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Also Known As: Clinton E Howard Died:
Born: April 20, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Burbank, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter

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A round-faced, slightly fleshy balding former child actor, Clint Howard has been alternating between supporting and small roles in virtually every film directed by his brother Ron to small roles in other "A" list Hollywood productions. Like his older brother, he followed his actor father Rance into show business. At age three, he was cast in several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," as Leon, the little boy in love with peanut butter. Two years later and already seasoned by some film work, Howard was a regular on the short-lived family series "The Baileys of Balboa". In 1967, he won the role of young orphan Mark Wedloe who adopts a bear as a pet in the film "Gentle Giant" which led to the spin-off series "Gentle Ben" (CBS, 1967-69). As a juvenile, Howard remained active in TV-movies and guest appearances. When Ron Howard was given the opportunity to make his directorial debut with "Grand Theft Auto" (1977), he tapped his brother for a small role. The brothers have worked together on numerous occasions since including co-writing the NBC TV-movie "Cotton Candy" (1978). Among the many roles he has played in Ron's films are a wedding guest in "Splash" (1984), a nursing home worker in "Cocoon" (1985)...

A round-faced, slightly fleshy balding former child actor, Clint Howard has been alternating between supporting and small roles in virtually every film directed by his brother Ron to small roles in other "A" list Hollywood productions. Like his older brother, he followed his actor father Rance into show business. At age three, he was cast in several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," as Leon, the little boy in love with peanut butter. Two years later and already seasoned by some film work, Howard was a regular on the short-lived family series "The Baileys of Balboa". In 1967, he won the role of young orphan Mark Wedloe who adopts a bear as a pet in the film "Gentle Giant" which led to the spin-off series "Gentle Ben" (CBS, 1967-69). As a juvenile, Howard remained active in TV-movies and guest appearances.

When Ron Howard was given the opportunity to make his directorial debut with "Grand Theft Auto" (1977), he tapped his brother for a small role. The brothers have worked together on numerous occasions since including co-writing the NBC TV-movie "Cotton Candy" (1978). Among the many roles he has played in Ron's films are a wedding guest in "Splash" (1984), a nursing home worker in "Cocoon" (1985) and a NASA employee in "Apollo 13" (1995). While he has perhaps become best known for his association with his sibling, Howard has proven to be an effective character player, working frequently in TV and films. He had regular roles on the series "Gung Ho" (ABC, 1986-87) and "Space Rangers" (CBS, 1993), appeared in "That Thing You Do!" (1996) and "Twilight" (1998) and had a rare leading role in "The Ice Cream Man" (1995).

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 Speed-Dating (2010)
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 Super Capers (2009)
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 Play the Game (2009)
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 Senior Skip Day (2008)
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1962:
TV debut as Leon, the boy always eating peanut butter sandwiches, "The Andy Griffith Show"
1962:
Film debut as a kid at a party in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"
1964:
Debut as series regular, "The Baileys of Balboa" (CBS)
1966:
Feature acting debut, "An Eye for an Eye"
1967:
Appeared as Mark Wedloe in "Gentle Giant"
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Reprised role of Mark in the CBS series "Gentle Ben", adapted from the film
1973:
TV-movie debut, "The Red Pony" (NBC)
1974:
Had regular role in the short-lived ABC series "The Cowboys"
1977:
Appeared in "Grant Theft Auto", directed by Ron Howard
1978:
With brother, co-wrote the NBC TV-movie "Cotton Candy"; also acted
1980:
Had featured role in "Skyward", an NBC TV-movie directed by Ron Howard
1985:
Cast as a sadistic old age home worker in "Cocoon"
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Appeared as a regular in the ABC sitcom "Gung Ho"
1987:
Appeared briefly on the NBC daytime drama "Santa Barbara"
1992:
Co-starred in "Far and Away", loosely based on the Howard family ancestral story
1993:
Had regular role on the short-lived CBS series "Space Rangers"
1995:
Appeared as a Mission Control commander in "Apollo 13"
1995:
Played the lead in the feature "The Ice Cream Man"
1996:
Appeared as a disc jockey in "That Thing You Do!"
1998:
Had bit role as an EMS worker in "Twilight"
1998:
Played supporting role in the surprise hit "The Waterboy"
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Notes

Howard struggled to overcome substance abuse in the 1980s.

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wife:
Melanie Howard. Had two.
wife:
Melanie Howard. Former saleswoman. Met in 1992; married in 1995.

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father:
Rance Howard. Actor, writer.
mother:
Jean Howard. Actor. Died on September 2, 2000 at age 73.
mother:
Jean Howard. Had three.
brother:
Ron Howard. Survived her.
brother:
Ron Howard. Director, actor. Born on March 1, 1954; directed Clint in several films.
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