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Howard in Gentle Ben (1967)
April 20, 1959 |
Burbank, California, U.S.
||Melanie Howard (1995-present)
Clinton E. "Clint" Howard (born April 20, 1959) is an American character actor who is known for his portrayal of Balok in the original Star Trek series and Johnson Ritter in the Austin Powers series. Since then, he has continued to make numerous appearances in television and radio, including many parts in films directed by his brother, actor and director Ron Howard.
Personal life 
Howard was born in Burbank, California as the son of actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard, and the younger brother of actor-director Ron Howard. He attended Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary in Burbank. 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 and 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.
After starring on Gentle Ben, Howard appeared in 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. He was sometimes seen on The Andy Griffith Show as Leon, a toddler in a cowboy outfit who wandered freely around Mayberry and silently offered people a bite of his sandwich, to which they would respond, "No, thank you." 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). He also starred on Rod Serling's Night Gallery as Herbie: a ten-year-old boy who could predict the near future. In 1966, he guest starred in the short-lived The Jean Arthur Show sitcom on CBS in the episode entitled "My Client, the Rooster". 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).
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". As a nod to Star Trek culture, he played a part in Star Trek director J. J. Abrams' series Fringe; in the season one episode, "The Road Not Taken", playing a man who thought he was the son of Sarek of Vulcan. (In the next episode, Leonard Nimoy was revealed as the mysterious character he was discussing.) In 2012, Howard was featured in a television commercial for Amdro, an insecticide product.
Clint appeared in 17 films that were directed by his brother, Ron Howard, including the first movie directed by his older brother—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), in both the 1986 film Gung Ho and the television 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), 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.
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, hence the band's name. 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. Clint retired the band in 1983. Although The Kempsters never released an album while together, Clint Howard has recently begun distributing a CD featuring four tracks the band recorded in various studios and seven tracks recorded live on October 17, 1982 at Madame Wong's. Clint is currently selling autographed copies of the album, which is titled No Brains At All.
In 1998, Howard was awarded the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards. During the ceremony 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.
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