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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 5, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Oft-honored stage actor Alan Howard began his career on the boards in his native England, debuting in a 1958 Coventry production of "Half in Earnest" and becoming an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company nearly a decade later in 1967 after his first season there. He worked his way through the canon at RSC, playing title roles in "Hamlet", "Henry IV, Parts I and II", "Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III", "Coriolanus", "Richard II" and "Richard III", as well as leading parts in "Twelfth Night", "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Antony and Cleopatra". Howard's Broadway debut came as Theseus and Oberon in a 1971 RSC production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and he returned to the Great White Way as a university professor enamored of the Nazis in "Good" (1982), for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Play. In 1997, he and Ben Kingsley received excellent notices in "Waiting for Godot". Though primarily a stage actor, the tall, thin blond Howard made his feature debut in "Victim" (1961) and played small roles in such engaging films as "The V.I.P.s" (1963) and "The Americanization of Emily" (1964). He assumed perhaps his highest screen profile as Michael, the seducer of a...

Oft-honored stage actor Alan Howard began his career on the boards in his native England, debuting in a 1958 Coventry production of "Half in Earnest" and becoming an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company nearly a decade later in 1967 after his first season there. He worked his way through the canon at RSC, playing title roles in "Hamlet", "Henry IV, Parts I and II", "Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III", "Coriolanus", "Richard II" and "Richard III", as well as leading parts in "Twelfth Night", "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Antony and Cleopatra". Howard's Broadway debut came as Theseus and Oberon in a 1971 RSC production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and he returned to the Great White Way as a university professor enamored of the Nazis in "Good" (1982), for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Play. In 1997, he and Ben Kingsley received excellent notices in "Waiting for Godot".

Though primarily a stage actor, the tall, thin blond Howard made his feature debut in "Victim" (1961) and played small roles in such engaging films as "The V.I.P.s" (1963) and "The Americanization of Emily" (1964). He assumed perhaps his highest screen profile as Michael, the seducer of a gangster's spouse (Helen Mirren) in Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989), although more American audiences may have seen his outstanding bit as Rob Lowe's tutor Simon Rutledge in the lighter fare of "Oxford Blues" (1984). More recently, he was the priggish brother-in-law in "The Secret Rapture" (1993). His TV credits include "Notorious Woman" (PBS, 1975), "Double Helix" (A&E, 1987), six episodes of "Frederick Forsyth Presents" (USA Network, 1990-91) and "Anna Lee: Headcase" (A&E, 1994).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Secret Rapture, The (1993) Tom French
4.
 Dakota Road (1991) Alan Brandon
5.
 Pride and Extreme Prejudice (1990) Sam Mccready
6.
 Casualty of War, A (1990) Sam Mccready
7.
 Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The (1989) Michael--The Lover
8.
 Strapless (1989) Mr Cooper
9.
 Just Another Secret (1989) Sam Mccready
10.
 Return of the Musketeers, The (1989) Oliver Cromwell
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1958:
Worked as a stage hand and assistant stage manager at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, England; made acting debut there as Footman in "Half in Earnest"
1959:
London stage debut as Frankie Bryant in "Roots"
1961:
Feature debut as Frank in "Victim"
1966:
First performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of "Twelfth Night", "Henry V" and "The Revenger's Tragedy"
1967:
Became an associate artist at the RSC
1969:
Earned the London Theatre Critics Award for Most Promising Actor
1970:
Played title role in Trevor Nunn's "Hamlet", Mephistopholes in "Doctor Faustus", Ceres in "The Tempest" and Theseus and Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1971:
Broadway debut, reprising Theseus and Oberon
1975:
First appearance on American TV, "Notorious Woman", broadcast as episodes of "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)
1975:
Acted the part of Prince Hal in "Henry IV, Parts I and II"
1977:
Portrayed the title roles in "Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III" and "Coriolanus"
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Played title roles in "Richard II" and "Richard III"
1981:
Portrayed John Halder, a university professor becoming a Nazi, in "Good"
1982:
Reprised "Good" role on Broadway; earned Tony nomination
1984:
Played Simon Rutledge in "Oxford Blues"
1987:
Acted the part of Maurice Wilkins in TV movie, "Double Helix", about the men who identified DNA
1989:
Portrayed Oliver Cromwell in Richard Lester's "The Return of the Three Musketeers"
1989:
Co-starred in David Hare's "Strapless"
1989:
Acted opposite Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon in "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"; played the titular "lover"
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Portrayed Sam McCready in six episodes of "Frederick Forsyth Presents" (USA Network)
1991:
Narrated "Fuhrer: Seduction of a Nation" (PBS)
1993:
Last feature to date, "The Secret Rapture", adapted from David Hare's play
1994:
Acted in "Anna Lee: Headcase", an A&E movie
1996:
Starred in the National Theater productions of "Oedipus Tyrranos" and "Oedipus at Colonus"
1997:
Co-starred with Ben Kingsley in a West End revival of "Waiting for Godot"
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Education

Ardingly College: -

Notes

Named a Commander of the British Empire in 1997

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wife:
Stephanie Hinchcliffe Davies. Married in 1965; divorced.
wife:
Sally Beauman. Married in 1976.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Arthur John Howard. Actor. Born in 1910; died in 1995.
mother:
Jean Compton Howard. Actor.
uncle:
Leslie Howard. Actor. Born in 1893; died in 1943.
son:
James Howard.
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