Clint Howard

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Clint Howard
Gentle Ben premiere Clint Howard 1967.JPG
Howard in Gentle Ben (1967)
Born (1959-04-20) April 20, 1959 (age 55)
Burbank, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Howard (1995–present)

Clint Howard (born 1959) is an American actor. He is the younger brother of actor and director Ron Howard.

Personal life[edit]

Howard was born in Burbank, California on April 20, 1959, the son of actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard, and the younger brother of actor-director-producer Ron Howard. Howard has been married twice. His first marriage was from 1986 to 1987. He married Melanie Howard in 1995. An avid golfer, Howard boasts of playing 150 rounds a year. He is also known for his activity in the game World of Warcraft in which he plays under the name Extas of the guild "Peekay" on the Dark Iron realm.[1]

Television[edit]

Howard began his career when only a few years old, appearing in five episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, then starring older brother Ron. He played Leon, a toddler in a cowboy outfit who wandered around Mayberry and silently offered people a bite of his sandwich, to which they would respond, "No, thank you." Other early notable roles include his appearance on The Streets of San Francisco in the episode entitled "The House on Hyde Street", and The Virginian as Tommy, the proud owner of a new litter of pups in the episode entitled "Melanie". In 1963, he appeared in the ABC medical drama Breaking Point in the role of four-year-old Mikey in the episode "The Gnu, Now Almost Extinct". He also played little Billy Taft the nephew of Dr, Richard Kimble in the season one episode of The Fugitive, "The Home is the Hunted" (1964). One of Howard's other roles as a child actor was the voice of the elephant Hathi's son Hathi Jr. in the 1967 Walt Disney animated film The Jungle Book and the voice of Roo in Disney's animated featurettes Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) which were later incorporated into The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). His first prominent role was as a regular on the series Gentle Ben from 1967-1969. He also starred in an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery as Herbie, a ten-year-old boy who could predict the near future.Clint played Billy in the made for TV " the Red Pony " by John Stienbeck, with Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara.

Howard appeared in various Star Trek episodes:

In 2003, he played Johnny Bark on Arrested Development in the season one episode Key Decisions, which was produced and narrated by his brother, Ron. He was seen in an episode of Married... with Children as a creepy janitor. He played a car thief/murderer in the season four Seinfeld episode The Trip. Also, he played Creepy Rodney in the season one My Name Is Earl episode "Stole a Badge", and he was a guest star in the season three episode of the NBC show Heroes "I Am Sylar".[2]

Film[edit]

Clint has appeared in 17 films directed by his brother, Ron Howard, including Ron's first directoral effort—a short film called Old Paint—when Clint was 10. He also starred in Ron's first full-length feature, Grand Theft Auto. Other roles in the elder Howard's films include: a retirement home worker in Cocoon (1985), an employee in Gung Ho (both film and TV series), a morgue attendant in Backdraft (1991), a Little League parent who taunts Steve Martin in Parenthood, a factory overseer in Far and Away (1992), flight controller Seymour Liebergot in Apollo 13 (1995), a television director in EDtv (1999), and the mayor's assistant in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). In 2003, he had a part in the movie The Missing, as Ollie in 2008's Frost/Nixon, and a plant specialist in the 2011 comedy The Dilemma. He also played the role of Paul Lucas in the episodes "Spider" and "We Interrupt This Program" of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, which was produced by brother Ron. He played the original Eaglebaur in the 1979 film Rock 'n' Roll High School; appeared as the head usher in Get Crazy; a Southern-fried college football fan in The Waterboy; a father of one of the main characters in Uwe Boll's Heart of America; Played Slinky as Sylvester Stallone's cellmate in "Tango & Cash"; a radio DJ in That Thing You Do!; a space tracking agent in the Austin Powers series; another flight controller Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian; a cross-dressing man named 'Nipples' in Little Nicky; the title character in the 1995 low-budget comedy-horror film Ice Cream Man; he played Rughead, a nervous and often annoying auto technician in the 1986 science fiction film The Wraith; the title role of Stanley Coopersmith in the horror movie Evilspeak; Kate the Caterer in The Cat in the Hat; featured briefly in Rob Zombie's Halloween; and appeared in the romantic comedies Play the Game and Speed-Dating. Clint also played Sanders on Alabama Moon. Howard played Dr. Owen in the independent horror film Nobody Gets Out Alive which was written and directed by filmmaker Jason Christopher and was released nationwide on February 26, 2013. The film made it rounds in the film festival circuit in 2012 and has won two best feature awards, a best director award, and a best actor award.[3]

Music[edit]

In 1981, Clint formed The Kempsters, a new wave rock and roll group. The band was composed mostly of Clint's friends who were neighbors with him on Kemp Street. In 1982, their original drummer, Mike "Spooner" Bauer, was replaced by Tony Rodriquez, and the band began to play regularly at Madame Wong's West. The band retired in 1983. Although The Kempsters never released an album while together, Clint Howard has recently begun distributing No Brains At All, a CD featuring four tracks the band recorded in various studios and seven tracks recorded live on October 17, 1982 at Madame Wong's.

Recognition[edit]

In 1998, Howard was awarded the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards. During the ceremony at which Howard received the award, a montage of other actors and celebrities providing testimonials about him was shown, in which they referred to him only as "Clint", giving the impression they were referring to Clint Eastwood. It was not until the end of the montage that it was revealed that the actual recipient was Howard.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Child Party Guest Film debut, uncredited
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Roo voice
1967 The Jungle Book Hathi Jr. voice/from the 1894 book by Rudyard Kipling
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Roo
1971 The Wild Country Andy voice
1976 Eat My Dust! George Poole Jr.
1977 Grand Theft Auto Ace - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Roo voice/from the 1926 book by A. A. Milne
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Baseball Catcher
1978 Harper Valley PTA Corley
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School Eaglebauer
1981 Evilspeak Stanley Coopersmith
1982 Night Shift Jefferey
1983 Get Crazy Usher
1984 Splash Wedding Guest
1985 Cocoon John Dexter
1986 Gung Ho Paul
The Wraith Rughead
1987 End of the Line Les Sullivan
1988 Freeway Ronnie
1989 Parenthood Lou
Tango & Cash Slinky
1990 Disturbed Brian
1991 Backdraft Ricco
The Rocketeer Mark
1992 Far and Away Flynn
1993 Carnosaur 'Slim' Friar
Infested Jarvis Tanner
1994 Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Gary
The Paper Ray Blaisch
Leprechaun 2 Tourist
1995 Ice Cream Man Gregory Tudor
Forget Paris Exterminator
Apollo 13 Sy Liebergot
1996 Barb Wire Schmitz
Unhook the Stars Gus
That Thing You Do! KJZZ Disc Jockey
Santa with Muscles Hinkley
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Johnson Ritter
1998 Twilight EMS Worker
Telling You Customer uncredited
Addams Family Reunion Dogcatcher uncredited
Chow Bella Clint
The Waterboy Paco
The Dentist 2 Mr. Toothache
1999 EDtv Ken
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Johnson Ritter
2000 My Dog Skip Millard
The Million Dollar Kid Harvey
Little Nicky Nipples
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Whobris
2001 Blackwoods Greg
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Johnson Ritter
Heart of America Artie Lynne
100 Women Mr. Willens
2003 Pauly Shore is Dead Pauly's Business Manager
House of the Dead Salish
The Cat in the Hat Kate the Caterer
The Missing Sheriff Purdy
2004 Raising Genius Mr. Goss
2005 River's End Mr. Powell
My Big Fat Independent Movie The Mechanic
Cinderella Man Referee
Fun with Dick and Jane INS Agent
2006 Church Ball Gene Jensen
Curious George Balloon Man voice/From the 1941 book by H. A. Rey
How to Eat Fried Worms Uncle Ed
Big Bad Wolf Fulton Chaney
2007 Music Within Clerk
Halloween Dr. Koplenson
A Plumm Summer Binky the Clown
2008 Foreign Exchange Long Larry
Frost/Nixon Lloyd Davis
2009 London Betty Narrator voice
Play the Game Dick
Super Capers Mugger
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Mission Control Tech #1
Alabama Moon Constable Sanders
2010 Holyman Undercover Roy Sr.
Speed-Dating Dom
2011 The Dilemma Herbert Trimpy
BloodRayne: The Third Reich Dr. Mangler
Blubberella Dr. Mangler
2013 Last Call George
Nobody Gets Out Alive Doctor Owen
2014 Intramural Philip post-production
2040 Out from Boneville Lucius Down (then later Werner Sperling in the next BONE movie) From Jeff Smith (cartoonist)'s 1995 and 2005 book

Television[edit]

1965 [(Bonanza)]Michael Thorpe Episode: "All Ye His Saints"

Year Film Role Notes
1962–64 The Andy Griffith Show Leon 4 episodes
1964–65 The Baileys of Balboa Stanley
1966 The Virginian Manny Episode: "Ride a Cock-Horse to Laramie Cross"
1966 The Jean Arthur Show Robbie Fielding Episode: "My Client, the Rooster"
1967–69 Gentle Ben Mark Wedloe
1967 Star Trek: The Original Series Balok Episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver"
1970 The Odd Couple Randy Granger Episode: "The Big Brothers"
1971 The Mod Squad Davey Carr Episode: "The Price of Love"
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Billy Rudolph Episode: "The House on Hyde Street"
The Red Pony Jody Tiflin TV Film
1974 Movin' On Mark Episode: "Life Line"
1975 Huckleberry Finn Arch TV film
1976 Happy Days Moose Episode: "Bringing Up Spike"
1977 The Death of Richie Peanuts TV film
1978 The Fitzpatricks D'Annunzio Episode: "A Living Wage"
1986–87 Gung Ho Googie
1987 Sledge Hammer! Police Officer Episode: "State of Sledge"
1992 Seinfeld Tobias Lehigh Nagy Episode: "The Trip" Part 2
1993–94 Space Rangers Mimmer
1994 Cheyenne Warrior Otto Nielsen TV film
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Grady Episode: "Past Tense"
Married... with Children Mullen Episode: "And Bingo Was Her Game-O"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Muk Episode: "Acquisition"
Everybody Loves Raymond Himself Episode: "The First Six Years"
2003 Arrested Development Johnny Bark Episode: "Key Decisions"
2005 My Name Is Earl Creepy Rodney 2 episodes
2009 Fringe Emmanuel Grayson Episode: "The Road Not Taken"
2011 Workaholics Replacement for Adam Demamp Episode: "The Strike"
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Harold TV Movie
2039 - 2047 The Farmer Max Show The Cougar-Man

Direct-to-video[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation Ricky
1991 Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker Ricky
1995 Fist of the North Star Stalin
2003 Beethoven's 5th Owen Tuttle
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Cthulu voice
2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Farmer Dan
BloodRayne: The Third Reich Dr. Mangler
2013 Assault on Wall Street chuck
2013 Nobody Gets Out Alive Dr. Owen VOD and DVD[4]

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