biographyBorn John Cox on April 14, 1913, Cleveland native John Howard didn't consider a career as an actor until he entered college. After some minor stage work, following graduation Howard headed for Hollywood and quickly signed a contact with Paramount Studios. The studio cast Howard in a few small roles, and soon after he was handed the role of Bulldog Drummond, Paramount's late 1930s adventure series. After Paramount shot down the series, Howard was cast in his best film The Philadelphia Story (1940; with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn). When Howard's contract with Paramount ended in 1941, he freelanced for other studios, including Republic and Monogram. With the onset of U.S. involvement in World War II, he joined the Navy.
LEFT and CENTER: Late 1930s Paramount photos. RIGHT: Unusual mid 1930s beefcake photo with Paramount Studio contract players Lloyd Nolan and Buster Crabbe on the beach
LEFT, CENTER A, and CENTER B: Paramount photos from the mid to late 1930s. RIGHT: With Jane Wyatt in 1986. Wyatt and Howard costarred in the 1937 film Lost Horizon
the films of john howard
Millions in the Air (1935)
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936)
LEFT: From the Paramount drama Valiant Is the Word for Carrie with Arline Judge and Gladys George. RIGHT: with Arline Judge
With Heather Angel in the Paramount mystery Bulldog Drummond's Bride. Avid TV viewers will remember Heather Angel in the role of Miss Faversham in the 1966-1971 CBS TV series Family Affair
Grand Jury Secrets (1939)
With Richard Denning in the Paramount drama Grand Jury Secrets
The Man from Dakota (1940)
LEFT and CENTER: With Dolores Del Rio in MGM's war drama The Man from Dakota. RIGHT: With Wallace Beery
Submarine Raider (1942)
The Man Who Returned to Life (1942)
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
From the John Wayne Republic western The Fighting Kentuckian with Hugo Haas and Vera Ralston
Models, Inc (1952)
TV Reader's Digest (1955-1956 ABC TV Anthology Series)
Howard as General Oliver Otis Howard in an episode of TV Reader's Digest titled Cochise, Greatest of the Apaches, which originally aired in January 1956
later yearsWith his film career in decline, Howard went into teaching and eventually became the headmaster of a private school, yet he continued working as an actor whenever he could. He took guest roles on series as Perry Mason, Mannix, and Wonder Woman and acted in a few films including So Evil, My Sister (1974; with Faith Domergue) and Capone (1975; with Ben Gazzara), his last film. Retiring from acting in the late 1970s, John Howard passed away from heart failure on February 19, 1995, at the age of 81. He was survived by his wife, Eva, and four children.
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Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
This syndicated TV series from 1956 starred John Howard as the title character. Includes "Carlton's Story," "Dr. Means' Surgery," "Hospital Melodrama," and "Off the Pedestal." 103 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.
The Rockford Files: Season Five [DVD](1978) DVD
All 22 episodes from the fifth season--including "Heartaches of a 3ool," "The Empty Frame," "A Fast Count," "Guilt," and "A Different Drummer"--are featured in a five-disc set. 18 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **22 episodes on 5 discs. 18 1/3 hrs.**
Lost Horizon [DVD](1937) DVD
A group of travelers lost in the Tibetan mountains comes upon the mystical valley of Shangri-La, a Utopia detached from the rest of the world, in Frank Capra's classic adventure/romance saga. Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Sam Jaffe, John Howard, H.B. Warner, Thomas Mitchell star; restored 134-minute version. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; audio commentary; production notes; alternate ending; deleted scenes; photo gallery; featurette; theatrical trailer; more.
Bulldog Drummond's Revenge [DVD](1937) DVD
The top secret formula for a new form of explosive is stolen, and only Bulldog can sniff out the crooks responsible. John Howard, John Barrymore, Louise Campbell and Reginald Denny star. 55 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access. Plays All Regions.
Hitting A New High [DVD](1937) DVD
Final Hollywood vehicle for star soprano Lily Pons casts her as a nightclub singer whose operatic ambitions make her susceptible to press agent Jack Oakie's cockeyed schemes. His latest: Plant her in the African veldt as a tribal "bird-girl," so she can be discovered on safari by hunter/opera buff Edward Everett Horton. John Howard, Eric Blore co-star under Raoul Walsh's direction. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back [DVD](1937) DVD
And he comes back in the form of John Howard, making his series debut as Drummond. Here Bulldog is on the trail of terrorists, with the help from John Barrymore as Scotland Yard's Col. Nielson. With Reginald Denny, J. Carrol Naish. 58 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Bulldog Drummond In Africa [DVD](1938) DVD
When Col. Nielson is kidnapped by spies who want the plans for a radio-defense system, Drummond journeys to the dark continent to rescue him. John Howard, H.B. Warner, Heather Angel star; look for Anthony Quinn. 58 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Bulldog Drummond's Peril [DVD](1938) DVD
Bulldog (John Howard) finally pops the question to Phyllis (Louise Campbell), but when a missing synthetic diamond turns up as a wedding gift, pleasure is put aside for business. John Barrymore co-stars in this rousing Drummond drama. 67 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Bulldog Drummond's Bride [DVD](1939) DVD
It's anything but a peaceful honeymoon for John Howard and Heather Angel when the French village they're staying at is beset by jewel thieves who lead Drummond on a rooftop chase. H.B. Warner, Elizabeth Patterson co-star. 57 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Arrest Bulldog Drummond [DVD](1939) DVD
Series regular John Howard is the sleuthing ex-officer, ably contested by villain George Zucco. Drummond is accused of the murder of a scientist who has invented an advanced long-range detonator, and barely eludes police while tracking the real killers. 57 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police [DVD](1939) DVD
An eccentric professor, a missing family fortune, and a baffling murder case are in store for Drummond (John Howard) and his fiancee (Heather Angel) in this tantalizing series entry. With H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny. 54 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono.
The Philadelphia Story [DVD](1940) DVD
A gem of sophisticated comedy, set in Philadelphia's ritzy Main Line suburbs. Katharine Hepburn re-creates her stage role as society girl Tracy Lord, whose upcoming marriage is imperiled by the attentions of reporter James Stewart and ex-husband Cary Grant. John Howard, Roland Young, Virginia Weidler. 112 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; theatrical trailer; scene access.
Fox Horror Classics [DVD] DVD
First, a Scotland Yard inspector is charged with uncovering the link between a werewolf and the wealthy English clan whose members seem to be the lycan's only victims, in the rare horror gem "The Undying Monster" (1942). James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard star. Next, the matriarch of a Victorian London family begins to suspect that their new boarder is actually infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Will it spell trouble for her niece, a beautiful actress who fits the profile of Jack's victims to a T? Based on the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes, "The Lodger" (1944) stars Laird Cregar, George Sanders, Merle Oberon, Cedric Hardwicke. And, "Hangover Square" (1945) features Cregar as a temperamental composer in early 20th-century London whose reaction to the cacophony of the city leaves him prone to blackouts--and murderous rampages. With Sanders, Linda Darnell, Faye Marlowe, Alan Napier. 3 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; featurettes; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; bonus radio shows; more.
Isle Of Missing Men [DVD](1942) DVD
In this Monogram classic, the governor of a penal island invites a blonde beauty to spend a week with him--unaware of her ulterior motives. But when her arrival coincides with a revolt by the inmates, chaos soon spreads throughout the prison. John Howard, Gilbert Roland, Helen Gilbert star. Soundtrack: English.
Love From A Stranger [DVD](1947) DVD
A young newlywed woman slowly becomes suspicious of her husband's activities, and thinks he may be responsible for a series of murders. But if her gut feelings are true, can she avoid becoming her psychotic hubby's latest victim? Wonderful remake of the Agatha Christie tale stars John Hodiak, Sylvia Sidney, Ann Richards. 81 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Experiment Alcatraz [DVD](1950) DVD
Five Alcatraz lifers have a chance to win their freedom by volunteering for an ambitious Army doctor's experiment involving the use of dangerous radiation to treat blood disorders. But when one of the test subjects kills a fellow inmate, the program is scrapped. Now, the dedicated doc will put his own life in jeopardy to uncover the real reason behind the murder. John Howard, Joan Dixon, Walter Kingsford star in this low-budget thriller. 58 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Forgotten Noir: Collector's Set Series Four [DVD] DVD
A law school grad's (Dennis O'Keefe) gaffe working at the office of "Mr. District Attorney" (1941) nets him a dangerous new case. Peter Lorre co-stars. On "Highway 13" (1948), a lovestruck trucker (Robert Lowery) gets mixed up in murder. With Pamela Blake. An FBI agent tries to track down a spy possessing secret government documents aboard a "Sky Liner" (1949). Richard Travis, Blake star. A descendant of the Count of Monte Cristo goes against a crooked lawyer to obtain the "Treasure of Monte Cristo" (1949). Glenn Langan, Adele Jurgens star. When "Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard" (1950), secret missile plans are the prize. With Howard St. John, Amanda Blake. L.A. cops on the "Motor Patrol" (1950) chase down the culprit of a hit-and-run. Don Castle, Jane Nigh star. The "Radar Secret Service" (1950) makes use of high technology to foil bad guys in the atomic age. John Howard, Jergens star. When a mad killer goes on the hunt, a "Western Pacific Agent" (1950) must take him down. Kent Taylor, Lowery star. In the "Roaring City" (1951), a shamus takes a treacherous bet on boxing. Hugh Beaumont, Joan Valerie star. 9 2/3 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The High And The Mighty (Special Collector's Edition) [DVD](1954) DVD
The Oscar-winning progenitor of the airborne disaster film genre features a memorable turn by John Wayne as a veteran airline pilot unable to overcome surviving a crash which killed his wife and child. Serving as co-pilot to brash rival Robert Stack on a Honolulu-San Francisco passenger flight that sustains a midair emergency, Wayne must try to safely land the damaged plane before the fuel runs out. Among the passengers, whose personal crises are shown in flashbacks, are unhappily married couple Laraine Day and John Howard, playboy David Brian, mail-order bride Jan Sterling, and world-weary Claire Trevor; William Wellman directs. 148 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailers; premiere footage; photo gallery. Two-disc set.
Destination Inner Space [DVD](1966) DVD
In the ocean it's a little more difficult for someone to hear you scream, as the staff of an underwater research lab learns after discovering the wreckage of an alien craft on the sea floor. The ship contains a pod which grows into a savage aquatic creature that must be stopped before it's too late. Deep-six sci-fi shocker stars Scott Brady, Gary Merrill, Sheree North. 83 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Buck And The Preacher [DVD](1971) DVD
In the 1860s an ex-soldier (Sidney Poitier) and a conniving man of the cloth (Harry Belafonte) lead a group of ex-slaves to homestead sites, dealing with hostile whites and each other. A funny, exciting and different Western. 102 min. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby mono, Portuguese mono; Subtitles: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; production notes; biographies; trailers.