Ken Howard

Actor, Composer, Producer
A Tony Award-winning Broadway actor at the beginning of his career, Ken Howard enjoyed a few leading primetime television roles in the 1970s, but spent the majority of his career as a prolific character actor in film ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1944 in El Centro, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Joy 2015 (Movie)

Mop Executive (Actor)

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

Ed Palmer (Actor)

ARC 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Better Living Through Chemistry 2014 (Movie)

Walter Bishop (Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Beacon 2014 (Movie)

Officer Ford (Actor)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Judge Warren (Actor)

30 Rock 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

A.C.O.D. 2013 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

General Harlan F. Stone (Actor)

The Closer 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Sexy Money 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Proud American 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Sullivan (Actor)

Rambo 2008 (Movie)

Rev. Arthur Marsh (Actor)

Smother 2008 (Movie)

Gene Cooper (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2001 - 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1994 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

Don Jeffries (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sacrifices of the Heart 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nine 2001 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 2003, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Office 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Double Dare 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 (Movie)

Bill Ford (Actor)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

Michael Feller (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chasing the Sun 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Virgil's Father (Actor)

The West Wing 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Client 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Net 1995 (Movie)

Bergstrom (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Committee Chairman (Actor)

Moment of Truth: To Walk Again 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

One West Waikiki 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ulterior Motives 1992 (Movie)

Malcolm Carter (Actor)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Kirkwood (Actor)

Challenge the Wind 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Agatha Christie's "The Man in the Brown Suit" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream Girl USA 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colbys 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Pudd'nhead Wilson 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Thoughts 1983 (Movie)

John Michael Tombs (Actor)

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Father Damien: The Leper Priest 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence 1975 (Movie)

Thomas Jefferson (Actor)

Manhunter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam's Rib 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunter 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

1776 1972 (Movie)

Thomas Jefferson (Actor)

Such Good Friends 1971 (Movie)

Cal Whiting (Actor)

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie 1971 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

A Real American Hero (TV Show)

Actor

A Vow to Cherish (TV Show)

Actor

Grey Gardens (TV Show)

Actor

Hart to Hart Returns (TV Show)

Actor

He's Not Your Son (TV Show)

Actor

Her Hidden Truth (TV Show)

Actor

It's Not Easy (TV Show)

Actor

Rage of Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Interlude (TV Show)

Actor

Superdome (TV Show)

Actor

Tactical Assault (TV Show)

Actor

The Critical List (TV Show)

Actor

The White Shadow (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Clancy's Op Center (TV Show)

Actor

Victims (TV Show)

Actor

What Happened? (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Challenge the Wind 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Challenge the Wind 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A Tony Award-winning Broadway actor at the beginning of his career, Ken Howard enjoyed a few leading primetime television roles in the 1970s, but spent the majority of his career as a prolific character actor in film and on television. Howard's most memorable headlining television role was that of a retired NBA player-turned-coach of an inner city high school basketball coach on "The White Shadow" (CBS, 1978-1981), which showcased his talent for conveying authority and leadership softened by an emotional accessibility. That quality led Howard to be cast in countless guest roles as judges, doctors and men of the cloth on procedural dramas and sitcoms alike. Meanwhile, he starred as many an athlete and protective family man in decades of made-for-television movies. Longer-running recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07), "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) and "Cane" (CBS, 2007) assured that the prolific character player maintained his name recognition throughout his career, though his onscreen presence invariably brought up fond memories of the groundbreaking, racially mixed television series that established his career. Ken Howard died on March 23, 2016 at the age of 71.

Relationships

Kenneth J Howard Sr

Father
Died in 1995 of complication from Alzheimer's Disease

Martha Carrey

Mother

Linda Fetters Stunts

Wife

Margo Howard Actor

Wife

Adam Howard

Step-Son
Son of Margo Lederer and John Coleman

Donald Howard

Brother
Born c. 1952 died of liver disease on in 1999 at age 47

Louise Sorel Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
Member of the a capella singing group, "The Zumbyes"

Manhasset High School

Manhasset, New York
Played on the basketball team

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
Attended Yale's School of Drama, but left to make his Broadway debut before completing his master's degree

Milestones

2011

Portrayed Harlan Fiske Stone in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2011

Guest starred on NBC's "30 Rock"

2009

Gave an acclaimed performance as Phelan Beale, Big Edie's husband (Jessica Lange) in the HBO film "Grey Gardens"

2007

Co-starred with George Clooney and Tilda Swinton in Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton"

2007

Cast as the primary villain on the short-lived CBS series "Cane" with Jimmy Smits

2005

Played the father of Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette in the film adaptation of Jennifer Weiner's "In Her Shoes"

2003

Published the book <i>Act Natural: How to Speak to Any Audience</i>, based on the drama courses he has taught at Harvard University

2001

Returned to series work playing the retired policeman/bar owner father of Jill Hennesey's title character in NBC's "Crossing Jordan"

1999

Portrayed Val Kilmer's father in "At First Sight"

1995

Co-starred in "The Net" with Sandra Bullock

1995

Appeared in the off-Broadway production of "Camping with Henry and Tom"

1994

Had a recurring role on Fox's "Melrose Place" as George Andrews, Jane Mancini's (Josie Bissett) father

1990

Co-wrote and co-produced the feature "Challenge the Wind"

1986

Hosted the syndicated series "Dream Girl USA"

1985

Played the regular role of Garrett Boydston on both ABC shows "Dynasty" and "The Colbys"

1983

Returned to sitcoms with "It's Not Easy" (ABC)

1978

Starred on the CBS drama series "The White Shadow"

1977

Collaborated with Blythe Danner in the TV-movie "The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer" (NBC)

1974

Played the title role on the short-lived CBS series "Manhunter"

1973

Made TV series debut on the ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib"; again starred opposite Danner

1972

Recreated role of Jefferson in the feature film "1776"; first collaboration with Blythe Danner

1969

Won raves for his work in "Child's Play" on Broadway

1969

Made film debut in "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon"

1968

Appeared as Thomas Jefferson in "1776" on Broadway

1967

Left Yale University to take small part in the Broadway production of "Promises, Promises"

Bonus Trivia

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Howard owned two popular restaurants in the Boston area: Rustic Kitchen and Mario's Place.

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Ken Howard underwent a kidney transplant in July 2000. It was revealed in People magazine (Oct. 2, 2000) that the donor was stunt-woman Jeannie Epper whose brother Tony was Howard's stunt double on the CBS series "Manhunter."

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