Arliss Howard

Actor, Director
This versatile stage-trained character player of the 1980s and 90s first registered with a role in the high-profile ABC-TV movie "The Day After" (1983), about the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. After several years of ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1954 in Independence, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Concussion 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Joseph Maroon (Actor)

True Blood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moneyball 2011 (Movie)

John Henry (Actor)

Rubicon 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Time Traveler's Wife 2009 (Movie)

Richard DeTamble (Actor)

Awake 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Jonathan Neyer (Actor)

Medium 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Weapons 2006 (Movie)

Mikey's Uncle (Actor)

Dandelion 2005 (Movie)

Luke Mullich (Actor)

Birth 2004 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Word of Honor (TNT) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

Leon Barlow (Actor)

A Map of the World 1999 (Movie)

Paul Reverdy (Actor)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

John C Calhoun (Actor)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

Peter Ludlow (Actor)

William Faulkner's Old Man 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

johns 1997 (Movie)

John Cardoza (Actor)

The Lesser Evil 1996 (Movie)

Ivan (Actor)

Wet 1994 (Movie)

Bruce Lomann (Actor)

Wilder Napalm 1993 (Movie)

Wilder Foudroyant (Actor)

Crisscross 1992 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Ruby 1992 (Movie)

Maxwell (Actor)

Those Secrets 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

Charles Simon (Actor)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Nick Dunbar (Actor)

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

Lindroff (Actor)

Full Metal Jacket 1987 (Movie)

Pvt. Cowboy (Actor)

The Ladies Club 1986 (Movie)

Ed Bricker (Actor)

The Lightship 1986 (Movie)

Eddie Waxler (Actor)

Door to Door 1984 (Movie)

Leon Spencer (Actor)

The Prodigal 1984 (Movie)

Scott Stuart (Actor)

A Killer in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Call (TV Show)

Actor

Hands of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Iran: Days of Crisis (TV Show)

Actor

Last Flight Out (TV Show)

Actor

The Day After (TV Show)

Actor

The Infiltrator (TV Show)

Actor

The Song of the Lark (TV Show)

Actor

Till Death Us Do Part (TV Show)

Actor

You Know My Name (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Dawn Anna (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Biography

This versatile stage-trained character player of the 1980s and 90s first registered with a role in the high-profile ABC-TV movie "The Day After" (1983), about the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. After several years of bouncing between low-budget features ("The Lightship" 1985) and TV-movies ("A Killer in the Family", ABC 1983), Howard registered with audiences with his portrayal of Cowboy, a gung-ho marine, in Stanley Kubrick's devastating Vietnam saga "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). He has since turned in some fine performances in features, including "Tequila Sunrise" (1988), as Mel Gibson's drug-addicted cousin; "Men Don't Leave" (1990), as Jessica Lange's love interest; "Wilder Napalm" (1993), as Dennis Quaid's pyromaniac brother; and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), as Stockard Channing's abusive husband. More recently, he co-starred in the independent "johns" and offered a villainous turn as the British businessman out to capture dinosaurs for exhibitions in Steven Spielberg's sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (both 1997).

Relationships

Karen Howard

Wife
Divorced

Babe Howard

Son
Born June 5, 1997 mother, Debra Winger

James Howard

Brother

Holly Hunter Actor

Companion
Dated in the early 1990s

Noah Hutton

Step-Son
Born in 1987 son of Debra Winger and Timothy Hutton

Debra Winger Actor

Wife
Met c. 1993 Married Nov. 28, 1996

EDUCATION

The Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied acting with Jose Quintero and Kim Stanley

Columbia College

Columbia , Missouri
Attended on scholarship

Milestones

2009

Played Eric Bana's father in the film adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife"

2007

Appeared in the suspense thriller, "Awake"

2005

Directed the Lifetime movie, "Dawn Anna"; starring wife Debra Winger in the title role

2004

Appeared in "Birth" with Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright and Danny Huston; helmed by Jonathan Glazer

2001

Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in the NYC premiere of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"

2001

Feature directorial debut, "Big Bad Love"; also co-starred opposite Winger and co-written with brother James Howard (released theatrically in 2002)

1998

Appeared in the American Repertory Theatre staging of "How I Learned to Drive," opposite wife Debra Winger

1997

Co-starred in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"

1996

Had title role in "The Man Who Captured Eichmann" (TNT)

1995

Cast as an abusive husband in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"

1995

Appeared Off-Broadway in the acclaimed production, "The Monogamist"

1990

Played a love interest for Jessica Lange in "Men Don't Leave"

1989

Played a pedophile in the NBC miniseries "I Know My First Name is Steven"

1987

Breakthrough screen role in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"

1983

First gained attention for his performance in the controversial ABC TV-movie "The Day After"

1983

Feature acting debut, "The Prodigal"

1983

TV-movie acting debut, "A Killer in the Family"

Began acting in community theater in Kansas City, MO

After college, worked as a ranchhand in New Mexico for two years

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to appearing on stage in Los Angeles, Howard has also directed several plays.

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On making a movie: "It's really about the day-to-day communication of living with other human beings in a real closed-off environment and all the lessons you learned as a kid: Wait till it's your turn to talk. Be nice to people. Don't shout. Don't cuss. Don't steal anything. Clean up your mess." - Arliss Howard quoted in Premiere magazine, March 1990

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"Mr. Howard is no household name. He is one of those steady-working actors who usually land big parts in small films and small parts in big ones." - William Grimes writing in "Capturing the Man Who Caught Eichmann" for The New York Times, Nov. 10, 1996

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