Ken Howard

Highest Rated: 97% Double Dare (2005)
Lowest Rated: 10% Proud American (2008)
Birthday: Dec 26, 1939
Birthplace: Not Available
Actor Ken Howard was 6'5" when he was a junior at Manhasset High School (he would later peak at 6'6"), and it was this physical fact, coupled with his remarkable athletic prowess, that assured him a position in Manhasset's "starting five." Offered several athletic scholarships, Howard turned them all down in favor of a liberal arts education at Amherst College, where he developed a taste for theatre. After two years' graduate work at the Yale School of Drama, he dropped out to accept a small role in the Broadway musical Promises Promises. In 1969, Howard graduated to stage stardom as Thomas Jefferson in the popular musical 1776, a role he would repeat in the 1972 film version. He went on to win a Tony Award for his performance in Child's Play, and to spend his summers essaying his two favorite roles, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth. His first film was the 1970 Otto Preminger production Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. In 1973, Howard and his frequent co-star Blythe Danner were cast in the series-TV version of the Tracy-Hepburn picture Adam's Rib (both stars had previously turned down MacMillan and Wife). Neither this series nor Howard's subsequent Manhunter (1974) clicked with the public. He was far more successful as high school basketball coach Ken Hughes on The White Shadow, which ran from 1976 to 1981 (and which, coincidentally, was produced by Blythe Danner's husband Bruce Paltrow). Howard's later TV projects included the title character in the 1984 American Playhouse production of Mark Twain's "Pudd'nhead Wilson;" the recurring role of Garret Boydston on both Dynasty and The Colbys (1985-86); his hosting chores on the syndicated 1986 talent show Dream Girl USA; and another hosting stint on the NBC documentary weekly What Happened? (1992). In 2009, Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, a role he would continue after the union merged with another and became SAG-AFTRA. He continued to work as an actor, appearing on shows like Crossing Jordan, Cane, and 30 Rock, as well as movies like The Beacon. Howard died in 2016, at age 71.


Highest Rated Movies



60% Joy Mop Executive $42.6M 2015
27% The Wedding Ringer Ed Palmer 2015
48% The Judge Judge Warren $35.7M 2014
22% Better Living Through Chemistry Walter Bishop $52.3K 2014
52% A.C.O.D. Gary $0.2M 2013
42% J. Edgar Harlan Fiske Stone $37.4M 2011
No Score Yet A Numbers Game Actor 2010
No Score Yet 2:13 Sheriff Sedgewick 2009
87% Grey Gardens Phelan Beale Sr. 2009
No Score Yet Still Waters Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Beacon Officer Bobby Ford 2009
10% Proud American Actor 2008
37% Rambo (Rambo IV) Rev. Arthur Marsh $42.8M 2008
38% Smother Gene Cooper 2007
90% Michael Clayton Don Jeffries $49M 2007
No Score Yet Arc Actor 2007
64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Bill Ford $33.1M 2005
75% In Her Shoes Michael Feller $32.9M 2005
97% Double Dare Actor 2005
No Score Yet Maxim Vengerov: Living the Dream Producer Director 2005
No Score Yet Perfect Murder, Perfect Town D.A. Alex Hunter 2000
32% At First Sight Virgil's Father 1999
No Score Yet A Vow to Cherish John Brighton 1999
No Score Yet Tactical Assault General Horace White 1998
No Score Yet Her Hidden Truth Jack Devereaux 1995
38% The Net Bergstrom 1995
No Score Yet Tom Clancy's 'Op Center' The President 1995
80% Clear and Present Danger Committee Chairman 1994
No Score Yet Ulterior Motives Malcolm Carter 1992
No Score Yet Memories of Midnight Actor 1991
No Score Yet Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story Bill Smart 1991
12% Oscar Kirkwood 1991
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Sam Evans 1990
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'The Man in the Brown Suit' Gordon Race 1989
No Score Yet Second Thoughts John Michael 1983
No Score Yet Rage of Angels Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Country Girl Actor 1982
No Score Yet Damien: The Leper Priest Actor 1980
No Score Yet An American Hero Danny Boy Mitchell 1978
No Score Yet Manhunter Actor 1974
69% 1776 Thomas Jefferson 1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Cal 1971
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Arthur 1970


57% The McCarthys
Coach Colwell
  • 2014
81% 30 Rock
Hank Hooper
  • 2012
  • 2011
57% Fairly Legal
  • 2011
84% The Closer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Cold Case
Young Harry Kemp Jr.
  • 2009
100% The Nine
Alvin Muncie
  • 2009
87% Boston Legal
Judge Walter Yardley
  • 2008
79% Brothers & Sisters
Boyd Taylor
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Cane
Joe Samuels
  • 2007
No Score Yet George Lopez
Dr. Woodson
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
Judge Walter Merrick
  • 2006
No Score Yet Huff
Walt Walt Callahan
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Dr. Rieff
  • 2006
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
Max Cavanaugh
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
WASPy interviewer #1
  • 2004
No Score Yet Arli$$
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
Raynsford Bradford
  • 2000
75% The West Wing
Harrison Peyton Cabot Harrison III
  • 1999
No Score Yet Melrose Place
George Andrews Andrews Mr. Andrews Sydney's father
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Matt Kinkaid Maxwell Hagen Sergeant Barnes Hank Shipton
  • 1994
  • 1992
  • 1989
  • 1985
No Score Yet Dynasty
Garrett Boydston
  • 1986
No Score Yet The White Shadow
Ken Reeves
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Bonanza
Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain
  • 1972
No Score Yet American Playhouse