankie Bryant in "Roots"

1958

Worked as a stage hand and assistant stage manager at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, England; made acting debut there as Footman in "Half in Earnest"

Portrayed Sam McCready in six episodes of "Frederick Forsyth Presents" (USA Network)

Played title roles in "Richard II" and "Richard III"

Bonus Trivia

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Named a Commander of the British Empire in 1997

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Howard's first on-screen role was as Colin Mower in two episodes of medical drama "Emergency - Ward 10" (ITV, 1957-1967).

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Howard was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 1998.

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As part of Howard's 70th birthday celebrations in 2007, writer friend Julian Barnes organised a quintet of specially-written new pieces for performance on Radio 4.

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