Award Winning Actor Ken Howard Dies

Award winning actor and Union president Ken Howard died March 23 at his home in Los Angeles five days short of his 72nd birthday. No official cause of death was revealed.

Howard has been the president of the SAG-AFTRA – Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union since 2009.

The Tony Award winning actor appeared in the Off Broadway production “Camping with Henry and Tom” and the touring production “Equus”. He also appeared on Broadway in the comedy play “Rumors”, as the President in the musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”, the comedy play “The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden”, the comedy play “The Norman Conquests: Table Manners”, the comedy play “The Norman Conquests: Living Together”, the play “Little Black Sheep”, the romantic musical comedy “Seesaw”, the drama play “Child’s Play”, the musical comedy “1776”, and the musical comedy “Promises, Promises”.

Appearing in over 100 film and television productions, Howard made his screen debut in 1969 in the television series “N.Y.P.D.” but the scenes were deleted. Other television appearances include “Bonanza”, “Medical Center”, “Adam’s Rib”, 23 episodes of “Manhunter”, 54 episodes of “The White Shadow”, “The Thorn Birds”, “Hotel”, “Dynasty”, “The Colby’s”, “The Golden Girls”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Melrose Place”, “The West Wing”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, 49 episodes of “Crossing Jordan”, “The Office”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, the daytime drama “The Young and the Restless”, and “30 Rock”.

Howard’s film roles include “1776”, “Second Thoughts”, “The Man in the Brown Suit”, “Clear and Present Danger”, as The President in “Op Center”, “In Her Shoes”, “Rambo”, “A Numbers Game”, “The Wedding Ringer”, and his final role in 2015 in “Joy”.

Along with his Tony Award for “Child’s Play”, Howard has earned the Theatre World Award for “1776”, a Daytime Emmy Award, and two Prime Time Emmy Awards.

He was born Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr on March 28, 1944 in El Centro, California but grew up on the east coast in Long Island. At Amherst College, Howard played basketball – he was over six feet tall – sang in an A Cappella group, and began acting. Howard left Yale in 1968 to make his debut on Broadway.

Predeceased by his brother Don, Howard is survived by his third wife Linda.

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