Howie Long

Sports commentator, Actor, Professional football player
Spotted in the hallway by the high school coach when he'd never considered playing football, Howie Long went on to excel at the game, first on an athletic scholarship to Villanova University and later as an eight-time ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1960 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Frank Caliendo: All Over the Place 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes at Home 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXXVI 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

3,000 Miles to Graceland 2001 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

King of the Hill 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

War Games 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dollar For the Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Firestorm 1998 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The ShoWest Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

The Al Bundy Sports Spectacular 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The CLIO Awards (1995) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox NFL Primetime 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox Sports NFL '94 Football Preview 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The World's Most Dangerous Stunts! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Spotted in the hallway by the high school coach when he'd never considered playing football, Howie Long went on to excel at the game, first on an athletic scholarship to Villanova University and later as an eight-time Pro-Bowl defensive end in the National Football League. Hanging up his cleats after the 1993 season (and nine gridiron-induced operations), he made a remarkably smooth transition to TV broadcasting as a studio analyst for "NFL Fox Sunday" and as an ESPN commentator, appealing to both hard-core football nuts and a growing female audience captivated by his square-jawed good looks. Hollywood took note too, pledging to make him an action hero. Long garnered good notices for his first feature role as John Travolta's villainous sidekick in John Woo's "Broken Arrow" (1996), paving the way for his starring turn as Jesse Graves, the fearless firefighter battling a monumental blaze in "Firestorm" (1998). His 1997 Emmy Award validated him as one of the premier personalities in sports broadcasting.

Relationships

Christopher Long

Son

Kyle Long

Son

Diane Long

Wife
former corporate litigator married in 1982

Howard Long

Son
born c. 1989

EDUCATION

Villanova University

Villanova , Pennsylvania 1981
attended on a football scholarship

Milestones

2001

Had co-starring role in "3000 Miles to Graceland"

1998

TV acting debut in the TNT Western "A Dollar for the Dead"

1998

Signed five-year contract with Fox Sports

1998

Starred as fearless firefighter Jesse Graves battling a huge forest fire in "Firestorm"; broke two ribs and tore cartlage when he slipped on a pier and drove an ax handle into his rib cage

1996

Filmed scenes as Tom Hanks' lover in "That Thing You Do!" but ended up on cutting room floor

1996

Feature film debut as Kelly, John Travolta's villainous henchman, in John Woo's "Broken Arrow"

1994

Retired from football following 1993 season

1994

Began his post-player career as a studio analyst for "Fox NFL Sunday" (also worked as a commentator for ESPN)

1981

Joined the Oakland Raiders (later the Los Angeles Raiders) as defensive end and played his entire 13-year NFL career for the franchise; eight Pro Bowl selections and one Super Bowl win (1984) highlighted his playing days

At age 12, parents divorced and pretty much abandoned him; raised by his beloved grandmother and four uncles in Charleston and Milford, MA

Bonus Trivia

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"I lost that edge at the end of my [football] career. Nobody else knew it, but I did. I had to find ways to trick myself emotionally to get up for the game. I knew it was time to go. I was tired of hitting people." --Howie Long to Daily News, February 4, 1996.

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"It's ironic, but film work gives me the same adrenaline rush I used to get on the football field. That's why I want to do as many stunts as possible. If there's anything I can personally bring to the genre, it's the physicality." --Howie Long in New York Post, January 8, 1998.

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"My back is killing me. Run into other people for 20 years, you're gonna have pain. But I'd do it all again ... It's like I say to my kids: 'Good things that happen are often a byproduct of a sacrifice you've made.'" --Howie Long in USA Weekend, January 9-11, 1998.

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