John Howard (Australian actor)

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John Howard
Born (1952-10-22) 22 October 1952 (age 62)
Corowa, New South Wales, Australia

John Howard (born 22 October 1952 in Corowa, New South Wales) is an Australian stage and screen actor. Howard is best known for his appearances in the television series SeaChange, Always Greener, All Saints and Packed To The Rafters. Howard has been married three times, with a son Max, who is a painter, to a previous wife. He has separated from his present wife Kim Lewis (who is famous for her role on Sons and Daughters), with whom he has a daughter, Morgan. In October 2014 he commenced a defacto relationship with Sophie Gralton after dating her through the internet and who left her three children to relocate to the farm he and former wife Kim Lewis own near Wheeo and Grabben Gullen.



He graduated fromNational Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). His first film had him gain recognition in the industry - starring in the film The Club. He then went on to play Marie Curie's evil partner, 'Preston Preston' in the 1988 film Young Einstein. Howard had a minor supporting role in the 2012 Australian comedy Any Questions for Ben?, created by Working Dog Productions.[1]


Howard is also a television actor and has appeared in a number of Australian programs. He began his career as Bob Scott in Young Ramsay (1979-1980) and he has played Frank Reilly in Wildside (1997–1998), Bob Jelly in SeaChange (1998–2000) and John Taylor in Always Greener (2001–2003). He also had the regular role of Dr Frank Campion in the Australian medical TV drama All Saints (2004-2009). He also appeared in Packed to the Rafters playing Dave Rafter's father, Tom Jennings (2010-2011). He also starred in the City Homicide mini-series titled "No Greater Honour" in 2011, while continuing on Packed to the Rafters. He also had a role as the villain Silverthorn from the early 1990s Australian children's programs The Girl From Tomorrow and The Girl from Tomorrow Part II: Tomorrow's End.


In 2011, John Howard appeared in the Melbourne Theatre Company season of the Black Swan State Theatre Company production of the Tim Winton play Rising Water. He has also appeared in David Williamson's play, Dead White Males in the lead role of Dr Grant Swain.


Howard also works part time pulling beers at the Albion Pub in Grabben Gullen.


Howard has won the Most Outstanding Actor award at the 2001 Logie Award's for his role in SeaChange. He was nominated for the same award in 2000 (for SeaChange) and in 2006 (for All Saints).

In both 2007 and 2008, Howard was nominated for two other awards at the Logies for his role in All Saints - the Gold Logie award and the Most Popular Actor award.

Name confusion[edit]

After the politician John Howard was elected Prime Minister of Australia in 1996, jokes about the coincidence entered Australian comedy - notably in an episode of the satirical television series The Games. Often characters in The Games had the same names as the actors playing them - Howard's episode mocked the Sydney Olympics when staff hired the actor (played by himself) as a stand in for the Prime Minister, as they supposed foreign dignitaries would not know the difference.[2]

Howard, identifying himself only as "John Howard", said "Sorry" to Indigenous Australians for their treatment by English settlers and their descendants.[2] This was a direct comment on the repeated refusal of the then Prime Minister to make an apology on behalf of the Government of Australia.

Howard also appeared on the Australian "news channel" parody television show CNNNN (a mock news channel comedy series created and performed by The Chaser) as a guest to discuss the Iraq war, being criticised by a presenter confusing him with John Howard the Prime Minister.

Howard is the subject of the song "John Howard The Actor (an opening in protest)" by Ross McLennan, former frontman of the band Snout, featuring the lyrics: "My sympathies go out/Go out to John Howard the actor/His nomenclature/Messed up under history's tractor."[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Schembri, Jim (9 February 2012). "Any Questions for Ben?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Howard, John (8 February 2008). "Apology by John Howard, actor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ross McLennan - Hits from the Brittle Building". Retrieved on 10 August 2009