04-20 Happy birthday to Clint Howard, Born: April 20, 1959.
Clint Howard is the brother of actor and director Ron Howard and the son of actor Rance Howard. Clint’s career began at the age of one, with a role in The Andy Griffith Show, a television show that starred his brother. He has worked steadily since, with roles in a number of the films his brother directs, and roles in a number of B-movies as well. His Star Trek work includes appearances in three of the series. In 1989, Howard acted in the cop film Tango & Cash.
Along with Majel Barrett, Joseph Ruskin, Jack Donner and Vince Deadrick, he is one of only five actors to appear in both Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Enterprise. He, Barrett, and Ruskin also appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Other Star Trek episodes he has been in include
- “Past Tense Part II,” a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
- “Acquisition,” a season one episode of Star Trek: Enterprise
- As a nod to Howard’s prominent place in Star Trek culture, he played a part in Star Trek director J. J. Abrams‘ series Fringe; in the season one episode, “The Road Not Taken”, playing a man who thought he was the son of Sarek of Vulcan.
On Comedy Central’s August 2006 roast of William Shatner, Howard reprised his role as Balok in an older, grown-up form addicted to tranya.
Other early notable roles include his appearance on The Streets of San Francisco in the episode entitled “The House on Hyde Street”, and The Virginian as Tommy, the proud owner of a new litter of pups in the episode entitled “Melanie”.
In 1963, he appeared in the ABC medical drama Breaking Point in the role of four year old Mikey in the episode “The Gnu, Now Almost Extinct”. He also played little Billy Taft, the nephew of Dr. Richard Kimble, in the season one episode of The Fugitive, “The Home is the Hunted” (1964).
His first prominent role was as a regular on the series Gentle Ben (1967–69). He also starred in an episode of Rod Serling‘s Night Gallery as Herbie, a ten year old boy who predicts the near future, and played Billy in the made for television version of John Steinbeck‘s The Red Pony, with Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.
In 2003, Howard played Johnny Bark on Arrested Development in the season one episode Key Decisions, which was produced and narrated by his brother, Ron. He was seen in an episode of Married… with Children as a creepy janitor. He played a car thief/murderer in the season four Seinfeld episode “The Trip“. Howard played Creepy Rodney in the season one My Name Is Earl episode “Stole a Badge“, and he was a guest star in the season three episode of the NBC show Heroes “I Am Sylar”
In his film debut The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), he played a child party guest standing on a table at his birthday party, that Shirley Jones put an Indian headdress on his head. Howard also voiced Roo in Disney’s animated shorts Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), which were later incorporated into The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), and Hathi‘s son Hathi Jr. in The Jungle Book (1967).
Howard appeared in seventeen films directed by his brother, Ron Howard, including Ron’s first directorial effort — a short film called Old Paint — when Clint was ten. He also starred in Ron’s first full length feature, Grand Theft Auto. Other roles in the elder Howard’s films include: John Dexter in Cocoon (1985), Paul in Gung Ho (both film and TV series), pathologist Ricco in Backdraft (1991), Lou in Parenthood, Flynn in Far and Away (1992), flight controller Seymour Liebergot in Apollo 13 (1995), Ken in EDtv (1999), and Whobris in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
He also played Sheriff Purdy in The Missing (2003), Lloyd Davis in Frost/Nixon (2008), Herbert Trimpy in The Dilemma, and Paul Lucas in the episodes “Spider” and “We Interrupt This Program” of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, which was produced by brother Ron.
He played Eaglebaur in Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Usher in Get Crazy, Paco in The Waterboy, Arthur Lynne in Uwe Boll‘s Heart of America, cellmate Slinky in Tango & Cash, CJZZ Disk Jockey in That Thing You Do!, Johnson Ritter in the Austin Powers series, another flight controller in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Nipples in Little Nicky (2000), Gregory Tudor in the low budget film Ice Cream Man (1995), Rughead in The Wraith (1986), Stanley Coopersmith in Evilspeak (1981), Kate the Caterer in The Cat in the Hat, Doctor Koplenson in Halloween (2007), and appeared in the romantic comedies, Play the Game and Speed-Dating.
He also played Sanders in Alabama Moon and Dr. Owen in Nobody Gets Out Alive,
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