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Also Known As: Less R Howard, Leslie Richard Howard Died:
Born: October 18, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Independence, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, director

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This versatile stage-trained character player of the 1980s and 90s first registered with a role in the high-profile ABC-TV movie "The Day After" (1983), about the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. After several years of bouncing between low-budget features ("The Lightship" 1985) and TV-movies ("A Killer in the Family," ABC 1983), Howard registered with audiences with his portrayal of Cowboy, a gung-ho marine, in Stanley Kubrick's devastating Vietnam saga "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). He has since turned in some fine performances in features, including "Tequila Sunrise" (1988), as Mel Gibson's drug-addicted cousin; "Men Don't Leave" (1990), as Jessica Lange's love interest; "Wilder Napalm" (1993), as Dennis Quaid's pyromaniac brother; and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), as Stockard Channing's abusive husband. More recently, he co-starred in the independent "johns" and offered a villainous turn as the British businessman out to capture dinosaurs for exhibitions in Steven Spielberg's sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (both 1997). On the small screen, Howard has offered strong portrayals of criminals like a sadistic rapist in "Hands of a Stranger" (NBC, 1987) and the...

This versatile stage-trained character player of the 1980s and 90s first registered with a role in the high-profile ABC-TV movie "The Day After" (1983), about the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. After several years of bouncing between low-budget features ("The Lightship" 1985) and TV-movies ("A Killer in the Family," ABC 1983), Howard registered with audiences with his portrayal of Cowboy, a gung-ho marine, in Stanley Kubrick's devastating Vietnam saga "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). He has since turned in some fine performances in features, including "Tequila Sunrise" (1988), as Mel Gibson's drug-addicted cousin; "Men Don't Leave" (1990), as Jessica Lange's love interest; "Wilder Napalm" (1993), as Dennis Quaid's pyromaniac brother; and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), as Stockard Channing's abusive husband. More recently, he co-starred in the independent "johns" and offered a villainous turn as the British businessman out to capture dinosaurs for exhibitions in Steven Spielberg's sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (both 1997).

On the small screen, Howard has offered strong portrayals of criminals like a sadistic rapist in "Hands of a Stranger" (NBC, 1987) and the pedophile who kidnaps a young boy and holds him for seven years in the miniseries "I Know My First Name Is Steven" (NBC, 1989). He won a CableACE Award for his supporting turn in the HBO film "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture" (1990). More recently, he was the bewildered husband of Sissy Spacek in Showtime's "Beyond the Call" (1996) and the Israeli Mossad agent who became "The Man Who Captured Eichmann" (TNT, 1996). Howard earned widespread critical praise for his role as a convict who befriends a pregnant woman (Jeanne Tripplehorn) in "William Faulkner's Old Man" (CBS, 1997).

Howard married his "Wilder Napalm" co-star Debra Winger in 1996.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Dawn Anna (2005) Director
2.
  Big Bad Love (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Concussion (2015)
2.
 Moneyball (2011)
4.
 Awake (2007)
5.
 Weapons (2007)
6.
 Dandelion (2004) Luke Mullich
7.
 Birth (2004) Bob
8.
 Word of Honor (2003) J.D. Runnells
9.
 Big Bad Love (2001) Leon Barlow
10.
 You Know My Name (1999) Wiley
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Milestones close milestones

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After college, worked as a ranchhand in New Mexico for two years
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Began acting in community theater in Kansas City, MO
1983:
TV-movie acting debut, "A Killer in the Family"
1983:
First gained attention for his performance in the controversial ABC TV-movie "The Day After"
1983:
Feature acting debut, "The Prodigal"
1987:
Breakthrough screen role in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"
1989:
Played a pedophile in the NBC miniseries "I Know My First Name is Steven"
1990:
Played a love interest for Jessica Lange in "Men Don't Leave"
1995:
Cast as an abusive husband in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"
1995:
Appeared Off-Broadway in the acclaimed production, "The Monogamist"
1996:
Had title role in "The Man Who Captured Eichmann" (TNT)
1998:
Appeared in the American Repertory Theatre staging of "How I Learned to Drive," opposite wife Debra Winger
2001:
Feature directorial debut, "Big Bad Love"; also co-starred opposite Winger and co-written with brother James Howard (released theatrically in 2002)
2001:
Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in the NYC premiere of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"
2004:
Appeared in "Birth" with Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright and Danny Huston; helmed by Jonathan Glazer
2005:
Directed the Lifetime movie, "Dawn Anna"; starring wife Debra Winger in the title role
2007:
Appeared in the suspense thriller, "Awake"
2010:
Landed a recurring role on the crime series "Rubicon"
2013:
Landed a recurring role as Truman Burrell on the HBO vampire series "True Blood"
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Education

Columbia College: Columbia , Missouri -
The Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

In addition to appearing on stage in Los Angeles, Howard has also directed several plays.

On making a movie: "It's really about the day-to-day communication of living with other human beings in a real closed-off environment and all the lessons you learned as a kid: Wait till it's your turn to talk. Be nice to people. Don't shout. Don't cuss. Don't steal anything. Clean up your mess." --Arliss Howard in PREMIERE, March 1990

"Mr. Howard is no household name. He is one of those steady-working actors who usually land big parts in small films and small parts in big ones." --William Grimes writing in "Capturing the Man Who Caught Eichmann", THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 10, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Karen Howard. Divorced.
companion:
Holly Hunter. Actor. Dated in the early 1990s.
wife:
Debra Winger. Actor. Met c. 1993; married in November 1996.

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brother:
James Howard. Screenwriter.
step-son:
Noah Hutton. Son of Debra Winger and Timothy Hutton.
son:
Babe Howard. Born on June 5, 1997; mother, Debra Winger.

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