C. Thomas Howell

Actor and Film Director
Born Dec 7, 1966

Christopher Thomas Howell, known by his stage name C. Thomas Howell, is an American actor and film director. He starred in the films The Outsiders as Ponyboy Curtis and in The Hitcher as Jim Halsey. He has appeared in The Da Vinci Treasure, Soul Man, Red Dawn, Secret Admirer, Gettysburg, H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stopped and Gods and Generals. He appeared in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of C. Thomas Howell.


1966 Birth Born on December 7, 1966.


1979 12 Years Old When he was 12, he became a rodeo champion at the California Junior Rodeo Association and was named "All-Around Cowboy" in August 1979. … Read More
1982 15 Years Old In 1982, he made his film debut as Tyler in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. … Read More
1984 17 Years Old In 1984 he and Outsiders co-star, Patrick Swayze, reunited for Grandview, U.S.A., also with Jamie Lee Curtis, and Red Dawn, with Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson. … Read More
1985 18 Years Old In 1985 he again starred in the lead role in Secret Admirer, opposite Lori Loughlin and Kelly Preston. … Read More
1986 19 Years Old In 1986 he played a hitchhiker's target in the film The Hitcher, another of his successful movies. … Read More


1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1992 25 Years Old He married Sylvie Anderson in 1992. … Read More
1993 26 Years Old In 1993, he starred with Linda Fiorentino and Nancy Allen in the campy thriller Acting on Impulse. … Read More
1996 29 Years Old He started an interest in crime-thrillers after starring in Payback and playing gangster Baby Face Nelson in a film of the same name. He went on to direct and star in the 1996 direct-to-video release, Pure Danger, featuring alongside Teri Ann Linn and prop comic, Carrot Top. … Read More


2005 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, he starred in H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, one of three 2005 adaptations of the novel The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. … Read More


2008 41 Years Old Also, in 2008, he directed and starred in The Day the Earth Stopped, a mockbuster intended to capitalize on The Day the Earth Stood Still. … Read More
2011 44 Years Old In 2011, he guest starred on The Glades and in Torchwood: Miracle Day. … Read More
2012 45 Years Old Howell appeared in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. … Read More
2013 46 Years Old He appeared in Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 and was promoted to a series regular for Season 5, which began in February 2013. … Read More
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