C. Thomas Howell

Actor and Film Director
Born Dec 7, 1966
Age 48
Hometown Van Nuys, California
Other Names Christopher Thoma...

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, Grandview U.S.A. , Gettysburg, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 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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C. Thomas Howell
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1966 Birth Christopher Thomas Howell was born on December 7, 1966, in Van Nuys, California, the son of Candice and Christopher N. Howell. … Read More
1977 10 Years Old …  His first film appearance was in the 1977 made-for-television movie It Happened One Christmas. … Read More


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.
1982 15 Years Old In 1982 he was originally a child stuntman in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; he also played a minor supporting role. … Read More
1983 16 Years Old In 1983 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 21 Years Old In 1988 Howell played Arturo Toscanini in the story of the world renown conductor in Franco Zeffirelli's Il Giovane Toscanini with Irma Capece Minutolo and Elizabeth Taylor, which was one of his very first straight-to-video releases. … Read More
1989 22 Years Old In his single days, Howell shared a place with his friend, Darren Dalton, with whom he co-starred in The Outsiders and Red Dawn. From July 11, 1989, to sometime in 1990, Howell was married to actress Rae Dawn Chong, his Soul Man co-star.
1992 25 Years Old He then 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


2004 37 Years Old In 2004, Howell starred in Hoboken Hollow. … Read More
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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
2009 42 Years Old Howell plays Dewey Dudek, a recovering alcoholic police officer, in the L.A. police drama Southland – 2009–2010.
2011 44 Years Old In 2011, he guest starred on The Glades and in Torchwood: Miracle Day. … Read More
2012 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He appeared in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.
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