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John Howard – MovieActors.com

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Howard in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.

About John Howard (1913 – 1995)

John Howard was born on April 14, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. Howard's birth name is John R. Cox Jr. John Howard passed away on February 19, 1995 in Santa Rosa, California from Heart Failure.

With no prior interest or desire to do so, Howard was urged into acting by his classmates at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University. John Howard made his movie debut in a bit part in Paramount's ONE HOUR LATE (1935) and John Howard ultimately landing his own series the BULLDOG DRUMMOND MYSTERIES.

Howard is probably best-known for his role as Ronald Colman's brother in director Frank Capra's 1937 classic LOST HORIZON. In THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Howard was Katharine Hepburn’s fiancé and competed with both Cary Grant and James Stewart for her affection.

During World War II, John Howard served as Executive Officer of the USS YMS-24, a minesweeper. During the invasion of southern France, the ship was severely damaged by a mine which also killed its captain. Howard took over command and fought valiantly to save his ship and crew, even jumping into the sea to save a wounded sailor. For John's gallantry he was awarded the Navy Cross (the second highest military award of the U.S. Navy) and the French Croix de Guerre.

John Howard returned after the war and eventually turned to the field of television where he got his feet wet performing in many of the popular TV Theatre shows; (1949-1956), such as The Pulitzer Prize Playhouse, Crawford Mystery Theatre Theatre, and Front Row Center.

His longest running TV series as the star was Public Prosecutor;(1947-1951). Howard's other two TV series that he also starred in were Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal and Adventures of the Sea Hawk. He had a supporting role in the hit show, MY THREE SONS;(1965-1967).

In February of 1960, Howard was awarded a star (for his television work) on the Walk of Fame, at 6515 Hollywood Blvd.

Throughout the 1960's and 70s', John performed in many popular shows including The Rockford Files, Little House on the Prairie, and Perry Mason.

In later years, John Howard became headmaster of the prestigious Highland Hall, a private high school where he taught and administered for nearly twenty years.

John Howard was married to actress-ballerina Eva Ralf, until his death in 1995. They had four children. John is the father of actor/writer/director Dale Howard. John Howard was married to actress-ballerina Eva Ralf.

John Howard's notable movie credits include...

CAPONE (1975)
SO EVIL, MY SISTER (1974)
THE DESTRUCTORS (1968)
THE UNKNOWN TERROR (1957)
EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ (1950)
THE UNDYING MONSTER (1942)
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (1940)
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
LOST HORIZON (1937)
BULLDONG DRUMMOND (1939-1937)
CAR 99 (1935)



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John Howard & Katharine
Hepburn in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.