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Overview (4)

Born in El Centro, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (undisclosed)
Birth NameKenneth Joseph Howard Jr.
Height 6' 6¾" (2 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ken Howard was elected the National President of The Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He was a working member of SAG for over forty years. The Tony and two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, most recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Phelan Beale in critically-acclaimed Grey Gardens (2009). The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning film starred Golden Globe-winner Drew Barrymore and fellow Emmy-winner Jessica Lange.

He starred opposite Jimmy Smits in the CBS drama Cane (2007) as "Joe Samuels". Howard portrayed the world-wise retired Detective Lieutenant "Max Cavanaugh" on NBC's Crossing Jordan (2001) and is perhaps best known for his performance as a street-savvy teacher in the classic drama The White Shadow (1978). He taught master classes at the American Repertory Theatre Institute and was an instructor at Harvard University and Harvard Law School. His teaching experience helped form the basis for his book, ACT NATURAL: How to Speak to Any Audience, published by Random House in 2003.

In 1968, two years into the three-year program at the Yale School of Drama, he accepted a small role on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Promises, Promises". He originated the role of Thomas Jefferson in the Tony-winning musical 1776 (1972), directed by Peter H. Hunt, receiving a Theatre World Award. Howard earned his Tony for his work as a young gym coach at a Catholic Boys' school in "Child's Play". He starred on Broadway in "Seesaw", "The Norman Conquests", "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" and the national tour of "Equus". In 2008, Howard starred in the one-man play, "According to Tip". His award-winning performance as Tip O'Neill was critically acclaimed.

His feature-film debut was in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), opposite Liza Minnelli. Additional films: 1776 (1972), Such Good Friends (1971), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Net (1995), At First Sight (1999), 2:13 (2009), A Numbers Game (2010) and The Beacon (2009). He delighted movie audiences in 2005 with his work in FOX 2000's In Her Shoes (2005), with Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine, and in Dreamer (2005), for Dreamworks, co-starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. He starred with Sylvester Stallone in Rambo (2008) (aka "Rambo IV"), Michael Clayton (2007) with George Clooney and Smother (2008) opposite Diane Keaton. He became firmly established in the public's mind as "Coach Ken Reeves" on MTM's prestigious The White Shadow (1978), a series which he co-created, based on his own experiences as the only white player on his high school basketball team. "White Shadow" fans can revisit the critically-acclaimed series of seasons 1 and 2 on DVD. He co-starred on the series It's Not Easy (1982), The Colbys (1985) and Dynasty (1981). He guest-starred in numerous prime-time shows: Boston Legal (2004), Dirty Sexy Money (2007), Eli Stone (2008), Cold Case (2003), Brothers & Sisters (2006), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Arli$$ (1996), The West Wing (1999), Conviction (2006), Ghost Whisperer (2005), George Lopez (2002) and Showtime's Huff (2004), opposite his dear friend, Blythe Danner. He had a recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) and The Practice (1997). He starred in Sacrifices of the Heart (2007) for the Hallmark Channel. Miniseries include Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000), The Thorn Birds (1983), Rage of Angels (1983), OP Center (1995), Mastergate (1992), He's Not Your Son (1984), The Country Girl (1982), Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story (1991), Memories of Midnight (1991). Howard's first Emmy Award was for the on-camera narration of "Facts for Boys: The Body Human". His voice can be heard on more than 30 best-selling books on tape. A kidney transplant success (the gift of longtime friend and stunt-woman Jeannie Epper), Howard was appointed Chancellor of the National Kidney Foundation, and worked with their efforts to encourage people to donate their organs. He was a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Committee and, along with his wife, Linda, served as Board members of Shambala Animal Preserve. He was also the national spokesperson for the Onyx and Breezy Foundation. Howard resided in Los Angeles, with his wife, retired stunt-woman Linda Fetters Howard Howard, and their recently rescued dogs, Harley Hoops and Hannah Henrietta.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Cynthia Snyder

Family (3)

Spouse Linda Fetters Howard (12 February 1992 - 23 March 2016)  (his death)
Margo Howard (13 March 1977 - 1991)  (divorced)
Louise Sorel (3 June 1973 - October 1975)  (divorced)
Parents Howard Sr., Kenneth Joseph
McDonald, Martha Carey
Relatives Don Howard (sibling)

Trade Mark (1)

Towering height and menacing frame

Trivia (23)

Regularly appeared on ESPN promos along with Byron Stewart, parodying their characters from The White Shadow (1978).
Born at 11:21am-PST.
His ex-wife, Margo Howard, is Ann Landers' daughter.
Had to have a kidney transplant in 2000 due to a blockage that was misdiagnosed.
Had a dog named Shadow.
Studied at the Yale School of Drama and became a lecturer at Harvard.
Won Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Child's Play."
While attending Amherst College in Massachussets (Class of '66), Ken was an active member of their choral group, the Zumbyes. He even would record at least two albums with them, one of which featured him as an emcee during a Live show at a Florida college in May of 1965 (released in 1966) as well as a featured soloist.
Portrayed Thomas Jefferson in the original Broadway stage version of "1776" and reprised his role in the movie 1776 (1972).
Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in September 2009 for a two-year term, then was re-elected in 2011, for a second two-year term.
Like his father, he is 6' 6" tall, which in high school earned him the nicknames, "Stork" and "The Big K.".
He was National Spokesperson and Executive Board Member of the Onyx and Breezy Foundation, an organization which grants financial aid to individuals and qualified rescues that benefit the welfare of animals.
Chancellor of the National Kidney Foundation.
Wife, Linda Fetters Howard Howard, is a retired stuntwoman and former President of the Stuntwomen's Association of Motion Pictures, Inc.
Ex-stepfather of Adam Coleman Howard.
Ex-son-in-law of Albert J. Cohen and Jeanne Sorel.
Howard was nicknamed "the White Shadow" in high school. The nickname was given to him in 1961 by the Long Island press when he was the only Caucasian starter on the Manhasset High School varsity basketball team.
Ken Howard served as the president of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) from his election in 2009 until his death in 2016.
He is the son of Kenneth Joseph Howard Sr. (April 2, 1916 - May 14, 1995) and Martha Carey McDonald (July 7, 1921 - August 4, 2010).
Was friends with Gabrielle Carteris.
Older brother of actor Don Howard.
Great-great-grandson of Irish-born American architect Henry Howard, originally of Cork. He designed over 280 buildings in Louisiana, including antebellum era plantation houses, and post-Civil War town houses in New Orleans.
Alumnus of Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

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