Ken Howard

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Ken Howard
Birth name Kenneth Joseph Howard, Jr.
Born March 28, 1944 in El Centro, California, USA
Died March 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards
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Contents

Biography

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Adam's Rib Adam Bonner 1973 1
The Manhunter (1974) Dave Barrett 1974–1975 1
The White Shadow Ken Reeves 1978–1981 1 2 3
It's Not Easy Jack Long 1983 1
Dynasty Garrett Boydston 1985–1986 6
The Colbys Garrett Boydston 1985–1986 1
Dream Girl, U.S.A. Host 1986–1987 1
Crossing Jordan Max Cavanaugh 2001–2003 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
N.Y.P.D. Rick Crossfield 1x22 - Everybody Loved Him March 18, 1969
Bonanza Samuel Clemens / Mark Twain 14x08 - The Twenty-Sixth Grave October 31, 1972
Medical Center Kevin Morgan 4x10 - The Outcast November 22, 1972
The Thorn Birds Rainer Hartheim 1x04 - Part Four March 30, 1983
Hotel Bill Tillery 1x15 - Passages January 18, 1984
American Playhouse Pudd'nhead Wilson 3x02 - Pudd'nhead Wilson January 24, 1984
Glitter Senator 1x01 - Pilot September 13, 1984
Murder, She Wrote Det. Sgt. Barnes 1x20 - Murder at the Oasis April 7, 1985
Hotel Malcolm Taylor 3x01 - Missing Pieces September 25, 1985
American Playhouse Sam Evans 7x01 - Strange Interlude Janury 18, 1988
Murder, She Wrote Hank Shipton 5x21 - Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall (1) May 14, 1989
Murder, She Wrote Hank Shipton 5x22 - Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall (2) May 21, 1989
Murder, She Wrote Bill Boyle 6x05 - Jack and Bill October 29, 1989
The Hitchhiker Dubois 6x14 - Homecoming January 11, 1991
P.S.I. Luv U Packer 1x01 - P.S.I. Luv U September 15, 1991
The Golden Girls Jerry 7x16 - The Commitments January 25, 1992
Murder, She Wrote Maxwell Hagen 9x03 - The Mole October 4, 1992
Batman: The Animated Series Hartness (voice) 1x56 - See No Evil February 24, 1993
One West Waikiki Ronald Markham 1x01 - 'Til Death Do Us Part August 4, 1994
Melrose Place George Andrews 3x02 - It's a Bad World After All September 19, 1994
Murder, She Wrote Matt Kinkaid 11x04 - Death in Hawaii October 16, 1994
Captain Planet and the Planeteers unknown (voice) 5x06 - A River Ran Through It November 12, 1994
The Client Charlie Braxton 1x21 - Money Talks April 16, 1996
Diagnosis Murder Special Agt. Dunleavy 4x02 - Murder Can Be Contagious September 26, 1996
Arli$$ Rocky 1x11 - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of October 16, 1996
Melrose Place George Andrews 5x10 - Nice Work if You Can Get It November 25, 1996
Melrose Place George Andrews 5x15 - Escape from L.A. January 13, 1997
Diagnosis Murder David Clarke 5x05 - Slam Dunk Dead October 16, 1997
Melrose Place George Andrews 6x05 - Desperately Seeking Samantha October 20, 1997
The Practice Senator Frank Patanki 2x11 - Hide and Seek November 29, 1997
Melrose Place George Andrews 7x15 - Fiddling on the Roof November 16, 1998
The West Wing Judge Peyton Cabot Harrison III 1x09 - The Short List November 24, 1999
The Practice Raynsford Bradford 4x15 - Race Ipsa Loquitor February 20, 2000
Family Law Reardon 2x12 - Film at Eleven January 15, 2001
Arli$$ Coach Dreyfuss 6x07 - Of Cabbages and Kings July 22, 2001
Curb Your Enthusiasm Country Club Interviewer #1 4x05 - The 5 Wood February 1, 2004
Curb Your Enthusiasm Ken Abbot 4x06 - The Car Pool Lane February 8, 2004
Crossing Jordan Max Cavanaugh 3x03 - Til Death Do Us Part March 14, 2004
Crossing Jordan Max Cavanaugh 3x12 - Dead in the Water May 23, 2004
Crossing Jordan Max Cavanaugh 3x13 - Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? (3) June 6, 2004
Crossing Jordan Max Cavanaugh 4x15 - It Happened One Night March 20, 2005
The Office (USA) Ed Truck 2x14 - The Carpet January 26, 2006
George Lopez (2002) Dr. Woodson 5x14 - The Kidney Stays in the Picture February 8, 2006
Ghost Whisperer Judge Walter Merrick 1x19 - Fury March 31, 2006
Huff Walt Callahan 2x04 - Sweet Release April 16, 2006
Huff Walt Callahan 2x05 - Used, Abused and Unenthused April 23, 2006
Conviction Judge Hanford 1x09 - The Wall April 28, 2006
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Arlen Rieff 8x08 - Cage November 21, 2006
The Nine Alvy Munson 1x11 - Man of the Year unaired, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x01 - Pilot September 25, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x02 - The Work of a Business Man October 2, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x03 - The Two Alex Vegas October 9, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x04 - Family Business October 16, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x05 - Brotherhood October 23, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x07 - One Man Is an Island November 6, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x08 - All Bets Are Off November 13, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x09 - The Exile November 20, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x12 - The Perfect Son December 11, 2007
Cane Joe Samuels 1x13 - Open and Shut December 18, 2007
Brothers & Sisters Boyd Taylor 2x14 - Double Negative April 27, 2008
Eli Stone Thomas Hayes 2x02 - Grace October 21, 2008
Boston Legal Judge Walter Yardley 5x09 - Kill, Baby, Kill! November 17, 2008
Dirty Sexy Money Evan Connello 2x07 - The Summer House December 3, 2008
Cold Case Harry Kemp, Jr. '58 6x19 - Libertyville March 29, 2009
Unscripted (2011) Himself 1x02 - Ken Howard 2011
Fairly Legal Charles Pease 1x01 - Pilot January 20, 2011
The Closer (2005) Wes Durant 7x09 - Star Turn September 5, 2011
30 Rock Hank Hooper 5x13 - ¡Qué Sorpresa! February 3, 2011
30 Rock Hank Hooper 5x18 - Plan B March 24, 2011
30 Rock Hank Hooper 5x20 - 100th Episode (1) April 21, 2011
30 Rock Hank Hooper 5x21 - 100th Episode (2) April 21, 2011
30 Rock Hank Hooper 6x04 - The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell January 26, 2012
The Young and the Restless George Summers 39x?? - Episode 9852 February 27, 2012
30 Rock Hank Hooper 6x11 - Standards and Practices March 8, 2012
30 Rock Hank Hooper 6x15 - The Shower Principle March 29, 2012
Blue Bloods Malcolm 3x07 - Nightmares November 9, 2012
30 Rock Hank Hooper 7x09 - Game Over January 10, 2013
30 Rock Hank Hooper 7x10 - Florida January 17, 2013
The McCarthys Coach Colwel 1x01 - Pilot October 30, 2014

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer Prosecuting Attorney December 1, 1977 Hallmark Hall of Fame
Superdome Dave Walecki January 9, 1978 ABC Monday Night Movie
The Critical List Nels Freiberg September 11, 1978
A Real American Hero Danny Boy Mitchell December 9, 1978
Father Damien: The Leper Priest Father Damien October 27, 1980 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
The Country Girl Bernie Dodd 1982
Victims Joe Buckley January 11, 1982
Rage of Angels Adam Warner February 20, 1983
He's Not Your Son Michael Saunders October 3, 1984
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues Adam J. Warner November 2, 1986
The Man in the Brown Suit Gordon Race January 4, 1989
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story Bill Smart September 24, 1991
Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight Kirk Reynolds December 2, 1991
Mastergate Courtleigh Bishop November 1, 1992
Hart to Hart Returns Dr. Paul Menard November 5, 1993
Moment of Truth: To Walk Again Ed Keating February 16, 1994
OP Center The President February 26, 1995
Her Hidden Truth Jack Devereaux November 12, 1995
Something Borrowed, Something Blue Senator John Farrell March 11, 1997
A Vow to Cherish John Brighton 1999
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder Alex Hunter February 27, 2000
Sacrifices of the Heart Thane Weston January 10, 2007
Grey Gardens Phelan Beale April 18, 2009
The Council of Dads Burt Wells 2011
Counter Culture Ken May 5, 2012

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares (1966) November 19-23, 1973
The Hollywood Squares (1966) September 30-October 4, 1974
The Hollywood Squares (1966) September 18-22, 1978

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Tony Awards

  • Won: Best Featured Actor in a Play (1970)
Child's Play

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - Performers (1981)
The Body Human: Facts for Boys

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (2009)
Grey Gardens

Trivia