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Clint Howard
Howard at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2022
Clinton Engle Howard

(1959-04-20) April 20, 1959 (age 65)
OccupationActor Author Writer Artist Director
Years active1962–present
Ann Marie Lynch
(m. 1988, divorced)
Melanie Sorich
(m. 1995; div. 2017)
Katherine Cruz
(m. 2020)

Clinton Engle Howard (born April 20, 1959) is an American actor. He is the second son born to American actors Rance and Jean Howard, and younger brother of actor and director Ron Howard. His 200-plus acting credits include feature films such as The Waterboy and Apollo 13, as well as television series, such as Gentle Ben, The Baileys of Balboa, The Cowboys, My Name Is Earl, and several entries in the Star Trek franchise. He has appeared in many films directed by his brother, Ron, and had a small role in the 1967 animated film The Jungle Book. He is lead singer of his own band, The Kempsters, and also makes custom snow globes.

Early life[edit]

Born in Burbank, California, Clint's parents were actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle and his older brother is actor and filmmaker Ron Howard.



Clint in Gentle Ben (1967)

Howard began his career when he was two, appearing in five episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, then starring his 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 thanks, Leon".[1] 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, Howard 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, "Home is the Hunted" (1964).

Howard's first prominent role was as a regular on the series Gentle Ben (1967–69). He also starred in "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes", an episode segment of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, as Herbie, a ten-year-old boy who predicts the near future, and played Billy in the made for television version of John Steinbeck's The Red Pony, with Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara.

Howard appeared in various Star Trek episodes:

In 2003, Howard 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 Tobias Lehigh Nagy in the season four Seinfeld episode "The Trip". Howard 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".[3][4] In 2024 Howard appeared on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful as Tom Starr, a homeless man who turned his life around, only to be murdered.


In his film debut The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), he played a child party guest standing on a table at his birthday party.

Howard also voiced Roo in Disney's animated shorts 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), and Hathi Jr. in The Jungle Book (1967).

Howard has appeared in seventeen films directed by his brother, Ron, including his first directorial effort — a short film called Old Paint — when Clint was ten. He also starred in Ron's first full-length feature, Grand Theft Auto. Other roles in the elder Howard's films include: John Dexter in Cocoon (1985), Paul in Gung Ho (both film and TV series), pathologist Ricco in Backdraft (1991), Lou in Parenthood, Flynn in Far and Away (1992), flight controller Seymour Liebergot in Apollo 13 (1995), Ken in EDtv (1999), Whobris in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and Harry the referee in Cinderella Man (2005).

Howard also played Sheriff Purdy in The Missing (2003), Lloyd Davis in Frost/Nixon (2008), Herbert Trimpy in The Dilemma, and 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 Ron.

Howard played Eaglebauer in Rock 'n' Roll High School, Usher in Get Crazy, Paco in The Waterboy, Arthur Lynne in Uwe Boll's Heart of America, cellmate Slinky in Tango & Cash, KJZZ disk jockey in That Thing You Do!, Johnson Ritter in the Austin Powers series, another flight controller in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Nipples in Little Nicky (2000), Gregory Tudor in the low budget film Ice Cream Man (1995), Rughead in The Wraith (1986), Stanley Coopersmith in Evilspeak (1981), Kate the Caterer in The Cat in the Hat (2003), Doctor Koplenson in Halloween (2007), and appeared in the romantic comedies, Play the Game and Speed-Dating.

Howard played Sanders in Alabama Moon and Dr. Owen in Nobody Gets Out Alive, which was written and directed by Jason Christopher.

Howard appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which his brother Ron directed.[5]


In 1981, Howard formed The Kempsters, a new wave rock and roll group that was composed mostly of his friends who were neighbors with him on Kemp Street. The band played regularly at Madame Wong's West. The band retired in 1983. Although The Kempsters never released an album while together, Howard has recently begun distributing No Brains At All, a CD [citation needed] featuring four tracks the band recorded in various studios, and seven tracks recorded live on October 17, 1982, at Madame Wong's West.

Personal life[edit]

Howard has been married three times. After a short courtship, Howard married Ann Marie Lynch in 1988.[6] He filed for divorce after less than a year of marriage. The couple had no children.

Howard's second marriage, in 1995, was to Melanie Sorich. He filed for legal separation in 2015, and their divorce was finalized in 2018. The couple had no children.[7]

On July 1, 2020, Howard married Kat C. Cruz, at a private service in Las Vegas. They have a daughter, Rafa’ella Erlinda.[8]

Howard was an avid golfer who played 150 rounds a year from 1990 until hip replacements forced him to quit.[9][10]

In 2015, Howard began creating one-of-a-kind snow globes that are occasionally featured on entertainment programs. Howard brought one with him for his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (with, as a guest, his niece Bryce Dallas Howard).[citation needed]


Howard is a Republican (contrasting with his brother, Ron, a Democrat).[11] On January 29, 2016, three days before the Iowa Caucuses, he endorsed United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination.[12][13]



Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Child Party Guest Uncredited[citation needed]
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Roo Voice, short film
An Eye for an Eye Jo-Hi Quince, Brian's Son
1967 The Jungle Book Hathi Jr. Voice
Gentle Giant Mark Wedloe
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Roo Voice, short film
1970 The Wild Country Andrew Tanner
1973 Salty Tim Reed
1976 Eat My Dust! George Poole Jr.
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Roo Voice
Grand Theft Auto "Ace"
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
B.O.R.N. Jerry
1989 Parenthood Lou
Tango & Cash "Slinky"
1990 Disturbed Brian
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation Ricky Baker
1991 Backdraft Ricco, Medical Examiner
The Rocketeer Mark
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker Ricky Baker
1992 Far and Away Flynn
1993 Carnosaur "Slim" Friar
Ticks Jarvis Tanner
1994 The Paper Ray Blaisch
Leprechaun 2 Tourist
Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Gary
Forced to Kill Drifter
1995 Fist of the North Star "Stalin"
Ice Cream Man Gregory Tudor
Forget Paris The Exterminator
Digital Man Dawkins
Apollo 13 Sy Liebergot
Not Like Us Wede
Twisted Love Gardener
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 (credited as "radar operator")
The Protector Hutch aka Body Armor; Conway
1998 Twilight EMS Worker
The Dentist 2 "Mr. Toothache"
Telling You Customer Uncredited
The Waterboy Paco
Evasive Action Hector "The Director" Miller
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"
Ping! Stu
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
The Sure Hand of God Clyde Trotter
I Am Stamos Himself Short film
2005 River's End Mr. Powell
My Big Fat Independent Movie The Mechanic
Cinderella Man Referee
Planet Ibsen Henrik Ibsen
Fun with Dick and Jane INS Agent
2006 Church Ball Gene Jensen
The Powder Puff Principle Principal Richard Skelter Short film
Curious George Balloon Man Voice
How to Eat Fried Worms Uncle Ed
Big Bad Wolf Fulton Chaney
2007 Music Within The Clerk
Halloween Dr. Koplenson
A Plumm Summer Binky The Clown
A Christmas Too Many Todd
2008 Foreign Exchange Larry "Long Larry"
Frost/Nixon Lloyd Davis
Senior Skip Day Lionel Huffer
2009 London Betty The Narrator Voice
Play the Game Dick
Super Capers Mugger
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Mission Control Tech #1
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Farmer Dan Voice
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Cthulhu Voice
Alabama Moon Constable Sanders
2010 Holyman Undercover Roy Sr.
Speed-Dating Dom
2011 The Dilemma Herbert Trimpy
Blubberella Dr. Wolfgang Mangler
BloodRayne: The Third Reich
Night Club Cliff
2012 Last Call George
The Lords of Salem Carlo
Nobody Gets Out Alive Dr. Owen
2013 Assault on Wall Street Chuck
Huff Karl
Sparks Gordon Eldridge
The Profane Exhibit Bob Segment: "Basement"
2014 Bald Nathan Short film
Sand Castles Todd Carlson
Balls Out Philip
2015 The Funhouse Massacre Taxidermist
2016 Guys and Girls Can't Be Friends Gus
2017 Mad Families "Gravy"
2018 The Church Alexander James / The Spirit
Solo: A Star Wars Story Ralakili
F**k You All: The Uwe Boll Story Himself Documentary film
2019 Grand-Daddy Day Care Judge Littles
Play the Flute Mr. Webber
Apple Seed Hughie
3 from Hell Mr. Baggy Britches
American Christmas Lee
2020 American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules Joe
2023 The Old Way Eustice
2024 Terrifier 3 TBA [14]


Year Title Role Notes
1962–1964 The Andy Griffith Show Leon / Boy At Church Social (uncredited) 5 episodes
1963 Breaking Point Mikey Episode: "The Gnu, Now Almost Extinct"
1964 Vacation Playhouse Little Boy Episode: "Hey, Teacher"
1964–1965 The Baileys of Balboa Stanley 26 episodes
The Fugitive Billy Taft / Johnny Stransel Episodes: "Home Is the Hunted" / "Set Fire to a Straw Man"
1965 Bonanza Michael Thorpe Episode: "All Ye His Saints"
1966 The Patty Duke Show Ralphie Episode: "Three Little Kittens"
1965–1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies David / Davey 3 episodes
1965–1970 The F.B.I. Alan Ellwood / Josh Cobb Episodes: "An Elephant Is Like a Rope" / "Incident in the Desert"
1966–1971 The Virginian Will / Tommy / Manuel 3 episodes
1966 The Jean Arthur Show Robbie Fielding Episode: "My Client, the Rooster"
Star Trek: The Original Series Balok S1:E10, "The Corbomite Maneuver"
Laredo Midj Episode: "Leave It to Dixie"
1967 The Monroes Jody Larson Episode: "Teaching the Tiger to Purr"
Judd for the Defense Tim Oliver Episode: "A Civil Case of Murder"
1967–1969 Gentle Ben Mark Wedloe 56 episodes
1970 Lancer Willie Sharpe Episode: "Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe"
Love, American Style David Kaufman Episode: "Love and the Coed Dorm/Love and the Optimist/Love and the Teacher"
The Red Skelton Show Lemonade Stand Proprietor Episode: "Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make: So They Added Iron Bars"
The Odd Couple Randy Granger Episode: "The Big Brothers"
Family Affair Tom Richards Episode: "Say Uncle"
1971 Gunsmoke Lonny Episode: "Murdoch"
The Mod Squad Davey Carr Episode: "The Price of Love"
Marcus Welby, M.D. Kimmy Rolf Episode: "Tender Comrade"
Night Gallery Herbie Bittman "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes"
Nanny and the Professor Timmy McGovern Episode: "One for the Road"
1971–1973 Insight Larry Gilprin 2 episodes
1973 The Rookies Dennis Palmer Episode: "Crossfire"
The Red Pony Jody Tiflin Television film
1973–1974 The Streets of San Francisco Billy Rudolph 2 episodes
1974 Doc Elliot Paul Scarne Episode: "A Small Hand of Friendship"
The Cowboys Steve 12 episodes
Movin' On Mark / Henry Episodes: "Life Line" / "The Trick is to Stay Alive"
1975 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Andrew Episode: "Wild Country: Part 2"
1975 Huckleberry Finn Arch Television film
1976–1980 Happy Days "Moose" 2 episodes
1977 The Death of Richie "Peanuts" Television film
1978 The Fitzpatricks D'Annunzio Episode: "A Living Wage"
Cotton Candy Corky MacPherson Television film
1982 Lou Grant Jerry Kovacovich Episode: "Recovery"
1986–1987 Gung Ho "Googie" 9 episodes
1987 Sledge Hammer! Police Officer Episode: "State of Sledge"
Santa Barbara Marshall Episode: "#1.677"
1990 Hunter Man In Restaurant Episode: "Kill Zone"
1992 Seinfeld Tobias Lehigh Nagy Episode: "The Trip" Part 2
1993–1994 Space Rangers Mimmer 6 episodes
1994 Cheyenne Warrior Otto Nielsen Television film
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Grady Episode: "Past Tense"
Married... with Children Mullen Episode: "And Bingo Was Her Game-O"
Silk Stalkings Craig P. Sykes Episode: "Kill Shot"
1996 The Outer Limits Dennis Episode: "First Anniversary"
Humanoids from the Deep Deputy Television film
1997 Gun The Homeless Guy Episode: "The Shot"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Paul Lucas Miniseries
Addams Family Reunion Dogcatcher (uncredited) Television film
1999 Total Recall 2070 Pontifex Episode: "Baby Lottery"
The Pretender "Smitty" Episode: "Qallupilluit"
Arthur's Quest Mr. Whitney Television film
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Muk Episode: "Acquisition"
Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa Tug Voice, television film
2003 Crossing Jordan Gil Runkis Episode: "The First Six Years"
2003–2013 Arrested Development Johnny Bark 2 episodes
2006–2008 My Name Is Earl Rodney "Creepy Rodney" 2 episodes
2009 Heroes Tom Miller Episode: "I Am Sylar"
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 Television film; segment: "Lucy"
Hawaii Five-0 Superintendent Episode: "Kupouli 'la"; uncredited[citation needed]
2014 Key and Peele Aerobics Director Episode: "Aerobics Meltdown"
The Birthday Boys Traffic Control Operator Episode: "Plight of the Working Class"
2016 Still the King Dave "Crazy Dave" 2 episodes
2018 Star Trek: Discovery Orion Drug Dealer Episode: "Will You Take My Hand?"
2019 Those Who Can't Howard Episode: "Grisly Man"
2021 Just Roll with It Adrian Rose Episode: "Warlock World: War of the Warlocks"
2023 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Commander Buck Martinez Episode: "Under the Cloak of War"
2024 The Bold and the Beautiful Tom Starr[15] Recurring role
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020–2021 The Shadow Diaries Dr. Richard Summers Voice role [16]
Video games
Year Title Voice role
1998 Tex Murphy: Overseer Larry Hammond

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  2. ^ Deb, Sopan (February 11, 2018). "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Finale: Wrapping Up". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Heroes: I Am Sylar". WMC Action News 5. April 4, 2009. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "NBC Universal Media Village". NBC. Retrieved 2009-04-02.[dead link]
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (August 3, 2017). "Han Solo Movie: Clint Howard to Appear in 'Star Wars' Spinoff". Variety. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Ancestry.com. Nevada, U.S., Marriage Index, 1956-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
  7. ^ "Clint Howard, Wife Melanie Split After 22 Years of Marriage". Us Weekly. 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  8. ^ Herenda, Devin (2021-12-15). "Clint Clint reflects on Burbank roots, discusses new memoir written with brother Ron Howard". myBurbank.com. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  9. ^ Moeller, Jeff (January 5, 2023). "For longtime actor, sports have always played a leading role". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  10. ^ @clinthowardofficial. "Time to celebrate a successful hip replacement reset". Instagram. Retrieved July 29, 2023 – via Picuki.
  11. ^ Bond, Paul. "Conservative actors bemoan "intolerant" Hollywood". Reuters. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  12. ^ Moody, Chris (January 29, 2016). "Why actor Clint Howard is campaigning for Ted Cruz". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Clint Howard Endorses Ted Cruz for President". tedcruz.org. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Miska, Brad (July 10, 2024). "'Terrifier 3' – Clint Howard & Krsy Fox Come Face-to-Face With Art the Clown!". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on July 10, 2024. Retrieved July 10, 2024.
  15. ^ Brounstein, Diane (April 22, 2024). "Comings and Goings: The Latest Cast Chanegs". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on April 23, 2024. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (October 27, 2020). "The Shadow Diaries' Podcast Starring Madelaine Petsch & Kara Hayward In The Works From Studio71 & Snarled Entertainment". Deadline. Retrieved July 9, 2023.

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