Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1944-03-28 · Deathday: 2016-03-23 (71 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: El Centro, California, USA

50 Movies · 45 TV shows

Biography

Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr. (March 28, 1944 – March 23, 2016) was an American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow (1978–1981). Howard won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1970 for his performance in Child's Play, and later won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in Grey Gardens (2009).Howard was elected president of the actors' union, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), in September 2009 and reelected to a second term, in September 2011. He was the last president of the Screen Actors Guild and the first president of the newly formed union, SAG-AFTRA, after the Screen Actors Guild and another union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), voted to merge in 2012. He was reelected in 2015.

Early Life

Howard was born in El Centro, California, the son of Martha Carey (née McDonald) and Kenneth Joseph Howard, a stockbroker, being the elder of their two sons. His younger brother, the late Don Howard, was also an actor and director. His approximately 6-foot 6-inch (1.98 m) stature earned him the nickname "Stork" as a high school student. He grew up in Manhasset, New York, on Long Island.The nickname "The White Shadow" was given to him by the Long Island press in 1961, as, at age 17, Howard was the only white starter on the Manhasset High School varsity basketball team.A member of the National Honor Society in high school, Howard turned down several offers of basketball scholarships in favor of a more focused academic education. He graduated in 1966 from Amherst College, where he served as captain of the basketball team. He was also a member of the a cappella singing group, "The Zumbyes." He attended Yale School of Drama but left to make his Broadway debut before completing his master's degree.

Movies & TV shows

2015.

2 Movies
Joy

Joy

7.6
2015
A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer

6.8
2015
There is a problem with Doug Harris being a loveable but socially awkward groom. The owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need, ...

2014.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Better Living Through Chemistry

Better Living Through Chemistry

2014
A pharmacist's life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.
The Judge

The Judge

5.47
2014
A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
TV
The McCarthys

The McCarthys

2014
A multi-camera comedy about a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny, is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much ...

2013.

1 Movie
A.C.O.D.

A.C.O.D.

2013
A grown man is in the middle of a divorce. He discovers he was part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks havoc on his family.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Fairly Legal

Fairly Legal

4.33
2011
Kate Reed believes that justice can always be found even if it's not in the courtroom. Kate's frustration with the legal system led her to a new career as a mediator. Kate is a natural when it comes t...
J. Edgar

J. Edgar

1.5
2011
J has been the face of law enforcement in the US for 50 years. It was thought that Hoover was there. He would have been ruined by the secrets he kept.

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods

6.74
2010
A family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement are the focus of a drama. Frank Reagan is the New York Police Commissioner. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, ...
A Numbers Game

A Numbers Game

2010
Neil Black is a good looking schmoozer who can sell anything to anyone, literally. The beautiful Catherine (Madison Walls) doesn’t seem to close deals as easily as Mr. Black (Steven Bauer) and soon re...

2009.

3 Movies
The Beacon

The Beacon

2009
While trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of their four year old son, the Shaws moved to the charming old Beacon Apartments. A little boy is skulking around the building. With the h...
2:13

2:13

2009
A police profiler has just returned from psychiatric leave only to find that he is caught up in a serial killer's rampage. Fighting to keep buried the trauma of his childhood, he must confront the all...
Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

2009
Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis raised as Park Avenue débutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer h...

2008.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Eli Stone

Eli Stone

5.29
2008
Eli Stone may be the real deal, even though many lawyers consider themselves prophets. Eli has built a successful career at a top law firm in San Francisco, representing only the biggest and richest c...
Smother

Smother

2008
An everyday guy is under pressure from his wife to have a baby and from his mom to move in with a young couple after he's been fired from his job.
Rambo

Rambo

5.59
2008
When governments fail to act on behalf of captive missionaries, ex-Green Beret John James Rambo sets aside his peaceful existence along the Salween River in a war-torn region of Thailand to take actio...
Under Still Waters

Under Still Waters

2008
A married couple are threatened.

2007.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Dirty Sexy Money

Dirty Sexy Money

6
2007
The Darling family's obscene wealth and enormous power makes them easy targets for their rivals, enemies, and the tabloids. Patriarch Tripp uses his money and influence to shield his five adult chil...
Spring Thaw

Spring Thaw

2007
Katelyn 'Kate' Weston, a country girl who became a lawyer and joined an L.A. law firm years ago, specializes in defending minors having committed violent crimes who nobody else takes on. She gradually...
TV
Cane

Cane

2007
The lives and internal power struggles of a powerful and wealthy Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar cane business in South Florida.
Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton

5.46
2007
A law firm brings in a 'fixer' to fix the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

2006.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters

2006
The Walker family deals with struggles and successes.
TV
Conviction

Conviction

2006
A fast-paced character-oriented story, focuses on the lives and loves of the young assistant district attorneys in New York, following their career paths as these passionate but naive ADAs are confron...
TV
30 Rock

30 Rock

6.1
2006
30 Rock ran on NBC from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013). The series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series that airs on NBC, and is based on the experiences of he...
Arc

Arc

2006
Set in the belly of Los Angeles' criminal underworld, Arc is the story of Paris Pritchert, a former police officer turned drug dealer and addict, who embarks on a quest to find a missing child in the ...

2005.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
The Closer

The Closer

7
2005
Los Angeles has a special unit that handles high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the wo...
TV
The Office

The Office

6.41
2005
The lives of office employees in the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are depicted in this picture.
TV
Ghost Whisperer

Ghost Whisperer

6.63
2005
She tries to help the dead communicate with their loved ones when she receives intense and confusing messages. Conflicts are preventing the spirits from passing over most of the time, which is why Mel...
Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story

Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story

6
2005
Ben Crane thinks that a severely injured horse deserves another chance. The mare was adopted by him and his daughter.
In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

6
2005
Irresponsible party girl,Maggie, is kicked out of her father's and stepmother's home, where she lives for free, and is taken in by her hard-working sister, Philadelphia lawyer, Rose. Rose's sister's l...

2004.

1 TV show
TV
Boston Legal

Boston Legal

5.81
2004
In an upscale Boston law firm, Alan Shore and Denny Crane lead a brigade of high-priced civil litigators in a series focusing on the professional and personal lives of brilliant but often emotionally ...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Cold Case

Cold Case

6.2
2003
The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated t...

2002.

2 TV shows
TV
Pet Star

Pet Star

2002
Pet Star was a show on Animal Planet hosted by Mario Lopez. The show is a contest between owners and their trained pets who perform tricks. The tricks are graded by three celebrity judges on a scale o...
TV
George Lopez

George Lopez

4.5
2002
George Lopez is a comedian. The show was on ABC from March 27 to May 8.

2001.

1 TV show
TV
Crossing Jordan

Crossing Jordan

5.95
2001
Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that starsJill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief M...

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

6.07
2000
The comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and neither can anyone else, is off the hook.
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder

2000
It was difficult to investigate the murder of JonBenét Ramsey because of hysterical media coverage.

1999.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.06
1999
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
At First Sight

At First Sight

1999
A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the insistence of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.
TV
The West Wing

The West Wing

5.66
1999
The West Wing gives a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital, as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. The characters that are interesting...
TV
Family Law

Family Law

1999
Lynn Holt has had to scramble to keep her family and law firm together since her husband left her and took most of their joint practice with him. The attorneys are determined to make each month's mort...
A Vow To Cherish

A Vow To Cherish

1999
While John runs a successful business, Ellen works as a teacher and they have two beautiful children. When Ellen is diagnosed with a devastating disease, that picture is shattered. John's business sta...
Tactical Assault

Tactical Assault

1999
In this high-flying action thriller, an expert Air Force flyer finds himself forced to use every trick he has ever learned to stop a murderous, insane former colleague and friend from exacting deadly ...

1997.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
TV
The Practice

The Practice

1997
Young associates at a bare-bones Boston firm are the focus of a provocative legal drama. People who walk a moral tightrope are the focus of the show.
Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

1997
Three about-to-be-newlywed chums are taken to Australia for a photoshoot

1996.

1 TV show
TV
Arliss

Arliss

1996
A behind-the-scenes look at the glitzy, big-money world of professional sports following the eternally optimistic and endlessly resourceful L.A. sports agent Arliss Michaels whose Achilles' heel is hi...

1995.

3 Movies
OP Center

OP Center

1995
A special agency gathering a wide variety of experts monitoring international crisis has a new director in Paul Hood. Terrorists stole nuclear missiles from the former Soviet Union on his first day on...
The Net

The Net

6
1995
Bennett is a software engineer. Bennett inadvertently becomes involved in a conspiracy that will cause her life to be turned upside down and make her the target of an assassination when a cyber friend...
Her Hidden Truth

Her Hidden Truth

1995
A young Billie Calhoun is accused of killing her mother and sister in a house fire. she is taken to a juvenile detention center. When she reaches 18 she requests an early release, but it is denied. so...

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
One West Waikiki

One West Waikiki

1994
The TV show One West Waikiki was set in Hawaii and ran from 1994 to 1996. It was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy in 1995.
Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

5.93
1994
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a drug group.
Moment of Truth: To Walk Again

Moment of Truth: To Walk Again

1994
A marine is paralyzed after being shot during a training exercise, and his parents have to fight to get him proper medical care.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Diagnosis: Murder

Diagnosis: Murder

6.46
1993
Dr. Mark Sloan is a good-natured, offbeat physician who is called upon to solve murders.

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Melrose Place

Melrose Place

6
1992
Melrose Place aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999 and lasted seven seasons. The lives of a group of young adults living in a brownstone apartment complex on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, Ca...
Mastergate

Mastergate

1992
A play on words about a fictional political scandal about covert arms deals and double-dealing government operatives.

1991.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story

Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story

1991
Pamela Smart is willing to do anything to get what she wants. She doesn't like teaching and her marriage isn't exciting. She applied for a job. When her dreams of fame are dashed, she seduces Billy, o...
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker

Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker

1991
This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laur...
Oscar

Oscar

5.36
1991
He made a promise to his father that he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. He is going to keep his promise despite not having any experience making money in a legal fashi...
TV
Memories of Midnight

Memories of Midnight

1991
Catherine lost her memory and wound up in a convent in the care of nuns. She tries to discover the terrible events which led to her condition, not realizing that she's being watched by a wealthy and p...

1989.

1 Movie
The Man in the Brown Suit

The Man in the Brown Suit

1989
The novel was written by Agatha Christie. An American woman is involved in a diamond theft. Poirot and Marple were not included.

1988.

1 Movie
Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide

Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide

1988
Ken Howard hosts a series of role-playing vignettes (featuring some of Hollywood's top stars) to help parents and children deal with typical family situations involving the use of illegal drugs.

1986.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues

Rage of Angels: The Story Continues

1986
Jennifer's life changes when Warner, now Vice President of the United States, decides to see her and her son, Joshua. At the same time, Jennifer is unaware that James Moretti, an underworld figure, ho...

1985.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Colbys

The Colbys

8
1985
The Colbys aired on ABC from 1985 to 1987. Dynasty was the highest rated series in the 1980's. There is a season of television. The Colbys were related to a family that owned a large corporation. A nu...
TV
The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

6
1985
Four seniors live in a house with a lot of food. These lovely ladies form the perfect circle of friends, they are bright, promiscuous, clueless and hilarious.
Amazing Masters of Martial Arts

Amazing Masters of Martial Arts

1985
The archive footage from martial arts films offers an array of power-packed kicks, chops, leaps, and other dramatic fighting moves from expert martial artists.

1984.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Glitter

Glitter

1984
Glitter is an American television drama series broadcast by the ABC network during the 1984-1985 season. The series was produced by Aaron Spelling and was set behind the scenes of a top entertainment...
TV
Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote

7
1984
An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
He's Not Your Son

He's Not Your Son

1984
Two couples face the possibility that their infant sons, both born on the same day, were inadvertently switched at the hospital, and a chain of revelations and decisions threatens both families.

1983.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts

1983
Lawyer Amy finds herself courted by two very different men: her client, a roguish street musician named Will, and her ex John Michael. A curious triangle develops as Amy gets pregnant by Will and both...
TV
The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

3
1983
The story is based on a novel by Colleen McCullough and tells the story of three generations of the same family living on a sheep station.
Rage of Angels

Rage of Angels

1983
Based on Sidney Sheldon's novel. A young assistant district attorney (Parker) is used by a ruthless attorney (Morell) to get his client off. She is fired and almost disbarred, but fights back to becom...
TV
The Hitchhiker

The Hitchhiker

5
1983
The Hitchhiker is a mystery anthology series that aired from 1983 to 1987 on HBO and First Choice in Canada. The series later moved to the USA Network from 1989 to 1991.
TV
Rage of Angels

Rage of Angels

1983
A young assistant district attorney is used by a ruthless attorney to get his client off. She is fired and almost disbarred, but fights back to become a top attorney, torn between two lovers.

1982.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Hotel

Hotel

6.35
1982
Hotel aired on ABC from September 21, 1983 to May 5, 1988 in the time slot following Dynasty. The Gregory Hotel is in San Francisco. There is a hotel in the Nob Hill neighborhood. The personal and pro...
Victims

Victims

1982
A serial rapist gets acquitted of his crimes due to a police mishandling of the investigation. His victims decide to turn the tables on him and begin stalking him.
The Country Girl

The Country Girl

1982
Director Bernie Dodd hires alcoholic has-been actor Frank Elgin and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife Georgia.

1981.

1 TV show
TV
Dynasty

Dynasty

3
1981
The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pamp...

1980.

1 Movie
Father Damien: The Leper Priest

Father Damien: The Leper Priest

1980
Ken Howard was cast in the title role of the dramatization of the life of the 19th century priest who devoted himself to service in Hawaii's leper colony as a last-minute replacement for David Janssen...

1978.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The White Shadow

The White Shadow

1978
The White Shadow is an American drama television series that ran on the CBS network from November 27 1978, to March 16 1981.
A Real American Hero

A Real American Hero

1978
Buford Pusser, the town sheriff, is determined to get revenge after two boys are killed and two girls are blinded in a tragic accident. Pusser is determined to get the bootleg booze and the king of th...
Superdome

Superdome

1978
It's Superbowl. And there's a lot of drama, one of the players, Dave Wolecki, has been so preoccupied with the game and if his bum knee will hold out until the game, has been completely ignoring his w...

1976.

1 Movie
Independence

Independence

1976
The buildings and ground of Independence National Historical Park are given relevance and life in this film. The people and events are re-created for the visitor. Eli Wallach is Benjamin Franklin.

1974.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Manhunter

The Manhunter

1974
The Manhunter was part of the CBS lineup for the 1974–1975 television season. Ken Howard starred in the series as Dave Barret, a private investigator from Idaho. The series was executive produced.
Manhunter

Manhunter

1974
The pilot movie was for a TV series that was set in the 1930's and was about a World War I ex-marine who became a bounty hunter.

1973.

1 TV show
TV
Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib

1973
Adam's Rib was broadcast on ABC-TV from September 14 to December 28, 1973. It had 13 episodes and was produced by MGM Television. The 1949 motion picture was the basis of the series.

1972.

2 Movies
The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie

1972
A traveling salesman is lured by a teenage girl to her shack in the desert for sex. A scuzzy biker comes along and he dominates and torments both of them.
1776

1776

1972
The film focused on the representatives of the original colonies. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States and was signed after three ...

1971.

1 Movie
Such Good Friends

Such Good Friends

5
1971
Julie Messinger is an intense woman who hides her wild emotions and desires under her normal facade. Richard checks into the hospital for a mole removal that goes terribly wrong.

1970.

1 Movie
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

2
1970
Junie Moon is in the hospital. Both Arthur and Warren use a wheelchair. The unlikely trio of outcasts decide to move in together and enjoy a series of adventures as they endure various forms of prejud...

1969.

1 TV show
TV
Medical Center

Medical Center

6.17
1969
Medical Center is a medical drama series which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. It was produced by MGM Television.

1956.

1 TV show
TV
Tony Awards

Tony Awards

1956
The Tony Award for excellence in theatre is an award that recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The Broadway League presented the awards. There are awards for regional theatre and Broadway ...

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...
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