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John Howard (II)

  • Highest Rated: 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% A Man's Gotta Do (2005)
  • Birthday: Oct 22, 1952
  • Birthplace: Corowa, New South Wales, Australia
  • An honor student in high school, American actor John Howard was also an accomplished pianist, and, in this capacity, won a position in the musical department at Cleveland radio station WHK. While appearing in a stage production at Case Western Reserve University, Howard was spotted by a Paramount talent scout and signed for films. Looking much older than his 26 years, the actor assumed the role of suave adventurer Bulldog Drummond in a series of seven B-movies beginning in 1937. The first actor to play Drummond in sound pictures was Ronald Colman, and it was with him whom Howard co-starred in his most famous film, Lost Horizon (1937). Howard played Colman's younger brother, whose recklessness led to the classic scene in which Margo, playing a woman spirited away from Shangri-La by Howard, aged 50 years before viewers' eyes. Modern day audiences watching the film aren't always very kind to the actor, laughing uproariously at his fevered histrionics; but he was the first to admit in latter-day interviews that he was overacting -- in fact, he was rougher on himself than any audience had been. Otherwise, Howard's film roles were played competently, if not colorfully, although he certainly deserved some credit for convincingly reacting to and making love with the Invisible Woman in the 1941 film comedy of the same name. Howard also became a pioneer of sorts when, in 1947, he starred in Public Prosecutor, the first filmed television series. Eight years later, the actor enjoyed a two-season run on the syndicated hospital drama Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal, in which all traces of the Lost Horizon ham were completely obliterated by his calm, persuasive performance. He starred in a third TV series filmed in 1958, Adventures of the Sea Hawk, but it wasn't aired until 1961 and turn out to be a flop. Howard was philosophical about his acting career, noting that he was always somewhat indifferent about stardom (although he did dearly covet the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind [1939], which ultimately went to Leslie Howard). The actor was, however, justifiably proud of his performance as Katharine Hepburn's wealthy, stuffed-shirt fiancé in The Philadelphia Story (1940) and his 1953 Broadway debut in Hazel Flagg. The next 30 years of his career were divided between mostly unremarkable movies and television productions. Completely out of the film business by the mid-'70s, Howard taught Drama and English at a private high school in Brentwood, CA, for the rest of his life. He died in 1995.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

80% The Merger Actor 2018
97% Mad Max: Fury Road People Eater $129.5M 2015
67% UNindian Actor 2015
65% Jindabyne Carl $0.3M 2006
0% A Man's Gotta Do Eddy 2005
68% Japanese Story Richards $0.2M 2003
No Score Yet Take Away Mr. Burgie 2003
No Score Yet Tanya and Floyd Actor 2002
71% The Man Who Sued God Edward Piggott 2001
No Score Yet In a Savage Land Actor 1999
No Score Yet Never Tell Me Never Actor 1998
No Score Yet Dating the Enemy Actor 1996
No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Ways Dr. Proctor 1988
36% Young Einstein Preston Preston 1988
No Score Yet Heart of The High Country Actor 1985
67% Razorback Danny 1984
No Score Yet The Highest Honor Captain R.C. Page 1982
No Score Yet The Club Geoff 1980
No Score Yet Psycho Sisters Actor 1972
95% The Queen of Spades Officer in the gaming room 1949
No Score Yet Waltz Time Actor 1945
No Score Yet The Way to the Stars Shelter Officer 1945

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Angus
  • 2002
No Score Yet SeaChange
1998-2000
Robert Jelly Bob Jelly
  • 2002
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Mort
  • 1978
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Doctor
  • 1977
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Hiram Potter
  • 1976
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Foreman
  • 1972
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Harley Leonard Justin Grover
  • 1964
  • 1963

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