Arliss Howard

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Arliss Howard
BornLeslie Richard Howard
(1954-10-18) October 18, 1954 (age 60)
Independence, Missouri, US
Years active1983—present
Spouse(s)Debra Winger (1996—present)
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Arliss Howard
BornLeslie Richard Howard
(1954-10-18) October 18, 1954 (age 60)
Independence, Missouri, US
Years active1983—present
Spouse(s)Debra Winger (1996—present)

Arliss Howard (born Leslie Richard Howard; October 18, 1954) is an American actor, writer and film director.

Early life and education[edit]

Howard was born in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from Truman High School and Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.


Howard established his career with stand-out roles in Natural Born Killers, Full Metal Jacket, and Ruby. In Till Death Us Do Part (1992), Howard portrayed author and attorney Vincent Bugliosi, who led the prosecution in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. In 1997, he co-starred in Jurassic Park's sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as Hammond's conniving nephew Peter Ludlow, a greedy and manipulative businessman.

Arliss has had a recurring role in the CBS weekly drama series Medium and has directed several episodes. He also starred in and directed the films Big Bad Love and Dawn Anna, both co-written with James Howard, his brother. His wife, Debra Winger, stars in both films. In 2010 he played Kale Ingram, a benignly duplicitous supervisor at an American intelligence agency in the cerebral TV series Rubicon, which was canceled by AMC after 13 episodes.[1] Howard appeared in the 2011 feature Moneyball.[2]

Howard has extensive stage credits, including a role in the 2009 revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway. He has appeared in several productions at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, including Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive', with his wife, Debra Winger, and Bertolt Brecht's In the Jungle of the Cities, directed by Robert Woodruff.[3][4] He was also seen as Mikhail Lvovich Astrov in Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya,[5] and Nikolái Ivánov in the playwright's Ivanov, with Winger playing the role of Anna.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Howard is married to actress Debra Winger. He has two sons, one from a previous marriage and one with Winger (Babe Howard, born 1997).

Film and television credits[edit]

1983AfterMASH (TV)Danny MaddenPilot episode
1983The Day AfterTom CooperTV movie
1987Hands of a StrangerFelix LyttleTV movie
1987Full Metal JacketPvt Cowboy
1988Tequila SunriseGregg Lindroff
1988Plain ClothesNick DunbarLead role
1989I Know My First Name Is Steven (TV)Kenneth Parnell
1990Men Don't LeaveCharles Simon
1990Somebody has to Shoot the PictureRaymond EamesTV movie
1991For the BoysDixie's husband Sgt. Michael LeonardTV movie
1992Till Death Us Do PartVincent BugliosiTV movie
1992Those SecretsSimonTV movie
1993Wilder NapalmWilder Foudroyant
1993The SandlotOlder Scotty SmallsUncredited
1994Natural Born KillersOwen Traft, Mickey & Mallory's Guardian Angel/The DemonUncredited
1995To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie NewmarVirgil
1995The InfiltratorEatonTV movie
1995"Wet"Bruce LomannShort film
1996JohnsJohn Cardoza
1996The Man Who Captured EichmannPeter MalkinTV movie
1996Beyond the CallKeith O'BrienTV movie
1996Tales of EroticaBruce LomannRe-release of "Wet" as a segment
1997AmistadJohn C. Calhoun
1997The Lost World: Jurassic ParkPeter Ludlow
1997Old ManJ.J. TaylorTV movie
1998The Lesser EvilIvan Williams
1999A Map of the WorldPaul Reverdy
1999You Know My NameWileyTV movie
2001Big Bad LoveBarlowalso director and writer
2001The Song of the LarkDr. Howard ArchieTV movie
2003Word of HonorJ.D. RunnellsTV movie
2004DandelionLuke Mullich
2005Dawn AnnaTV movie; Director
2005-2007MediumCaptain Kenneth Push
2006WeaponsMikey's Uncle
2007AwakeDr. Jonathan Neyer
2009The Time Traveler's WifeRichard DeTamble
2010RubiconKale IngramTV series
2011MoneyballJohn Henry
2013True BloodTruman BurrellSeason 6, main cast
2016Game BrainDr. Joseph MaroonFilming



  1. ^ "Rubicon Cancelled By AMC". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ Arliss Howard at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Koch, John. "Winger, Howard to appear at ART". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ Profile[dead link] at AmRep (July 2002)
  5. ^ "Arliss Howard"]
  6. ^ "Ivanov"

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