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Ken Howard

Ken Howard has amassed generations of fans since his memorable and beloved starring roles in television series beginning in the 1970s, most notably as Coach Reeves on the classic MTM drama, The White Shadow. Howard co-created the series in which he starred, based on his own experiences as the only white player on his high school basketball team. Since then, Howard has starred in numerous stage productions and nearly 90 films and television programs, including such recent feature films as Still Waters, Smother, Michael Clayton, In Her Shoes, and Dreamer.

Howard also enjoys a recurring role as retired Lieutenant Max Cavanaugh on the popular NBC series, Crossing Jordan and as Walt Callahan on Showtimes' Huff. He's guest-starred on such series as Cane, Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, The Nine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Conviction, Ghost Whisperer, George Lopez, The Office, The West Wing, The Practice, Diagnosis Murder, Arli$$ as well as multiple episodes of Melrose Place, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote. In addition to The White Shadow, Howard has starred in several other popular and successful television series including The Colbys, Dynasty, The Manhunter and Adam's Rib.

Howard made his feature film debut in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon in 1970. He has also starred in the films, 1776, Independence, Such Good Friends, Clear and Present Danger, Tactical Assault, The Net, Ulterior Motives, At First Sight and Oscar. His miniseries and movies-for-television include, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, The Thorn Birds, Rage of Angels, OP Center, Mastergate, He's Not Your Son, Murder in New Hampshire and Memories of Midnight.

Born in El Centro, California, Howard attended Amherst College and studied at the Yale School of Drama. In 1968, while at Yale, he took a role on Broadway in Neil Simon's Promises, Promises. He won the Tony Award as Best Supporting Actor for role as a young gym coach in Child's Play. He also starred as Thomas Jefferson in the Tony Award-winning musical 1776, a role in reprised for film. His other Broadway credits include Equus, Seesaw, The Norman Conquests and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Howard won an Emmy Award for his on-camera narration of The Body Human, Facts For Boys. He also has recorded more than 30 best-selling books on tape.

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Ken Howard Facts

Birth NameKenneth Joseph Howard Jr.
BirthdayMarch 28, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceEl Centro, California, USA
Height6' 6" (1m98)  How tall is Ken Howard compared to you?
Awards2009 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Grey Gardens)

Selected Filmography

Mr. Majestyk
Real American Hero
The Wedding Ringer
Michael Clayton
Cinderella Man
All About Steve
Bruce Almighty
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