John Howard


Actor
John Howard

About

Also Known As
John R Cox Jr., John Cox Jr.
Birth Place
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born
April 14, 1913
Died
February 19, 1995
Cause of Death
Heart Failure

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Eva Howard
Wife
Survived him.

Notes

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Cry Havoc (1998)
Friedric
Strikebound (1984)
Bashed Scab
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
George
The Destructors (1968)
Bushnell
Destination Inner Space (1966)
Dr. James
The Unknown Terror (1957)
Dan Mathews
Make Haste to Live (1954)
Josh Blake
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Howard Rice
Models Inc. (1952)
John Stafford
Experiment Alcatraz (1950)
Dr. Ross Williams
Radar Secret Service (1950)
Bill Travis
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Blake Randolph
I, Jane Doe (1948)
William Hilton
Love from a Stranger (1947)
Nigel Lawrence
Isle of Missing Men (1942)
Merrill Hammond
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)
Greg Sherman
The Man Who Returned to Life (1942)
David [Hampton] Jameson [also known as George Bishop]
The Undying Monster (1942)
Oliver Hammond
Submarine Raider (1942)
Chris Warren
Tight Shoes (1941)
Jimmy [Rupert]
Father Takes a Wife (1941)
[Frederick Osborne] Junior
The Mad Doctor (1941)
Gil Sawyer
Three Girls About Town (1941)
Tommy Hopkins
The Man from Dakota (1940)
Oliver Clark
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
Jim Kingston
Green Hell (1940)
Hal Scott
The Invisible Woman (1940)
Richard Russell
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
George Kittridge
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
Captain Hugh C. Drummond
Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939)
Captain Hugh C. Drummond
Grand Jury Secrets (1939)
John Keefe
Disputed Passage (1939)
John Wesley Beaven
What a Life (1939)
Mr. Nelson
Penitentiary (1938)
William Jordan
Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1938)
Capt. Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond
Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)
Captain [Hugh] Drummond
Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)
Captain Hugh C. Drummond
Touchdown, Army (1938)
Brandon Culpepper
Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)
Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond
Prison Farm (1938)
Dr. Roi Conrad
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
Capt. Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond
Let Them Live (1937)
Dr. Paul Martin
Mountain Music (1937)
Ardinger [Burnside]
Hold 'Em Navy! (1937)
"Chuck" Baldwin
Hitting a New High (1937)
Jimmy James
Lost Horizon (1937)
George Conway
Border Flight (1936)
Lieutenant, Senior, Dan Conlon
Soak the Rich (1936)
Buzz Jones
Easy to Take (1936)
Rodney ["Roddy"] Garfield
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936)
Paul Darnley
13 Hours by Air (1936)
Freddie Scott
Annapolis Farewell (1935)
Duncan Haley
Millions in the Air (1935)
Eddie Warren
Four Hours to Kill! (1935)
Assistant repairman
Car 99 (1935)
Recruit Carney

Cinematography (Feature Film)

The Hoax (1972)
Camera
200 Motels (1971)
Camera
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Col cons

Editing (Feature Film)

On the Ropes (1999)
On-Line Editor
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
Assistant film Editor

Music (Feature Film)

Crashing Thru (1949)
Composer

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Power Rangers (2017)
Modelmaker

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Care Bears Movie (1985)
Layout Artist

Life Events

1933

First notable feature film role, in "Day of Reckoning"

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

Photo Collections

The Philadelphia Story - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of Behind-the-Scenes photos taken during production of The Philadelphia Story (1940), directed by George Cukor and starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart.

Videos

Movie Clip

High And The Mighty, The (1954) - Cocktails With The Chipmunks Laraine Day as heiress Lydia is tearing into her husband Howard (John Howard) over his latest business fumbling, in their first extended conversation, overheard across the aisle by Phil Harris as gregarious Ed, Ann Doran his wife, novelist and screenwriter Ernest Gann committing to the melodrama, in The High And The Mighty, 1954.
Lost Horizon (1937) - If There Is A Prolonged Delay Nearly smarmy Chang (H.B. Warner) now feeds Conway (Ronald Colman), brother George (John Howard) and fellow plane crash survivors (Edward Everett Horton, Thomas Mitchell) and mentions their rescue from the Himalayan monastery community could take years, about which they speculate, in Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon, 1937.
Lost Horizon (1937) - Where Civilization Ends Big special effects as Robert (Ronald Colman) and brother George (John Howard) Conway and cohorts (Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton and Isabel Jewell), evacuated from a crisis in China, crash land somewhere beyond Tibet in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1939.
Lost Horizon (1937) - Shangri La Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) and fellow crash survivors (Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard and Isabel Jewell) are led into Shangri-La by Chang (H.B. Warner) in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, from the James Hilton novel.
Father Takes A Wife (1941) - What Are You Doing In My Clothes? First with shipping magnate “Senior” Osborne (Adolphe Menjou) who’s been giddy and on spending sprees, joined by bothered son “Junior” (John Howard), who’s been covering for him on a christening, and the explanation begins, in Father Takes A Bride, 1941.
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) - A Bit On The Feathery Side John Howard opens his first of seven appearances as the gentleman-adventurer title character, butler Tenny (E.E. Clive) not pleased with the poem he’s writing for Phyllis (Louise Campbell), delivered by his mentor Nielson (John Barrymore!), in Bulldog Drummond Comes Back, 1937.
Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) - I Should've Been An Actor John Barrymore in a beefed-up role as Scotland Yard man Neilson, aims to make sure the title character (John Howard), with partner Algy (Reginald Denny) and butler Tenny (E.E. Clive), doesn’t know he’s helping chase the kidnapped fiancè, in Bulldog Drummond Comes Back, 1937.

Trailer

Companions

Eva Howard
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

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