Special Agent Fritz Howard is a fictional character featured in the TNT programs The Closer and Major Crimes, who is portrayed by Jon Tenney. Fritz received training from the FBI in Washington, D.C. and has been working for the FBI in Los Angeles for the three years prior to Brenda Johnson's arrival in Los Angeles. Fritz is an old friend of Brenda's and has known her since at least her time in Washington, D.C. Fritz and Brenda were married in the last episode of Season Four. Fritz not only provides her with access to FBI resources and inside information when local resources are unavailable but also emotional grounding for the passionate LAPD Deputy Chief Johnson who can get overly caught up in her investigations.
Extremely smart and well-liked, Howard has many law enforcement connections and knows how to track down information for criminal cases. He is a true gentleman and would do practically anything for Brenda. He is also very patient and tolerates her work addiction; for example, he is willing to wait hours or even days for her to wrap up a case so that he can see her. When Brenda's mother came to town as the two were moving in together, Fritz suffered a charade for Brenda's sake, and kept all his possessions in a U-Haul trailer so her mother wouldn't find out. He is extremely kind, almost to a fault, when it comes to Brenda, and he is so supportive and loving to her that he might even overstep professional bounds and risk his career to help her with cases. He endures ribbing from his fellow agents as a result of the assistance he gives to the Major Crimes Division, formerly the Priority Homicide Division, the LAPD division headed by Brenda. In the third season Brenda learns that Fritz had two DUIs some years earlier, and is a recovering alcoholic.