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Also Known As: John R Cox Jr., John Cox Jr. Died: February 19, 1995
Born: April 14, 1913 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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John Howard was a 20th-century actor who was one of the earliest screen stars to transition into television. He launched his career producing numerous films with Paramount Pictures throughout the 1930s, most notably as Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, the star of the "Bulldog Drummond" adventure series of films that were released en masse between 1937 and 1939. Howard's numerous co-stars en route included John Barrymore, Louise Campbell, and Reginald Denny. His most illustrious film projects, however, were outside the Paramount umbrella, particularly Frank Capra's 1937 drama "Lost Horizon," in which Howard played George Conway alongside star Ronald Colman's Robert Conway, and as George Kittredge, Katherine Hepburn's fiancé in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy "The Philadelphia Story," from 1940, which also starred Cary Grant and James Stewart. After serving with honors in the Navy during World War II, Howard returned to less glamorous, and less central, film roles, though he did keep intermittently active from the late 1940s to the mid 1970s. He was an early adopter of television, meanwhile, making the rounds on numerous theater/playhouse shows starting in the late '40s, and in the latter '50s...

John Howard was a 20th-century actor who was one of the earliest screen stars to transition into television. He launched his career producing numerous films with Paramount Pictures throughout the 1930s, most notably as Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, the star of the "Bulldog Drummond" adventure series of films that were released en masse between 1937 and 1939. Howard's numerous co-stars en route included John Barrymore, Louise Campbell, and Reginald Denny. His most illustrious film projects, however, were outside the Paramount umbrella, particularly Frank Capra's 1937 drama "Lost Horizon," in which Howard played George Conway alongside star Ronald Colman's Robert Conway, and as George Kittredge, Katherine Hepburn's fiancé in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy "The Philadelphia Story," from 1940, which also starred Cary Grant and James Stewart. After serving with honors in the Navy during World War II, Howard returned to less glamorous, and less central, film roles, though he did keep intermittently active from the late 1940s to the mid 1970s. He was an early adopter of television, meanwhile, making the rounds on numerous theater/playhouse shows starting in the late '40s, and in the latter '50s played two series leads: the title character on the medical drama "Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal" and as Commander John "Pliny" Hawk on "Adventures of the Sea Hawk." Through the '60s, Howard earned spots on many of the decade's top shows, meanwhile working as headmaster at the Highland Hall private school. Howard died at age 81 from heart failure.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay (1999) Conrad Wolf
2.
 Never Tell Me Never (1998) Uncle Darryl
3.
 Cry Havoc (1998) Friedric
4.
 Strikebound (1984) Bashed Scab
5.
 Club, The (1980) Geoff
6.
 Buck and the Preacher (1972) George
7.
 The Destructors (1968) Bushnell
8.
 Destination Inner Space (1966) Dr. James
9.
 The Unknown Terror (1957) Dan Mathews
10.
 The High and the Mighty (1954) Howard Rice
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1933:
First notable feature film role, in "Day of Reckoning"
:
Retired from films after appearing in small roles in "I Escaped from the Gestapo" (1943) and "The Woman in the Window" (1944)
1975:
One-shot return to feature films after a thirty-year absence, "Moonrunners"
1986:
Again returned to films to appear in his last, "The Aurora Encounter"
1988:
Cast in "A Cry in the Dark" a true story of a mother whose child was killed in an animal attack, only to have herself accused of the infant's murder
1991:
Portrayed Silverthorn in the television movie "The Girl From Tomorrow"
2001:
Appeared in "The Man Who Sued God," which starred Billy Connolly and Judy Davis
2003:
Cast in "Japanese Story," starring Toni Collette
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Education

Case Western Reserve University: Cleveland , Ohio -

Notes

Received the Croix de Guerre for valor and Navy Cross during WWII.

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wife:
Eva Howard. Survived him.

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