Howard, Arliss 1954–

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Howard, Arliss 1954–

(Less R. Howard)


Original name, Leslie Richard Howard; born October 18, 1954, in Independence, MO; brother of James "Jim" Howard (an actor and writer); married, wife's name Karen (divorced); married Debra Winger (an actress), c. November, 1996; children: (first marriage) Sam; (second marriage) Babe Gideon, Noah Hutton (stepson). Education: Columbia College, Columbia, MO, graduated, 1976; trained at Actors Studio, New York City.

Addresses: Manager—Gene Parseghian, Untitled Entertainment, 331 North Maple Dr., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actor, producer, director, and writer. Appeared in community theatre productions in Kansas City, MO; Actors Studio, New York City, life member. Worked as a ranch hand in New Mexico.

Awards, Honors: Annual CableACE Award, best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries, National Cable Television Association, 1992, for Someone Has to Shoot the Picture; Bronze Wrangler Award, outstanding television movie (with others), Western Heritage Awards, 2000, for You Know My Name; Elliot Norton Award, outstanding actor in a large company, Boston Theatre Critics Association, 2003, for Uncle Vanya.


Film Appearances:

Scott Stuart (some sources cite Greg Stuart), The Prodigal, World Wide Pictures, 1983.

Leon Spencer, Door to Door, 1984.

Peter, Sylvester, Columbia TriStar, 1985.

Eddie Waxler, The Lightship (also known as Killers at Sea), Castle Hill, 1985.

Ed Bricker, The Ladies Club (also known as The Violated), New Line Cinema, 1986.

Private Cowboy, Full Metal Jacket (also known as Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"), Warner Bros., 1987.

Greg Lindroff, Tequila Sunrise, Warner Bros., 1988.

Nick Dunbar, Plain Clothes, Paramount, 1988.

Charles Simon, Men Don't Leave, Geffen, 1990.

(Uncredited) Sergeant Michael Leonard, For the Boys, 1991.

Maxwell, Ruby, Triumph Releasing, 1992.

Joe, CrissCross (also known as Alone Together), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1992.

Wilder Foudroyant, Wilder Napalm, TriStar, 1993.

Grown-up Scotty, The Sandlot (also known as The Sandlot Kids), 1993.

(Uncredited) Owen Traft, Natural Born Killers, Warner Bros., 1994.

Virgil, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Universal, 1995.

John Cardoza, Johns, First Look Pictures Releasing, 1996.

Bruce Lomann, "Wet" (also known as "Feucht"), Tales of Erotica (also known as Erotica), Trimark Pictures, 1996.

Peter Ludlow, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Universal, 1997.

John C. Calhoun, Amistad, DreamWorks, 1997.

Ivan Williams, The Lesser Evil, Orion Home Entertainment, 1998.

Paul Reverdy, A Map of the World (also known as Unschuldig verfolgt), First Look Pictures Releasing, 1999.

Leon Barlow, Big Bad Love, IFC Films, 2002.

Luke Mullich, Dandelion, Ruth Pictures, 2004.

Bob, Birth, Fine Line, 2004.

Himself, The Needs of Kim Stanley (documentary), Frozen Motion Films, 2005.

Mikey's uncle, Weapons, Pantry Films/Fried Films/Circle of Confusion/Weapons Productions, 2006.

Television Work:

Executive producer and director, Big Bad Love, IFC Films, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Tom Cooper, The Day After, ABC, 1983.

John Lyons, A Killer in the Family, ABC, 1983.

Jim Eckes, Last Flight Out, NBC, 1990.

Raymond Eames, Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture, HBO, 1990.

Vincent Bugliosi, Till Death Us Do Part (also known as Married for Murder), NBC, 1992.

Simon, Those Secrets, ABC, 1992.

Eaton, The Infiltrator, HBO, 1995.

Peter Malkin, The Man Who Captured Eichmann, TNT, 1996.

Keith O'Brien, Beyond the Call, Showtime, 1996.

J. J. Taylor, Old Man (also known as William Faulkner's "Old Man"), CBS, 1997.

Wiley, You Know My Name (also known as Bill Tilghman), TNT, 1998.

Dr. Howard Archie, The Song of the Lark, PBS, 2001.

J. D. Runnells, Word of Honor, TNT, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Felix Lyttle, Hands of a Stranger, NBC, 1987.

(Uncredited) Kenneth Parnell, I Know My First Name Is Steven (also known as The Missing Years), NBC, 1989.

John Limbert, L'Amerique en otage (also known as Iran: Days of Crisis), TNT, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Slasher" Phil Platt, "Bangladesh Slowly," Hill Street Blues, 1984.

Stranger, "Kentucky Rye," The Twilight Zone, 1985.

Captain Kenneth Push, "When Push Comes to Shove: Parts 1 & 2," Medium, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Captain Kenneth Push, Medium, NBC, 2005.

Television Work; Movies:

Coproducer and (as Less R. Howard) director, Dawn Anna, Lifetime, 2005.

Television Work; Episodic:

Director, Medium, NBC.

Stage Appearances:

Dennis Jensen, The Monogamist, Playwright's Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1995.

George Garga, In the Jungle of Cities, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1998.

Uncle Peck, How I Learned to Drive, American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA, 1998.

Nikolai Ivanov, Ivanov, American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, 1999–2000.

Earl Moss, The Late Henry Moss, Signature Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Uncle Vanya, American Repertory Theatre, 2003.

Also appeared in Fool for Love, Alley Theatre; Geography of Luck, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles; Killer's Head, Signature Theatre; A Lie of the Mind, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles; and Life and Limb, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA.

Stage Work:

Director of stage plays.


Audio Books; Reader:

The Human Stain, by Philip Roth, Houghton Mifflin Audio, 2000.

That Old Ace in the Hole, by Annie Proulx, Simon & Schuster, 2002.

The Dying Animal, by Philip Roth, Houghton Mifflin Audio, 2002.

Bay of Souls: A Novel, by Robert Stone, Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

The Hot Kid, by Elmore Leonard, Recorded Books, 2005.

The Confessor, by Daniel Silva, RH Audio, 2005.



Big Bad Love, IFC Films, 2002.

Television Movies:

Dawn Anna, Lifetime, 2005.



New York Times, November 10, 1996, p. H18.

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