Who is Clint Howard?
Born Clinton Howard on the 20th April 1959, in Burbank, California USA, he is an actor and a younger brother of the famous actor/director Ron Howard, and best known to the world for his portrayal of Mark Wedloe in the TV series “Gentle Ben” (1967-1969), and as Paco in the film “The Waterboy” (1998), among many others. So far, Clint featured in more than 240 film and TV titles.
Early Life, Family, and Education
Of mixed English, Scottish, Irish, German and Dutch ancestry, Clint is the son of the famed actors Rance Howard, and Jean Speegle Howard; his brother was initially an actor, Ron Howard, now a respected director. He is an uncle to Ron Howard’s children, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jocelyn and Paige Howard. He went to R.L. Stevenson Elementary in Burbank, California, but once his career took off, he left school and focused primarily on his acting.
Career BeginningsSo Clint’s career actually started in 1962, when he appeared next to his brother Ron in the highly-acclaimed TV series “The Andy Griffith Show” as Leon until 1964, and was then chosen for the part of Stanley in the TV series “The Baileys of Balboa” (1964-1965). However, it was in 1967 that he got his first prominent role, as Mark Wedloe in the TV drama series “Gentle Ben” (1967-1969), and then in 1970 appeared in the film “The Wild Country”, in which his brother also appeared. Throughout the ‘70s, Clint featured in a number of popular projects, such as the TV western series “The Cowboys” in 1974, then the Ron Howard-directed film “Grand Theft Auto” in 1977, and the same year featured in the Academy Award- nominated fantasy drama “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, starring Bibi Andersson, Kathleen Quinlan and Ben Piazza, while he finished the decade with a starring role in the comedy film “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (1979), next to P.J. Soles and Vincent Van Patten.
Clint started the ‘80s with the lead role in the horror film “Evilspeak” (1981), and then featured in a number of films through to 1985, including the quite successful comedy film “Night Shift” (1982), and his brother’s Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy film “Splash” in 1984, with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and Eugene Levy as the stars of the film, followed by Howard’s sci-fi comedy-drama film “Cocoon” (1985), which won two Academy Awards. The second half of the ‘80s brought him roles in such films as “End of the Line” (1986), “Parenthood” (1989), and “Tango & Cash”, also in 1989, so his popularity and net worth were both on the rise.
Although his roles are many and his contribution to the world of entertainment hasn’t gone without notice, unfortunately, Clint’s roles aren’t that important for the films and TV series in which he appeared, except for a few exceptions, particularly in the ‘90s, such is the role of Ray Blaisch in the comedy-drama film “The Paper” (1994), starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall, again directed by brother Ron. The following year he starred in the horror thriller “Ice Cream Man”, and also had a notable role in Ron Howard’s historical drama “Apollo 13”, which won two Academy Awards. In 1998 he portrayed Paco in the comedy film “The Waterboy”, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates and Henry Winkler, and finished the decade with the role of Ken in the comedy-drama film “Edtv” (1999).
Later CareerNothing changed for Clint with the start of new millennium, as he continued to appear in films, mostly in minor roles, though he had one of the lead roles in the horror film “House of the Dead” in 2003, and was a referee in another Ron Howard-directed film “Cinderella Man” (2005), starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, and Paul Giamatti, while in 2007 he was Doctor Kopelson in the horror film “Halloween”, and in 2008 he appeared in the biopic about Richard Nixon and David Frost entitled “Frost/Nixon”, starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, and Kevin Bacon. Two years later he had the notable role of Constable Sanders in the drama film “Alabama Moon”, with Jimmy Bennett, Gabriel Basso, and Uriah Shelton in the lead roles, and then in 2011 again worked with Ron Howard in the film “The Dilemma”, starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder. In in 2014 he was cast in the highly-acclaimed drama film “Sand Castles” with Jordon Hodges, Anne Winters and Randy Spence in the lead roles, and has since featured in several other films without great success, though most recently he appeared in the action fantasy film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018), again directed by his brother Ron.
Clint is currently working on several projects, including two films in which he will appear with his father Rance Howard – “Apple Seed”, and “Rick’s Parking” – both scheduled for release in late 2018.
“Star Trek” Roles
Clint has also featured in several episodes of the famous “Star Trek” franchise; his first appearance was as alien Balok in “The Corbomite Maneuver” episode of the “Star Trek: The Original Series” (1966), then almost 30 years later he played Grady in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1995). His next appearance was in 2002 in the “Star Trek: Enterprise” as Muk, and most recently he played Creepy Orion in the “Star Trek: Discovery” (2018).
An Accomplished Musician
Aside from acting, Clint also briefly pursued a career in music; back in the ‘80s he had a band called Kempers, formed with his friends who lived in Kemp Street, therefore the band’s name. However, after two years and a regular gig at Madame Wong’s West restaurant, the band ceased to exist. Though basically inactive for over 30 years, in 2017 Clint completed a CD entitled “No Brains At All”, featuring 11 songs in total, recorded at the restaurant and in various studios.
Clint Howard Net Worth
His 240-plus roles in films and TV series have certainly added a fair amount to his net worth. With a career spanning more than 50 years, it is only natural that his net worth is counted in millions. So let’s see exactly how rich Clint Howard is? Well, according to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Clint Howard’s net worth is over $4 million, as of mid-2018.
Life Behind the Scenes
Clint has two failed marriages behind him; his first lasted for only a year between 1986 and 1987, but his wife’s name is unknown to the public. His second wife was Melanie Sorich; the two were married from 1995 until 2017, when Howard filed for divorce.
An Avid Golfer
World of Warcraft Enthusiast
Another hobby of Clint is the online role-playing game World of Warcraft; his character’s name is Extas, and he belongs to the guild “Thrust”, which is a part of the Dark Iron realm.
A Devoted Republican
When it comes to politics, Clint has been a conservative Republican all his life, while his brother Ron is a liberal Democrat, in total contrast; he has endorsed several Republican politicians during their campaigns, including the US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas during the Republican presidential primaries in 2016.