Ken Howard
Ken Howar
Ken Howard made a guest appearance on "GL" as Dr. Woodson, who treated Max in the Season 5 episode "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" (ep.#14)
Basic Information
Birthname Kenneth Joseph Howard, Jr.
Born March 28, 1944
Birthplace: El Centro, California, U.S.
Died March 23, 2016(2016-03-23) (aged 71)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Gender Male
Occupation: Actor, Comedian, Politician
Years Active: 1966–2016
Family/Personal Information
Character Information
Appeared on: George Lopez (TV series)
Appeared as: Dr. Woodson
Episodes appeared in: "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" (Season 5)

Ken Howard (born March 28, 1944 – March 23, 2016) guest starred on George Lopez as Dr. Woodson, whom George and Angie, concerned about how son Max has been wetting his bed and has been having trouble drinking fluids, takes him to see in the Season Five episode "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" (episode #14).

Ken was an established veteran American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in the 1972 film 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player-turned Los Angeles high school basketball coach and teacher Ken Reeves in the 1978-81 CBS-TV series The White Shadow. He portrayed Reverand Arthur Marsh in Rambo.


Howard began his career on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" with Jerry Orbach (later of Law and Order TV series fame). He also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1970 for his performance in "Child's Play". He also portrayed several U.S. presidents in the 1975 Broadway musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" and appeared as Warren G. Harding in Camping with Henry and Tom in 1995.[1] He appeared in legitimate theater in many cities, most recently as Tip O'Neill in a one-man show According to Tip, at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts.[2]

Ken had regular recurring television series roles on The Manhunter and Crossing Jordan. Howard also made television appearances on Dynasty and it's spinoff The Colbys, Bonanza, Murder, She Wrote, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Boston Legal, The West Wing, Cold Case, Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: SVU and The Closer.

Howard also appeared in films Oscar (with Rambo co-star Sylvester Stallone), Clear and Present Danger, The Net, Michael Clayton and Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. He later won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in Grey Gardens.


Actors' union SAG-AFTRA announced his death on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, but gave no cause. Executive Director David White said: "Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us."

George Clooney, his co-star of the 2007 legal thriller, Michael Clayton (film), remembered having met him for the first time, in 1983, at 20th Century Fox, as a fan of The White Shadow.[3]

Linda Fetters Howard, stuntwoman and his wife from 1992 - 2016 survived him, along with three of his adult stepchildren. His previous wives include writer Margo Howard; (m. 1977–1991), and American actress Louise Sorel (m. 1973–1975).[4][5]


  1. Plays—Camping with Henry and Tom. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved on December 7, 2012.
  2. Sam Allis. "A new one-man show about late House speaker O'Neill seeks a broad-based constituency", The Boston Globe,, June 15, 2008. Retrieved on December 7, 2011. 
  3. Ken Howard dead at 71 as Hollywood pays tribute to the "exceptional" actor [1]
  4. [2]Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard Dies at 71
  5. Ken Howard at Find a Grave

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