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Ken Howard

Highest Rated:   100% Grey Gardens (2009)
Lowest Rated:   10% Proud American (2008)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% Joy
  • Mop Executive
$42.6M 2015
29% The Wedding Ringer
  • Ed Palmer
2015
47% The Judge
  • Judge Warren
$35.7M 2014
20% Better Living Through Chemistry
  • Walter Bishop
$52.3k 2014
50% A.C.O.D.
  • Gary
$0.2M 2013
43% J. Edgar
  • Harlan Fiske Stone
$37.4M 2011
No Score Yet A Numbers Game
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet 2:13
  • Sheriff Sedgewick
2009
100% 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
36% The Net
  • Bergstrom
1995
No Score Yet Tom Clancy's 'Op Center'
  • The President
1995
82% 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
13% 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
64% 1776
  • Thomas Jefferson
1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends
  • Cal
1971
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
  • Arthur
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
  • Coach Colwell
  • 2014
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Hank Hooper
  • 2012
  • 2011
57% Fairly Legal
2011-2012
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Young Harry Kemp Jr.
  • 2009
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Walter Yardley
  • 2008
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Boyd Taylor
  • 2008
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Dr. Woodson
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Judge Walter Merrick
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Dr. Rieff
  • 2006
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • WASPy interviewer #1
  • 2004
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Harrison Peyton Cabot Harrison III
  • 1999

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