More Ken Howard Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Crossing Jordan)Ken Howard stars as a world-wise ex-cop in Crossing Jordan, but is perhaps best known for his memorable performance as a street-savvy teacher in the classic drama The White Shadow – a role he re-created in real life as a master class teacher at the American Repertory Theatre Institute and also as an instructor at Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
The Tony Award-winning Howard (Child's Play) created a master class in acting at the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and taught an undergraduate lecture course at Harvard as well as another in oral argument at Harvard Law School.
A native of Manhasset, New York (a suburb of New York City), Howard was captain of the Amherst College basketball team and an aspiring performer who was encouraged before he gained his bachelor of arts degree to apply to the Yale School of Drama by the head of the theater department. In 1968 – two years into the three-year program at Yale – he accepted a small role on Broadway in Neil Simon's Promises, Promises. He then originated the role of Thomas Jefferson in the Tony-winning musical 1776 and received a Theatre World award. He later earned a Tony for his work as a young gym coach at a Catholic boys school in Child's Play, and has starred on Broadway in Seesaw, The Norman Conquests, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and in the national tour of Equus.
Howard attracted even more attention for his feature-film debut Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon opposite Liza Minnelli in 1970. Later in the decade, he starred in the TV series Adam's Rib and The Manhunter, but by the late 1970s, he was firmly established in the public's mind as Coach Reeves on The White Shadow, a series which he co-created based on his own experience as the only white player on his high school basketball team. In the following years, he also was a regular cast member on the series It's Not Easy, The Colbys and Dynasty.
Among Howard's other TV credits are the miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, The Thorn Birds, Rage of Angels, Op Center, Mastergate and Memories of Midnight. His TV movies include Damien, the Leper Priest, Victims, He's Not Your Son, The Country Girl and Murder in New Hampshire. His film credits also include 1776 (re-creating his stage role), Such Good Friends, Clear and Present Danger, The Net and At First Sight. He has been the voice on more than 30 best-selling books on tape and he won an Emmy for on-camera narration for Facts for Boys: The Body Human.