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Also Known As: Christopher Thomas Howell Jr. Died:
Born: December 7, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Van Nuys, California, USA Profession: actor, director

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When he was in his teens this baby-faced leading man's career blossomed with his affecting performance as Ponyboy Curtis, the sensitive greaser with the soul of a writer, in Francis Ford Coppola's classic, "The Outsiders" (1983). Then, as quickly as his Tiger Beat status began, the bottom fell out after only a few years. Despite such minor hits as "Red Dawn" (1984) and "Soul Man" (1986), Howell's career descended into direct-to-video flicks and filler TV movies for the latter part of the decade, into the 1990s. Of the all-star cast of "The Outsiders," Howell's big screen success was later overshadowed by Ralph Macchio's "Karate Kid," Emilio Estevez's Brat Pack films -- to say nothing of Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" superstardom. Seemingly fine with his post-"Outsider" status, Howell continued to shine as an actor, even if the majority of the more than 50 films he appeared in were less than memorable.

When he was in his teens this baby-faced leading man's career blossomed with his affecting performance as Ponyboy Curtis, the sensitive greaser with the soul of a writer, in Francis Ford Coppola's classic, "The Outsiders" (1983). Then, as quickly as his Tiger Beat status began, the bottom fell out after only a few years. Despite such minor hits as "Red Dawn" (1984) and "Soul Man" (1986), Howell's career descended into direct-to-video flicks and filler TV movies for the latter part of the decade, into the 1990s. Of the all-star cast of "The Outsiders," Howell's big screen success was later overshadowed by Ralph Macchio's "Karate Kid," Emilio Estevez's Brat Pack films -- to say nothing of Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" superstardom. Seemingly fine with his post-"Outsider" status, Howell continued to shine as an actor, even if the majority of the more than 50 films he appeared in were less than memorable.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Big Fall, The (1997) Director
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  Hourglass (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Bigfoot Wars (2014)
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 Lost on Purpose (2013)
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 Escape (2012)
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 Camel Spiders (2011)
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 Jailhouse (2009)
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 Grind, The (2009)
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1970:
TV series debut, at age four, "Little People"
1973:
Began rodeo riding at age six (date approximate)
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Named "All Around Cowboy" by the California Junior Rodeo Association
1982:
Feature debut, "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial"
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Was series regular on "Two Marriages" (ABC)
1983:
First feature in a starring role, played Ponyboy Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders"
1986:
Scored first hit in lead role, "Soul Man"
1987:
First TV-movie, "Into the Homeland"
1988:
Starred opposite Ann-Margret in "A Tiger's Tale"
1993:
Played leading role opposite Juliette Lewis in "That Night"
1993:
Had featured role in "Gettsyburg"
1995:
Made directorial debut, "Hourglass"; also co-scripted; released direct-to-video
1996:
Played lead in short-lived TV series "Kindred: The Embraced" (Fox)
1996:
Directed second feature, "Pure Danger"; also starred; released direct-to-video
1997:
Starred in HBO movie "The Big Fall"
1999:
Headlined cast of the syndicated series "Peter Benchley's Amazon"
2002:
Produced the made for television movie "Hope Ranch" (Animal Planet) which he co-wrote with his father Chris Howell
2003:
Portrayed Sgt. Thomas Chamberlain in the historical epic, "Gods and Generals"
2005:
Cast in the NBC remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"
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Hosted "The C. Thomas Howell Show," broadcasting Sunday evenings on Los Angeles' 97.1 Free FM
2006:
Had a recurring role as Barry Landes, a therapist and friend to Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), on the FOX drama "24"
2007:
Portrayed successful freestyle poet, David Settles in "Fighting Words"
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Notes

Howell married Rae Dawn Chong after they starred opposite each other in "Soul Man" (1986). They divorced a year later.

In December 2000, Howell allegedly struck a 20-year-old skateboarder with his truck and left the scene of the accident, then reportedly returned and threatened the victim with a hammer. Howell was found innocent of all charges in November 2001.

"I've done many films that I knew I shouldn't do, and had to do for financial reasons. I feel that I'm a good actor. I don't feel that I'm a great actor. I care a little too much about what people think of me to be great. And I don't have the tools of somebody like Juliette Lewis, who is phenomenal. She's raw, and nobody taught her that . . . My turn will come. I've got the capabilities to become as big as Mel Gibson or to go away and never do another film again." --C Thomas Howell in Entertainment Weekly, April 5, 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Rae Dawn Chong. Actor. Married in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11, 1989; divorced.
wife:
Sylvie Howell.

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father:
Chris Howell. Rodeo rider, stuntman, stunt coordinator.
step-father:
Cat Ballou. Transportation coordinator for film productions.
daughter:
Isabelle Yasmine Howell. Born on February 17, 1993.

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