C. Thomas Howell
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|C. Thomas Howell|
Howell at the 2013 Peabody Awards.
|Born||Christopher Thomas Howell
December 7, 1966
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Other names||Tommy Howell, Tom Howell|
|Spouse(s)||Rae Dawn Chong (1989–1990)
Sylvie Anderson (1992–present)
Christopher Thomas Howell (born December 7, 1966), known by his stage name C. Thomas Howell, is an American actor and film director. He starred in the films The Outsiders as Ponyboy Curtis and in The Hitcher as Jim Halsey. He also appeared in Soul Man, Red Dawn, Secret Admirer, Grandview U.S.A., E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Early life and education
Howell was born on December 7, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Candice and Christopher N. Howell. He has two sisters, Stacy and Candi, and a brother, John. He is nicknamed either "Tommy" or "CT". His father worked as a stunt coordinator and rodeo performer. As a young boy, Howell wanted to be a stuntman and was even a child stunt player. He began acting at the age of four, when cast in The Brian Keith Show in an episode called "The Little People".
When Howell was young, his parents divorced, leaving his mother with both of her sons and daughter Stacy, and his father took Candi with him. Howell shared his time with each parent and started his career through his father's job. When he was 12, he became a rodeo champion at the California Junior Rodeo Association and was named "All-Around Cowboy" in August 1979. While growing up, he also spent time golfing with his grandfather (where his nickname "CT" came because that is how he was recorded on screen boards). Howell graduated from Saugus High School in 1984.
Howell's showbiz debut was acting in the The Brian Keith Show episode "The Little People" as a little boy whose ears are being checked out by a doctor. When he got older, he tried stunt acting like his father and worked on commercials for a while. He tried rodeo riding for a few years. In 1982, He made his film debut as Tyler in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Afterward, he was cast as the lead role Ponyboy Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders, which earned him a Young Artist Award. Following The Outsiders, he became a teen idol, appearing in teen magazines like Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, which referred to him as "Tommy" and "Tom".
In 1983 he and Outsiders co-star, Patrick Swayze, reunited for Grandview, U.S.A., also with Jamie Lee Curtis, and Red Dawn, with Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson. Howell also had a pivotal role in Tank, with James Garner and Jenilee Harrison. In 1985 he again starred in the lead role in Secret Admirer, opposite Lori Loughlin and Kelly Preston. Howell was one of two final actors in the running to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future the other being Eric Stoltz, who was eventually selected. Michael J. Fox would later go on to replace Stoltz after filming had begun.
In 1986 he played a hitchhiker's target in the film The Hitcher, another of his successful movies. The sequel was released in 2003. Following that he starred as a white student who pretends to be black in the poorly received Soul Man, which currently holds an aggregated score of 14% at Rotten Tomatoes. Howell has since stated that he does not regret playing the main character in blackface and that Soul Man was "an important part of [Howell's] life" and "an important film" for racial relations in America. In 1988 Howell played Arturo Toscanini in the story of the world renown conductor in Franco Zeffirelli's Il giovane Toscanini with Irma Capece Minutolo and Elizabeth Taylor, which was one of his very first straight-to-video releases. Howell and Kelly Preston reunited as lovers in A Tiger's Tale.
At the end of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s, Howell appeared in The Return of the Musketeers and Side Out. In 1993, he starred with Linda Fiorentino and Nancy Allen in the campy thriller Acting on Impulse. After several straight-to-DVD features and a starring role in That Night, he achieved success again in the movie Gettysburg, which was popular with history buffs and history classrooms. He starred as Mike, a motorcycle courier in Mad Dogs and Englishmen (U.S. title: Shameless) with Elizabeth Hurley. His made-for-television movie credits include Suspect Device, Sealed with a Kiss and Dead Fire. He starred in Dads, an unsold sitcom pilot. He also appeared in the short-lived TV series Kindred: The Embraced.
He started an interest in crime-thrillers after starring in Payback and playing gangster Baby Face Nelson in a film of the same name. He went on to direct and star in the 1996 direct-to-video release, Pure Danger, featuring alongside Teri Ann Linn and prop comic and bodybuilder, Carrot Top.
Howell returned to the theater in the 2000s in movies such as Asylum Days, the Gods and Generals prequel to Gettysburg, and The Hillside Strangler, in which he played serial killer Kenneth Bianchi. In 2006, Howell starred in Hoboken Hollow. He also became a supporter of the production company The Asylum, which produced his straight-to-DVD movies.
In 2005, he starred in H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, one of three 2005 adaptations of the novel The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Because of its success, Howell directed and starred in a straight-to-DVD sequel War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave in 2008, which was heavily criticized. In 2005, he also reunited with his Secret Admirer co-star Lori Loughlin, when he had a recurring role on her television show Summerland as Zac Efron's father. After War of the Worlds, he spent time directing unsuccessful straight to-DVD movies. Also, in 2008, he directed and starred in The Day the Earth Stopped, a mockbuster intended to capitalize on The Day the Earth Stood Still. For these reasons, 20th Century Fox have threatened legal action against The Asylum, but no action has yet been taken. He also appeared as a doctor in The Poseidon Adventure, an adaptation of the 1972 film of the same name. Coincidentally, his father's first stunt co-ordination was for the original movie, though uncredited. He briefly hosted a show on KLSX later that year.
After filming The Outsiders, Howell co-starred in his own television series, Two Marriages, which ended after four episodes, but letters of support got it back on air. Howell later expressed disappointment in the series, but eventually found it more satisfying.
After Two Marriages, Howell made guest appearances in shows like Moonlighting and The Hitchhiker. In 2000, Howell played a doctor stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash in Amazon. He initially turned down a guest role in ER after missing out on a role he wanted, but his wife signed him up after yet another offer. Following ER, he guest appeared in 24. He guest starred in five episodes of Criminal Minds on CBS as serial killer George Foyet / The Boston Reaper, a recurring villain based on the Zodiac Killer.
Howell has played the role of Officer Bill 'Dewey' Dudek, a wild, loudmouth, but efficient police officer recovering from alcoholism, in the L.A. police drama Southland since 2009. He appeared in Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 and was promoted to a series regular for Season 5, which began in February 2013. The series was cancelled on May 10, 2013.
Howell has worked with Francis Ford Coppola many times and in other areas of making motion pictures including writing, producing, and directing. In 1995, he wrote and directed Hourglass, in which he starred with Sofia Shinas. The following year, he helped produce The Big Fall and Pure Danger. Howell did not write or direct another movie until 2004. He and his father co-wrote the made for television movie Hope Ranch and Howell produced the film as well. The film was a success and Howell went on to write and produce Blind Injustice the next year. Two years later he produced The Stolen Moments of September.
In his single days, Howell shared a place with his friend, Darren Dalton, with whom he co-starred in The Outsiders, Red Dawn and The Jailhouse . From July 11, 1989, to sometime in 1990, Howell was married to actress Rae Dawn Chong, his Soul Man co-star. He then married Sylvie Anderson in 1992. They have three children, Isabelle (born February 17, 1993), Dashiell (born January 2, 1997), and Liam (born April 24, 2001). His family currently resides in Stevenson Ranch, California.
|1982||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Tyler||Film Debut|
|1983||The Outsiders||Ponyboy Curtis|
|1984||Grandview, U.S.A.||Tim Pearson|
|Tank||William "Billy" Carey|
|Red Dawn||Robert Morris|
|1985||Secret Admirer||Michael Ryan|
|1986||The Hitcher||Jim Halsey|
|Soul Man||Mark Watson||Married co-star Rae Dawn Chong|
|1988||A Tiger's Tale||Bubber Drums|
|Giovane Toscanini II||Arturo Toscanini|
|1989||The Return of the Musketeers||Raoul|
|1990||Far Out Man||Himself|
|Side Out||Monoroe Clark|
|Curiosity Kills||Cat Thomas|
|1992||Tattle Tale||Bernard Sprat|
|Nickel & Dime||Jack Stone|
|To Protect and Serve||Egan|
|Breaking the Rules||Gene Michaels|
|1994||Jailbait||Sgt. Lee Teffler|
|Dangerous Indiscretion||Jim Lomax|
|Natural Selection||Ben Braden / Alex Connelly|
|Baby Face Nelson||Baby Face Nelson|
|Mad Dogs and Englishmen||Mike||Also known as Shameless|
|Suspect Device||Dan Jerico|
|1996||The Big Fall||Blaise Rybeck|
|Sealed with a Kiss||Detective Mick Cullen|
|The Sweeper||Mark Goddard|
|Pure Danger||Jonnie Dean|
|1997||Matter of Trust||Michael D'Angelo||Also known as The Surgeon|
|Laws of Deception||Evan Marino|
|Dilemma||Detective Thomas Quinlan|
|1998||Fatal Affair||Malcolm Maddox||Also known as Stalker|
|Sleeping Dogs||Sanchez Boon|
|Charades||Evan||Also known as Felons|
|1999||The Crimson Code||J.B. Gaines||Also known as Red Team|
|Enemy Action||John Reed|
|Shepherd||Boris Dakota||Also known as Cybermaster|
|The Glass Jar||Lanois|
|Avalanche||Jack||Also known as Escape from Alaska|
|Hitman's Run||Tom Holly|
|The Prince and the Surfer||Dean|
|2000||Lawless: Dead Evidence||Dean Riley|
|The Million Dollar Kid||Valentino|
|2001||Separate Ways||Tom Milton|
|Asylum Days||Nathan Devine|
|XCU: Extreme Close Up||Geoffrey Liddy|
|2002||Night of the Wolf||Sheriff Wade Messer|
|Killer Bees!||Sheriff Lyndon Harris|
|2003||Net Games||Adam Vance||Also known as Deadly Web|
|Gods and Generals||Thomas Chamberlain|
|The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting||Jim Halsey|
|2004||The Lost Angel||Kuratha|
|The Hillside Strangler||Kenneth Bianchi|
|A Killer Within||Addison Terrill|
|2005||The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam||Coach Fielding|
|Crimson Force||Captain Baskin|
|H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds||George Herbert|
|Ordinary Miracles||Jim Powell|
|The Poseidon Adventure||Doctor Matthew Ballard|
|2006||The Da Vinci Treasure||Michael Archer|
|Hoboken Hollow||Clayton Connelly|
|The Far Side of Jericho||Little Jimmy Thorton|
|2007||Dead Letters||KC||Formerly known as Cold Ones|
|The Haunting of Marsten Manor||Captain Williams|
|Fighting Words||David Settles||Also known as Street Poet|
|The Stolen Moments of September||Sisner|
|Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!||David|
|House of Fallen||Thomas|
|Big Game||Cody "Sully" Sullivan|
|A Gunfighter's Pledge||Horn|
|The Thirst: Blood War||Jed|
|War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave||George Herbert||Also director|
|The Day the Earth Stopped||Josh Myron|
|2009||The Land That Time Forgot||Frost Michaels|
|Cupid's Arrow||Professor Grimes|
|Secret at Arrow Lake||Daniel Williams||Also known as Mia's Father|
|American Pie Presents: The Book of Love||Alumnus Guy #2|
|2010||The Terror Experiment||Chief Grasso||Also known as Fight or Flight|
|The Jailhouse||Seth Delray|
|Camel Spiders||Sheriff Beaumont|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Jack's Dad|
|Commander and Chief||Shrub|
|Chilly Christmas||Patrick Cole|
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Professor Zoom||Voice|
|An Amish Murder||Nathan Detrick|
|The Devil's Dozen||Tom|
|Lost on Purpose||Delbert Ferguson|
|Don't Pass Me By||Jack|
|Christmas Belle||Rex Everhart||Also known as A Fairytale Christmas|
|Magic Hour||Tom Worthy|
|Borrowed Moments||Jack||Also known as Sleight of Hand|
|Confessions Of A Womanizer||Tony|
|Category 5||Charlie DuPuis|
|Lazarus Rising||Silent Cal|
|Play James Play||Kirk||Also known as A Beautiful Tragedy|
|Rivers 9||Sheriff Quentin|
|Sick People||Dr. Sam Zimmerman||Also known as Intensive Care|
|1983||Two Marriages||Scott Morgan||"Relativity"|
|1989||Nightmare Classics||Jenner Brading||"The Eyes of the Panther"|
|1996||Kindred: The Embraced||Frank Kohanek||8 episodes|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Captain Miles Davidlow||"The Joining"|
|V.I.P||Phil Sherman||"Val Got Game"|
|The Love Boat: The Next Wave||John||"Affairs to Remember"|
|1999||Dead Man's Gun||Henry Hubble||"The Phrenologist"|
|1999-2000||Amazon||Dr. Alex Kennedy||Main Cast|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Tony||"The Escaped Artist"|
|2002||Son of the Beach||Jason Dudikoff||"In the Line of Booty"|
|2004||The District||Chris Gunner||"On Guard"|
|2004-2005||Summerland||Kyle Bale||2 episodes|
|2005||ER||Vincent Janeson||"The Human Shield"|
|2006||24||Barry Landes||2 episodes|
|2008||Celebracadabra||Himself (contestant)||Crowned "Best Celebrity Magician"|
|2009, 2013||Criminal Minds||George Foyet / The Boston Reaper||5 episodes|
|2009-2013||Southland||Bill "Dewey" Dudek||Recurring Cast (Seasons 1-4), Main Cast (Season 5)|
|2010||Psych||Agent Camden Driggs||"One, Maybe Two, Ways Out"|
|2011||The Glades||Peyton Robinson||"Second Skin"|
|Torchwood: Miracle Day||The Gentleman||"Escape to L.A."|
|CHAOS||Carson Simms||"Proof of Life"|
|2012||Alphas||Eli Aquino||"The Quick and the Dead"|
|Revolution||Bounty Hunter||"Chained Heat"|
|Castle||John Campbell||"Swan Song"|
|Longmire||Ray Stewart||"A Damn Shame"|
|Hawaii Five-0||Martin Cordova||"Death Wish"|
|2013||Sons Of Anarchy||Agent Frank Eagan||"One One Six"|
|Blue Bloods||Alex Polanski||"Justice Served"|
|2014||Grimm||Agent Weston Steward||4 episodes|
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- Cooking. Cthowell.net. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
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- Harris, Will. "C. Thomas Howell on The Outsiders, blackface, and how Marlboros got him cast in E.T.". The Onion AV Club. The Onion AV Club. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- "Other Works for C. Thomas Howell". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
- "Pure Danger (1996 Video): Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
- Interview for the Poseidon Adventure Remake. Cthomashowell.net. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
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- Torchwood: Miracle Day casting news. Den of Geek. Retrieved on 2011-12-03.
- C. Thomas Howell at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Web site
- @cthomashowell on Twitter
- Review of Baby Face Nelson at Manor on Movies