Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Howard in Gentle Ben (1967)
Born (1959-04-20) April 20, 1959
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Melanie Howard (m. 1995)
Parent(s) Jean Speegle Howard
Rance Howard

Clinton "Clint" Howard (born April 20, 1959) is an American actor. He is the younger brother of actor and director Ron Howard.

Early life

Howard was born in Burbank, California, the son of actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard, and the younger brother of actor-director-producer Ron Howard.



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, thank you". 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, he 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, "The Home is the Hunted" (1964). His first prominent role was as a regular on the series Gentle Ben (1967–69). He also starred in an episode 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-TV 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 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".[1]


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, that Shirley Jones put an Indian headdress on his head. 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's son Hathi Jr. in The Jungle Book (1967).

Howard appeared in seventeen films directed by his brother, Ron Howard, including Ron's 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), and Whobris in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He 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 brother Ron. He played Eaglebaur 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, CJZZ 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, Doctor Koplenson in Halloween (2007), and appeared in the romantic comedies, Play the Game and Speed-Dating. He also played Sanders in Alabama Moon and Dr. Owen in Nobody Gets Out Alive, which was written and directed by filmmaker Jason Christopher and was released nationwide on February 26, 2013. The film made rounds of the festival circuit in 2012, and won two best feature awards, a best director award and a best actor award.[2]


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. In 1982, their original drummer, Mike "Spooner" Bauer, was replaced by Tony Rodriquez and 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 featuring four tracks the band recorded in various studios, and seven tracks recorded live on October 17, 1982 at Madame Wong's.

Personal life

Howard married Melanie in 1995. Howard is an avid golfer who played 150 rounds a year.

Howard is a Republican (contrasting with his brother, Ron, a Democrat).[3] On January 29, 2016, three days before the Iowa Caucuses, he endorsed United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination.[4]


In 1998, Howard won the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards. During the ceremony at which he received it, a montage of other actors and celebrities that provided testimonials about him was shown, in which they referred to him only as "Clint", giving the impression they referred to Clint Eastwood. It was not until the end of the montage and it was revealed that Howard was the actual recipient.



Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Child Party Guest Uncredited
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Roo (voice) Short film
1966 An Eye for an Eye Jo-Hi Quince – Brian's Son
1967 The Jungle Book Hathi Jr. (voice)
1967 Gentle Giant Mark Wedloe
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Roo (voice) Short film
1970 The Wild Country Andrew Tanner
1976 Eat My Dust! George Poole Jr.
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Roo (voice)
1977 Grand Theft Auto Ace
1977 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
1986 The Wraith Rughead
1987 End of the Line Les Sullivan
1988 Freeway Ronnie
1989 Parenthood Lou
1989 Tango & Cash Slinky
1990 Disturbed Brian
1991 Backdraft Ricco
1991 The Rocketeer Mark
1992 Far and Away Flynn
1993 Carnosaur 'Slim' Friar
1993 Ticks Jarvis Tanner
1994 The Paper Ray Blaisch
1994 Leprechaun 2 Tourist
1994 Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Gary
1995 Fist of the North Star Stalin
1995 Ice Cream Man Gregory Tudor
1995 Forget Paris Exterminator
1995 Apollo 13 Sy Liebergot
1996 Barb Wire Schmitz
1996 Unhook the Stars Gus
1996 That Thing You Do! KJZZ Disc Jockey
1996 Santa with Muscles Hinkley
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Johnson Ritter
1998 Twilight EMS Worker
1998 The Dentist 2 Mr. Toothache
1998 Telling You Customer Uncredited
1998 The Waterboy Paco
1998 Evasive Action Hector Miller
1999 EDtv Ken
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Johnson Ritter
2000 My Dog Skip Millard
2000 The Million Dollar Kid Harvey
2000 Little Nicky Nipples
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Whobris
2001 Blackwoods Greg
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Johnson Ritter
2002 Heart of America Artie Lynne
2002 100 Women Mr. Willens
2003 Pauly Shore is Dead Pauly's Business Manager
2003 House of the Dead Salish
2003 The Cat in the Hat Kate the Caterer
2003 The Missing Sheriff Purdy
2004 Raising Genius Mr. Goss
2005 River's End Mr. Powell
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie The Mechanic
2005 Cinderella Man Referee
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane INS Agent
2006 Church Ball Gene Jensen
2006 Curious George Balloon Man (voice)
2006 How to Eat Fried Worms Uncle Ed
2006 Big Bad Wolf Fulton Chaney
2007 Music Within Clerk
2007 Halloween Dr. Koplenson
2007 A Plumm Summer Binky the Clown
2008 Foreign Exchange Long Larry
2008 Frost/Nixon Lloyd Davis
2009 London Betty Narrator (voice)
2009 Play the Game Dick
2009 Super Capers Mugger
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Mission Control Tech #1
2009 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Farmer Dan (voice)
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Cthulu (voice)
2009 Alabama Moon Constable Sanders
2010 Holyman Undercover Roy Sr.
2010 Speed-Dating Dom
2011 The Dilemma Herbert Trimpy
2011 BloodRayne: The Third Reich Dr. Mangler
2011 Blubberella Dr. Mangler
2012 Last Call George
2013 Assault on Wall Street Chuck
2013 The Profane Exhibit Bob Segment: "Basement"
2014 Sand Castles Todd Carlson
2014 Balls Out Philip
2015 The Funhouse Massacre Taxidermist


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"
1964–1965 The Baileys of Balboa Stanley 26 episodes
1964, 1965 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"
1966/67/71 The Virginian Will / Tommy / Manuel 3 episodes
1966 The Jean Arthur Show Robbie Fielding Episode: "My Client, the Rooster"
1966 Star Trek: The Original Series Balok Episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver"
1966 Laredo Midj Episode: "Leave It to Dixie"
1967 The Monoroes Jody Larson Episode: "Teaching the Tiger to Purr"
1967 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"
1970 Love, American Style David Kaufman Episode: "Love and the Coed Dorm/Love and the Optimist/Love and the Teacher"
1970 The Red Skelton Show Lemonade Stand Proprietor Episode: "Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make: So They Added Iron Bars"
1970 The Odd Couple Randy Granger Episode: "The Big Brothers"
1970 Family Affair Tom Richards Episode: "Say Uncle"
1971 Gunsmoke Lonny Episode: "Murdoch"
1971 The Mod Squad Davey Carr Episode: "The Price of Love"
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Kimmy Rolf Episode: "Tender Comrade"
1971 Night Gallery Herbie Bittman "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes"
1971 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"
1973 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"
1974 The Cowboys Steve 12 episodes
1974 Movin' On Mark Episode: "Life Line"
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"
1978 Cotton Candy Corky Macpherson Television film
1982 Lou Grant Jerry Kovacovich Episode: "Recovery"
1986–87 Gung Ho Googie 9 episodes
1987 Sledge Hammer! Police Officer Episode: "State of Sledge"
1987 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"
1995 Married... with Children Mullen Episode: "And Bingo Was Her Game-O"
1995 Silk Stalkings Craig P. Sykes Episode: "Kill Shot"
1996 The Outer Limits Dennis Episode: "First Anniversary"
1996 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
1998 Addams Family Reunion Dogcatcher (uncredited) Television film
1999 Total Recall 2070 Pontifex Episode: "Baby Lottery"
1999 The Pretender Smitty Episode: "Qallupilluit"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Muk Episode: "Acquisition"
2003 Crossing Jordan Gil Runkis Episode: "The First Six Years"
2003, 2013 Arrested Development Johnny Bark 2 episodes
2006, 2008 My Name Is Earl Creepy Rodney 2 episodes
2009 Heroes Tom Miller Episode: "I Am Sylar"
2009 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
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Superintendent Episode: "Kupouli 'la"; uncredited
2014 Key and Peele Aerobic Director Episode: "Aerobics Meltdown"
2014 The Birthday Boys Traffic Control Operator Episode: "Plight of the Working Class"
Year Title Role
1990 Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation Ricky
1991 Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker Ricky
2003 Beethoven's 5th Owen Tuttle
Video games
Year Title Voice role
1998 Tex Murphy: Overseer Larry Hammond


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