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Ken Howard Biography

Birth Name:
Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr.
Birth Place:
El Centro, California, United States
Actor, writer, producer, voiceover artist, college instructor, restaurateur

Fast Facts

  • Was the only white starter his senior year on the Manhasset High School basketball team
  • Sang in an a capella group called the Zumbyes at Amherst College
  • Once married to advice columnist Ann Landers' daughter, Margo
  • On Broadway, played a gym teacher at a Catholic boys' school in Child's Play; on TV, played a gym teacher-basketball coach on The White Shadow
  • Taught Acting and Oral Argument at Harvard in 1986
  • Has appeared on ESPN promos with Byron Stewart, who costarred as Coolidge on The White Shadow
  • Had a kidney transplant in 2000
  • Was elected president of the Screen Actor's Guild in 2009, and helped the union through its merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 2012


  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner


  • Don Howard -- Brother
  • Louise Sorel -- Ex-wife
  • Margo Coleman Howard -- Ex-wife
  • Kenneth Joseph Howard Sr. -- Father
  • Martha McDonald Carey -- Mother
  • Linda Fetters -- Wife