Clint Howard was not the star of "Salty!" The star of "Salty" was Johnny Doran, who played the boy, Tim Reed. It is Tim who befriends Salty, the sea lion, and has all the adventures. Mark Slade played his older (adult) brother, Taylor.
I also remember the marvelous Julius Harris, who, sadly, passed away recently after thirty years in the film business. I believe Isaac Hayes played a similar character to Clancy in the movie "Flipper." Also, I think both "Salty" and "Flipper" (1996) were set in Florida. But then, "Salty" was similar to the original "Flipper."
Johnny Doran continued working in film only until the early 80's. I only followed his career until the late 70's, but he was in some wonderful movies: "Rainbow", "Captains Courageous" (TV version) and the mini-series, The Bastard (in a bit part). If you see this, Johnny, write in and let us know what you're doing now!
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