John Howard

Actor
John Howard was a 20th-century actor who was one of the earliest screen stars to transition into television. He launched his career producing numerous films with Paramount Pictures throughout the 1930s, most notably as ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

My Three Sons 1960 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buck and the Preacher 1971 (Movie)

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The High and the Mighty 1954 (Movie)

Howard Rice (Actor)

The Fighting Kentuckian 1949 (Movie)

Blake Randolph (Actor)

Texas Rangers Ride Again 1940 (Movie)

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The Philadelphia Story 1940 (Movie)

George Kittredge (Actor)

Bulldog Drummond in Africa 1937 (Movie)

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Hitting a New High 1936 (Movie)

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Lost Horizon 1936 (Movie)

George Conway (Actor)

Valiant Is the Word For Carrie 1935 (Movie)

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Annapolis Farewell (Movie)

Duncan Haley (Actor)

Bulldog Drummond's Peril (Movie)

Bulldog Drummond (Actor)

Disputed Passage (Movie)

John Wesley Beaven (Actor)

Father Takes a Wife (Movie)

Junior (Actor)

Grand Jury Secrets (Movie)

John Keefe (Actor)

Green Hell (Movie)

Hal Scott (Actor)

Isle of Missing Men (Movie)

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Love from a Stranger (Movie)

Nigel Lawrence (Actor)

Mountain Music (Movie)

Ardinger (Actor)

The Undying Monster (Movie)

Oliver Hammond (Actor)

The Way to the Stars (Movie)

Shelter Officer (Actor)

What a Life (Movie)

Mr. Nelson (Actor)

Biography

John Howard was a 20th-century actor who was one of the earliest screen stars to transition into television. He launched his career producing numerous films with Paramount Pictures throughout the 1930s, most notably as Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, the star of the "Bulldog Drummond" adventure series of films that were released en masse between 1937 and 1939. Howard's numerous co-stars en route included John Barrymore, Louise Campbell, and Reginald Denny. His most illustrious film projects, however, were outside the Paramount umbrella, particularly Frank Capra's 1937 drama "Lost Horizon", in which Howard played George Conway alongside star Ronald Colman's Robert Conway, and as George Kittredge, Katherine Hepburn's fiancé in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy "The Philadelphia Story", from 1940, which also starred Cary Grant and James Stewart. After serving with honors in the Navy during World War II, Howard returned to less glamorous, and less central, film roles, though he did keep intermittently active from the late 1940s to the mid 1970s. He was an early adopter of television, meanwhile, making the rounds on numerous theater/playhouse shows starting in the late '40s, and in the latter '50s played two series leads: the title character on the medical drama "Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal" and as Commander John "Pliny" Hawk on "Adventures of the Sea Hawk". Through the '60s, Howard earned spots on many of the decade's top shows, meanwhile working as headmaster at the Highland Hall private school. Howard died at age 81 from heart failure.

Relationships

Eva Howard

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland , Ohio
member of Phi Beta Kappa

Milestones

2003

Cast in "Japanese Story," starring Toni Collette

2001

Appeared in "The Man Who Sued God," which starred Billy Connolly and Judy Davis

1991

Portrayed Silverthorn in the television movie "The Girl From Tomorrow"

1988

Cast in "A Cry in the Dark" a true story of a mother whose child was killed in an animal attack, only to have herself accused of the infant's murder

1986

Again returned to films to appear in his last, "The Aurora Encounter"

1975

One-shot return to feature films after a thirty-year absence, "Moonrunners"

1933

First notable feature film role, in "Day of Reckoning"

Retired from films after appearing in small roles in "I Escaped from the Gestapo" (1943) and "The Woman in the Window" (1944)

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Croix de Guerre for valor and Navy Cross during WWII.

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