C. Thomas Howell
American actor and film director
C. Thomas Howell
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.
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25 Development Facts Behind the Back to the Future</em> Trilogy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the 30th Anniversary of the original Back to the Future is being celebrated, we look back at the surprising facts and trivia surrounding the eventual franchise that has stood the test of time. We focus primarily on the development of the three films, with some added production trivia. So sit back and let’s accelerate to 88 miles per hour and travel back in time… Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale, both of whom wrote the script together, first met in their University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC) Cinema 290 Class in the fall semester of 1971. They were both more inte ...
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Woodlawn: Can Jesus Fix Race Relations?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Woodlawn tells the true story of race, rivalry and religion within the confines of Birmingham Alabama's Woodlawn High School, the last school in Birmingham to integrate. The story follows wonder kid athlete "Touchdown" Tony Nathan (portrayed by talented newcomer Caleb Castille), as his gridiron skills breathe new life into the wildly unsuccessful Woodlawn football team. Solid performances by Nicholas Bishop, Jon Voight, Sean Astin, C. Thomas Howell and Sherri Shepherd (in a refreshing dramatic role), as well as powerful action shots from the gritty football field, give Woodlawn the Hollywood action movie feel that makes you forget it's a Christian movie. Oh, but Jesus does make an appearance, in a most fascinating way. As Birmingham stood divided and torn by race and rival football teams, an unlikely evangelist stepped in to spread the message of one God and one love. The film is directed by brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin. I recently sat down with Andrew Erwin to ...
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Tales of <i>The Hitcher</i> -- The Long Version
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's odd the way the mind works, making random connections. The other day, I was flipping past the Hallmark Channel. That made me think of a Hallmark Hall of Fame production from 15 years ago that I only caught the end of and had been very impressed by. It was called The Love Letter and starred Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Based on a short story that, from what little of the plot I saw, made it seem along the lines of the later feature film, The Lake House, with a mystical love affair over many years through the exchange of letters.) I went on Netflix to rent it - but it was only available to save, not watch. Either it's not available on DVD yet, or Netflix hasn't gotten around to ordering it yet. Whoever's responsible, I hope they fix this. But I digress. But then, this whole long tale is pretty much going to be a long digression. So, I guess it fits. Anyway, all of this, from flipping past the Hallmark Channel to The Love Letter to Jennifer Jason Leigh got me to ...
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Friday the 13th: Kane Hodder on killer instinct, Jason’s legacy
LATimes - over 3 years
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Familiar Faces Joining 'Sons Of Anarchy'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Southland's" C. Thomas Howell and "Shameless" star Steve Howey will appear in multiple episodes during Season 6 of "Sons of Anarchy," TVLine reports. Howell will play Frank Eagan, "an ATF agent with questionable loyalties," while Howey will appear as Hopper, "a hardcore north Vegas member who crosses paths with SAMCRO." In Season 6, fans can also expect to see "The Shield's" CCH Pounder as a San Joaquin County District Attorney who runs up against the area's violent bikers; "Deadwod's" Kim Dickens as an ambitious madame who encounters Jax and Nero as a result of her work, and "Beauty and the Beast's" Bridget Regan in an unspecified role. The new season will also feature the returns of Drea De Matteo, Donal Logue and Jimmy Smits. "Sons of Anarchy" returns to FX in September.
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First Look: Grey's Anatomy Stars Get Animated for Justice League
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
First Look: Grey's Anatomy Stars Get Animated for Justice League Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:24 am, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 The film - based on Flashpoint, a 2011 comic book miniseries by writer Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert - will be released on July 30 in Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and digital download formats from Warner Bros. Chambers plays the Flash, the super-speedster hero whose life is thrown into chaos when the reality around him suddenly changes into a world where the Justice League was never formed, Superman is unknown and Aquaman and Wonder Woman are waging a vicious war against each other that is tearing apart Europe. The all-star cast also includes Michael B. Jordan - star of this year's Sundance darling Fruitvale - as Cyborg, the half-man, half-robot government agent/hero; S ...
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"The Outsiders" celebrates 30 years: Then and now
CBS News - about 4 years
Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders," starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon and Patrick Swayze, was released on March 25, 1983
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Hawaii Five-0: Rumer Willis’ Heart To Be Stolen by Masi Oka
Boom Tron - over 4 years
Whether or not you’re familiar with Hawaii Five-0 – or even Masi Oka by himself – you have to admit Dr. Max Bergman is an adorable character. He is this way because of Oka’s simply astounding likability, something he carries with him in every role he takes on. Heroes fans can attest to this phenomenon. And along with his lovable personality, we’re usually introduced to some equally disarming love interest for Oka to swoon over. Hawaii Five-0 will be no different, but this won’t be the kind of love that blossoms under the best of circumstances. But at least they’ll have something to talk about on their first date. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Rumer Willis – that’s the daughter of Bruce Willis, so watch where you put your hands if you want to keep them, Oka – was given the job of playing Sabrina, the cute young bank teller we’ll get to meet in the upcoming Dec. 3 episode. Sabrina will, quite naturally of course, be interested in going on a date with Max, but that’s when you ...
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Meet Ashton Kutcher's New Love Interest On 'Two And A Half Men'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Watch out, Mila Kunis: A new woman is making her way into Ashton's life! According to EW, Brooke D’Orsay is headed to "Two And A Half Men" to play Kate, a woman working at a discount superstore. The "Royal Pains" actress will appear as Walden's (Kutcher) love interest on the CBS comedy when Walden spots her while shopping at the outlet. In other casting news... Meagen Fay is swinging by "The Big Bang Theory." The "Malcolm In The Middle" alum will appear as Bernadette's (Melissa Rauch) mom on an episode of the CBS series. [TV Guide] C. Thomas Howell has been upped to a series regular on "Southland." Viewers can't get enough of Dewey the cop: Howell will reportedly become quite the familiar face on the TNT drama. [TVLine] LaMonica Garrett is headed to "Justified." The "Sons Of Anarchy" actor is stopping by the FX drama to play the suave Andre who thinks very highly of himself ... until he makes the mistake of hitting on Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Er ...
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'Red Dawn' Star Josh Peck Talks Higher Stakes In Remake
MTV News - over 4 years
Nearly 30 years after Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and C. Thomas Howell took up arms against invading Soviet troops, a whole new crop of Hollywood's Pretty Young Things will fend off an equally formidable foe in the upcoming remake of "Red Dawn," hitting theaters November 21. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Josh Peck, the film follows a rag-tag group of teens as their town is taken over by North Korean forces. As part of MTV's Fall Movie Preview Week, we've not only snagged an exclusive first-look image from the film, but chatted up Peck about the long-gestating project and its roots in the '80s classic. Check out exclusive images from "Red Dawn" and the rest of our Fall Movie Preview films. Production began on the actioner three years ago, long before Hemsworth wielded Thor's hammer or Hutcherson entered the arena as Peeta, and for co-star Peck, the wait for "Red Dawn" to break on the big-screen has been a long one, to say the least. "It's a trip. It's like ...
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'Red Dawn' Trailer: Thor, Peeta & Tyra Go To War With Tom Cruise's Son
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Red Dawn" will arrive in theaters on Nov. 21 with a thick coat of dust and a bunch of before-they-were-famous performances from its star actors. The remake first went into production in 2008 and started filming in 2009, long before Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson helped lead "Thor," "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Hunger Games" to box-office glory. Like the original film, the "Red Dawn" trailer focuses on the Wolverines, a ragtag group of teens and 20-somethings who wind up being America's last hope when North Korea decides to take over half the country. (Just go with this: In the original film it was the Soviet Union; in the first "Red Dawn" cut, it was China.) Guns, explosions, heroics and campfires follow, with Hemsworth's Jed Eckert leading the way and taking care of his little brother, played by Josh Peck. (Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Hutcherson and Tom Cruise's son, Connor, all come along for the ride as well.) It should be noted that the original "Red Dawn" -- which ...
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WATCH: Thor, Peeta & Tom Cruise's Son In 'Red Dawn'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Red Dawn" will arrive in theaters on Nov. 21 with a thick coat of dust and a bunch of before-they-were-famous performances from its star actors. The remake first went into production in 2008 and started filming in 2009, long before Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson helped lead "Thor," "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Hunger Games" to box-office glory. Like the original film, the "Red Dawn" trailer focuses on the Wolverines, a ragtag group of teens and 20-somethings who wind up being America's last hope when North Korea decides to take over half the country. (Just go with this: In the original film it was the Soviet Union; in the first "Red Dawn" cut, it was China.) Guns, explosions, heroics and campfires follow, with Hemsworth's Jed Eckert leading the way and taking care of his little brother, played by Josh Peck. (Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Hutcherson and Tom Cruise's son, Connor, all come along for the ride as well.) It should be noted that the original "Red D ...
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The Amazing Spider-Man Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors Featurette
Movies Web - almost 5 years
Yesterday, The Amazing Spider-Man viral website OscorpIndustries.com/AnimalDynamicsLab led us to an OsCorp summer internship recruitment video. Now, from the same site, we get a featurette on Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors, a one-armed scientist and former associate of Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) dad who gets mutated into the villain of the film, The Lizard. Watch as the foremost authority on reptiles becomes a little too intimate with his subject matter. The Amazing Spider-man - Dr. Curt Connor Featurette The Amazing Spider-Man comes to theaters July 3rd, 2012 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Irrfan Khan, C. Thomas Howell. The film is directed by Marc Webb.
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The Amazing Spider-Man OsCorp Recruitment Viral Video
Movies Web - almost 5 years
Yesterday, we reported that a new viral website was launched for The Amazing Spider-Man, which hits theaters July 3. The site revealed that a major event was going to happen at noon today, May 11, in several major cities across the country, such as Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Austin, Tampa, Minneapolis, and New Orleans. Thanks to the diligence of hardcore fans, today's event has lead us to a new section of the Oscorp Industries website: OscorpIndustries.com/AnimalDynamicsLab. This new section features a video message from Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who is seeking interns for a new program that deals with reptile genetics. Check out the video, then read on for more information. The Amazing Spider-Man - Intern Initiative It seems this "application process" for interns will begin Monday, May 14. We have no idea what this means as of yet, but check back next week for the latest updates on the viral campaign for The Amazin ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of C. Thomas Howell
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 46
    He appeared in Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 and was promoted to a series regular for Season 5, which began in February 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The series was cancelled on May 10, 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    Howell appeared in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man.
    More Details Hide Details After filming The Outsiders, Howell co-starred in his own television series, Two Marriages, which ended after four episodes, but letters of support got it back on air. Howell later expressed disappointment in the series, but eventually found it more satisfying. After Two Marriages, Howell made guest appearances in shows like Moonlighting and The Hitchhiker. In 2000, Howell played a doctor stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash in Amazon. He initially turned down a guest role in ER after missing out on a role he wanted, but his wife signed him up after yet another offer. Following ER, he guest appeared in 24. He guest starred in five episodes of Criminal Minds on CBS as serial killer George Foyet / The Boston Reaper, a recurring villain based on the Zodiac Killer. Howell has played the role of Officer Bill 'Dewey' Dudek, a wild, loudmouth, but efficient police officer recovering from alcoholism, in the L.A. police drama Southland since 2009.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    In 2011, he guest starred on The Glades and in Torchwood: Miracle Day.
    More Details Hide Details Howell has worked with Francis Ford Coppola many times and in other areas of making motion pictures including writing, producing, and directing. In 1995, he wrote and directed Hourglass, in which he starred with Sofia Shinas. The following year, he helped produce The Big Fall and Pure Danger. Howell did not write or direct another movie until 2004. He and his father co-wrote the made-for-television movie Hope Ranch and Howell produced the film as well. The film was a success and Howell went on to write and produce Blind Injustice the next year. Two years later he produced The Stolen Moments of September.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For these reasons, 20th Century Fox have threatened legal action against The Asylum, but no action has yet been taken. He also appeared as a doctor in The Poseidon Adventure, an adaptation of the 1972 film of the same name. Coincidentally, his father's first stunt co-ordination was for the original movie, though uncredited. He briefly hosted a show on KLSX later that year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 38
    In 2005, he also reunited with his Secret Admirer co-star Lori Loughlin, when he had a recurring role on her television show Summerland as Zac Efron's father.
    More Details Hide Details After War of the Worlds, he spent time directing unsuccessful straight to-DVD movies.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Because of its success, Howell directed and starred in a straight-to-DVD sequel War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave in 2008, which was heavily criticized.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Howell returned to the theater in the 2000s in movies such as Asylum Days, the Gods and Generals prequel to Gettysburg, and The Hillside Strangler, in which he played serial killer Kenneth Bianchi. In 2006, Howell starred in Hoboken Hollow. He also became a supporter of the production company The Asylum, which produced his straight-to-DVD movies.
  • 1993
    Age 26
    In 1993, he starred with Linda Fiorentino and Nancy Allen in the campy thriller Acting on Impulse.
    More Details Hide Details After several straight-to-DVD features and a starring role in That Night, he achieved success again in the movie Gettysburg, which was popular with history buffs and history classrooms. He starred as Mike, a motorcycle courier in Mad Dogs and Englishmen (U.S. title: Shameless) with Elizabeth Hurley. His made-for-television movie credits include Suspect Device, Sealed with a Kiss and Dead Fire. He starred in Dads, an unsold sitcom pilot. He also appeared in the short-lived TV series Kindred: The Embraced.
  • 1992
    Age 25
    He married Sylvie Anderson in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children: Isabelle (born February 17, 1993), Dashiell (born January 2, 1997), and Liam (born April 24, 2001). His family currently resides in Stevenson Ranch, California.
  • 1989
    Age 22
    In his single days, Howell shared a place with Darren Dalton, with whom he co-starred in The Outsiders, Red Dawn, and The Jailhouse. From 1989 to 1990, he was married to actress Rae Dawn Chong, his Soul Man co-star.
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  • 1988
    Age 21
    In 1988 Howell played Arturo Toscanini in the story of the world-renowned 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.
    More Details Hide Details Howell and Kelly Preston reunited as lovers in A Tiger's Tale. At the end of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s, Howell appeared in The Return of the Musketeers and Side Out.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 19
    In 1986 he played a hitchhiker's target in the film The Hitcher, another of his successful movies.
    More Details Hide Details The sequel was released in 2003. Following that, he starred as a white student who pretends to be black to receive a scholarship, in the poorly received Soul Man, which currently holds an aggregated score of 14% at Rotten Tomatoes. Howell has since stated that he does not regret playing the main character in blackface and that Soul Man was "an important part of Howell's life" and "an important film" for racial relations in America.
  • 1985
    Age 18
    In 1985 he again starred in the lead role in Secret Admirer, opposite Lori Loughlin and Kelly Preston.
    More Details Hide Details Howell was one of two final actors in the running to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future the other being Eric Stoltz, who was eventually selected. Michael J. Fox would later go on to replace Stoltz after filming had begun.
  • 1984
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Howell also had a pivotal role in Tank, with James Garner and Jenilee Harrison.
  • 1982
    Age 15
    In 1982, he made his film debut as Tyler in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
    More Details Hide Details Afterward, he was cast as the lead role Ponyboy Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders, which earned him a Young Artist Award. Following The Outsiders, he became a teen idol, appearing in teen magazines like Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, which referred to him as "Tommy" and "Tom".
  • 1979
    Age 12
    When he was 12, he became a rodeo champion at the California Junior Rodeo Association and was named "All-Around Cowboy" in August 1979.
    More Details Hide Details While growing up, he also spent time golfing with his grandfather (he earned his nickname "CT" as that was how his name was recorded on the screen boards). Howell graduated from Saugus High School in 1984. Howell attended The National Conservatory for Drama Arts. Howell's showbiz debut was acting in the The Brian Keith Show episode "The Little People" as a little boy whose ears are being checked out by a doctor. When he got older, he tried stunt acting like his father and worked on commercials for a while. He tried rodeo riding for a few years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on December 7, 1966.
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