Ken Howard was elected the National President of The Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He was re-elected National President of the newly formed Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in August of 2013. He has been a working member of SAG/AFTRA for over forty years.
The Tony and two-time Emmy Award winning actor garnered his second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2009 for his role as Phelan Beale in HBO’s critically acclaimed Grey Gardens. The project was also honored with the Emmy and Golden Globe for Outstanding TV Movie. He had a recurring role on NBC’s Emmy winning 30 Rock. Recent films include The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart (2015) and The Judge opposite Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. (2014).
Howard made his professional debut on Broadway in 1968 in Neil Simmons’ Promises, Promises. He originated the role of Thomas Jefferson in the Tony-winning musical 1776 (1969),directed by Peter Hunt, receiving a Theatre World Award. Howard earned his Tony for his work as a young gym coach at a Catholic boy’s school in Child’s Play. He has performed in nearly forty stage productions, seven of which were on Broadway and over twenty feature films.
On television he has starred in seven series, six mini-series, seventeen movies and made countless guest appearances. He helped create The White Shadow, a groundbreaking television series in which he starred from 1978 through 1982.
He spent three years in Cambridge, MA (1986-89) teaching at the American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He authored the book, Act Natural (Random House, 2003) and is currently working on his second book, an autobiography.
Howard is the National Spokesperson and serves on the Executive Board for the Onyx and Breezy Foundation. The foundation offers financial aid to credible organizations and individuals who benefit the welfare of animals.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, retired stuntwoman and former president of the Stuntwomen’s Association of Motion Pictures, Inc., Linda Howard and their adopted dog, Harley Hoops.