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Ken Howard
Born Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr.
March 28, 1944 (1944-03-28) (age 65)
El Centro, California
Years active 1966—Present

Kenneth Joseph "Ken" Howard, Jr. (born March 28, 1944) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and the television show The White Shadow as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves. He was elected to be the president of the Screen Actor's Guild in September 2009. [1]


Early life

Howard was born in El Centro, California, the son of Martha Carey (née McDonald) and Kenneth Joseph Howard, Sr.[2], the older of their two sons. His younger brother, the late Don Howard, was also an actor. He stands approximately 6'6" (1.98 m) which in high school earned him the nickname "Stork."

He grew up in the Long Island community of Manhasset, New York,[3] He attended Manhasset High School, where he started on the basketball team.[4] He turned down several offers of basketball scholarships after high school in favor of a more focused academic education.[5] He is a graduate of Amherst College where he played varsity basketball and was a member of the a capella singing group, "The Zumbyes". He attended Yale School of Drama[6] but left to make his Broadway debut before completing his master's degree.



Howard began his career on Broadway in Promises, Promises with Jerry Orbach. In 1970, he won a Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Child's Play. Howard later starred on Broadway as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 (a role he reprised in the 1972 film) and in Seesaw in 1973 andThe Norman Conquests in 1975. He is known for his portrayal of US Presidents, including the Broadway musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1976, and as Warren G. Harding in Camping with Harry and Tom in 1995. He has appeared in legitimate theater all over the country, most recently as Tip O'Neill in a one-man show in Boston, According to Tip, at the New Repertory Theater in Watertown.[7]


On television, he appeared as Ken Reeves, a Los Angeles high school basketball coach, in The White Shadow produced by Bruce Paltrow in 1978. (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.) Howard had the starring role in the 1973 TV series Adam's Rib with his good friend, Blythe Danner. In 1974 he starred in The Manhunter, an American crime drama that was part of CBS' lineup for the 1974 - 1975 television season. The series was produced by Quinn Martin and starred Howard as Dave Barret, a 1930s-era private investigator from Idaho. In 1981 he won a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance as the ideal father in the CBS afternoon special The Body Human: Facts for Boys. Additional credits include "Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels, 1983" and the 2000 miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and the feature film Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, both co-starring Kris Kristofferson. He played the title character in the 1984 American Playhouse production of Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, having earlier played Mark Twain on Bonanza. He was a regular on the television series Murder, She Wrote as guest sleuth with Angela Lansbury and later in Crossing Jordan as Jill Hennessy's father in 2001. Later, he starred as Garrett Boydston in Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys. He was guest villain in Hart to Hart Returns with Stephanie Powers and Robert Wagner a 1993 made for TV movie. Howard appeared in season one of The West Wing as President Bartlett's first choice for U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the episode "The Short List". He has guest starred on numerous television dramas including NYPD Blue, The Practice, Boston Legal, Cold Case, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: SVU and in an episode of The Golden Girls as one of Blanche's many lovers. In 2007, he appeared as the primary villain in the critically acclaimed series Cane with Jimmy Smits.


He made his movie debut in 1970 in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon opposite Liza Minnelli. He has appeared in numerous movies since, in both dramatic and comedy roles, including: Oscar with Sylvester Stallone in 1991, Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford in 1994, and The Net with Sandra Bullock in 1995, In Her Shoes in 2005. In 2007, Howard appeared in Rambo again with Sylvester Stallone, and Michael Clayton as the villain to George Clooney's hero.

He gave an acclaimed performance as Phelan Beale in the 2009 HBO film Grey Gardens playing opposite Jessica Lange, for which he received an Emmy Award.[8]


Howard is the author of Act Natural: How to Speak to Any Audience,[9] based on the drama courses he has taught at Harvard University. He is a popular reader for audiobooks.

Personal life

He has been married to Linda Fetters, a stuntwoman, since 1992 and they reside in the Los Angeles, California area. Prior to that he was married from 1977 to 1991 to Margo Coleman, known professionally as Margo Howard, the daughter of Ann Landers, and before that to TV soap opera actress, Louise Sorel, from 1973 to 1976, when they divorced.

Howard is very active and supportive of the National Kidney Foundation, serving as its Chancellor.[10] He had a kidney transplant in 2000.

Ken Howard is the owner of two popular restaurants in the Boston area, Rustic Kitchen and Mario's Place.

Stage productions

  • Promises, Promises - 1968
  • 1776 - 1969 (1969 Theatre World Award)
  • Child's Play - 1970 (1970 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play)
  • Seesaw - 1973
  • The Norman Conquests: Living Together - 1975
  • The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden - 1975
  • The Norman Conquests: Table Manners - 1975
  • Little Black Sheep - 1975
  • Equus - 1976 (National Company)
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue- 1976
  • Rumors - 1988
  • Camping with Harry and Tom - 1995
  • In the Moonlight Eddie - 1996
  • According to Tip - 2007



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