Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Highest Rated: 97% Double Dare (2003)

Lowest Rated: 12% Oscar (1991)

Birthday: Mar 28, 1944

Birthplace: El Centro, California, USA

A Tony Award-winning Broadway actor at the beginning of his career, Ken Howard enjoyed a few leading primetime television roles in the 1970s, but spent the majority of his career as a prolific character actor in film and on television. Howard's most memorable headlining television role was that of a retired NBA player-turned-coach of an inner city high school basketball coach on "The White Shadow" (CBS, 1978-1981), which showcased his talent for conveying authority and leadership softened by an emotional accessibility. That quality led Howard to be cast in countless guest roles as judges, doctors and men of the cloth on procedural dramas and sitcoms alike. Meanwhile, he starred as many an athlete and protective family man in decades of made-for-television movies. Longer-running recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07), "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) and "Cane" (CBS, 2007) assured that the prolific character player maintained his name recognition throughout his career, though his onscreen presence invariably brought up fond memories of the groundbreaking, racially mixed television series that established his career. Ken Howard died on March 23, 2016 at the age of 71.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
29% 63% The Wedding Ringer Ed Palmer (Character) $64.5M 2015
60% 57% Joy Mop Executive (Character) $56.4M 2015
48% 72% The Judge Judge Warren (Character) $2.7M 2014
22% 38% Better Living Through Chemistry Walter Bishop (Character) $72.3K 2014
52% 28% A.C.O.D. Gary (Character) $172.3K 2013
43% 44% J. Edgar Harlan Fiske Stone (Character) $37.3M 2011
No Score Yet 15% A Numbers Game Harold (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 21% 2:13 Sheriff Sedgewick (Character) - 2009
88% 78% Grey Gardens Phelan Beale (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 20% The Beacon Officer Bobby Ford (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 11% Under Still Waters Conrad (Character) - 2009
38% 69% Rambo Arthur Marsh (Character) $42.7M 2008
91% 69% Michael Clayton Don Jeffries (Character) $49M 2007
38% 20% Smother Gene Cooper (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacrifices of the Heart Thane Weston (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 50% Arc Santee (Character) - 2006
75% 66% In Her Shoes Michael Feller (Character) $32.9M 2005
64% 78% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Bill Sellers (Character) $32.7M 2005
97% 79% Double Dare Himself (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 72% A Vow to Cherish John Brighton (Character) - 1999
32% 46% At First Sight Virgil's Father (Character) $22.4M 1999
No Score Yet 11% Tactical Assault Gen. Horace White (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Borrowed, Something Blue Senator John Farrell (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 69% Her Hidden Truth Jack Devereaux (Character) - 1995
41% 44% The Net Michael Bergstrom (Character) $49.4M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moment of Truth: To Walk Again Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Returns Dr. Paul Menard (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 25% Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story Bill Smart (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Memories of Midnight Kirk Reynolds (Character) - 1991
12% 63% Oscar Kirkwood (Character) $23.5M 1991
No Score Yet 55% The Man in the Brown Suit Gordon Race (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Interlude Sam Evans (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rage of Angels: The Story Continues Adam J. Warner (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pudd'nhead Wilson Pudd'nhead Wilson (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Glitter Senator (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet He's Not Your Son Michael Saunders (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Thoughts John Michael (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 100% Rage of Angels Adam Warner (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Victims Joe Buckley (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Damien: The Leper Priest Father Damien (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critical List Nels Freiberg (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 0% A Real American Hero Danny Boy Mitchell (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superdome Dave Walecki (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer Prosecuting attorney (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhunter Dave Barrett (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie Virgil (Character) - 1972
69% 84% 1776 Thomas Jefferson (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Such Good Friends Cal Whiting (Character) - 1971
22% 9% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Arthur (Character) - 1970

TV

Credit
58% 59% The McCarthys Coach Colwell (Guest Star) 2014
78% 93% 30 Rock Dot Com (Guest Star) 2011-2013
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young and the Restless Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
82% 82% The Closer Wes Durant (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unscripted Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
68% No Score Yet Dirty Sexy Money Evan Connello (Character) 2008
86% 90% Boston Legal Judge Walter Yardley (Guest Star) 2008
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Thomas Hayes (Guest Star) 2008
79% 84% Brothers & Sisters Boyd Taylor (Guest Star) 2008
55% No Score Yet Cane Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
22% 80% Conviction Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Jordan Unknown (Character) 2001-2006
No Score Yet 84% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 70% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
81% 90% The Office Ed Truck (Guest Star) 2006
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Ken Abbot (Guest Star) 2004
62% No Score Yet Arli$$ Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Unknown (Character) 2000
75% 95% The West Wing Judge Peyton Cabot Harrison III (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melrose Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cape Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Client Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet OP Center Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Planet and the Planeteers Unknown (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1994 1992 1989 1985
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Jerry (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet P.S.I. Luv U Jack Packer (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thorn Birds Rainer Hartheim (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Ken Reeves (Character) 1978-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam's Rib Adam Bonner (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
100% No Score Yet The Nine Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1969

QUOTES FROM Ken Howard CHARACTERS

Martha Jefferson says: Dickinson wants "tyrant" removed from the Declaration

Martha Jefferson says: Dickinson wants 'tyrant' removed from the Declaration

Thomas Jefferson says: Just a moment, Mr. Thomson. I do not consent. The king is a tyrant whether we say so or not. We might as well say so.

Thomas Jefferson says: Just a moment, Mr. Thomson. I do not consent. The king is a tyrant whether we say so or not. We might as well say so.

Secretary Charles Thomson says: But I already scratched it out.

Thomas Jefferson says: Then scratch it back in!

John Hancock says: Put it back, Mr. Thomson. The King will remain a tyrant.