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C. Thomas Howell
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Born Christopher Thomas Howell

December 7, 1966 Van Nuys, California, U.S.

Other names Tommy Howell, Tom Howell
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Rae Dawn Chong (1989–1990)

Sylvie Anderson (1992–2016)

Children 3

Christopher Thomas Howell (born December 7, 1966), better known as 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 also recently appeared in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. More recently, Howell appeared in the recurring and popular role of Police Officer III, Bill "Dewey" Dudek, in the TNT Series, Southland.

Early life and education

Howell was born on December 7, 1966, in Van Nuys, California, the son of Candice and Christopher N. Howell. He has two sisters, Stacy and Candi, and a brother, John. He is nicknamed either "Tommy" or "CT". His father worked as a stunt coordinator and rodeo performer. As a young boy, Howell wanted to be a stuntman and was even a child stunt player. He began acting at the age of four, when cast in The Brian Keith Show in an episode called "The Little People". When Howell was young, his parents divorced, leaving his mother with both of her sons and daughter Stacy, and his father took Candi with him. Howell shared his time with each parent and started his career through his father's job. When he was 12, he became a rodeo champion at the California Junior Rodeo Association and was named "All-Around Cowboy" in August 1979. While growing up, he also spent time golfing with his grandfather (where his nickname "CT" came because that is how he was recorded on screen boards).

Personal life

In his single days, Howell shared a place with his friend, Darren Dalton, with whom he co-starred in The Outsiders, Red Dawn and The Jailhouse . From July 11, 1989, to sometime in 1990, Howell was married to actress Rae Dawn Chong, his Soul Man co-star. He then married Sylvie Anderson in 1992. They have three children, Isabelle (born 1993), Dashiell (born 1997), and Liam (born 2001). Isabelle appeared as Molly in Hope Ranch, credited as "Isabelle Howell", and Dashiell played Howell's son Alex, in H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, as "Dash Howell". The family currently resides in Stevenson Ranch, California.

In 2008, Howell was a contestant in the reality game show, Celebracadabra, on which celebrities performed magic tricks practiced by experienced coaches. The series began on April 27 and ended on June 12; Howell won and was named Greatest Celebrity Magician.


Year Movie Role Other notes
1977 It Happened One Christmas Unknown Made for television movie
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Tyler Credited as Tom Howell
1983 The Outsiders Ponyboy Curtis Young Artist Award; first film with Patrick Swayze
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Tim Pearson Second film with Swayze
Tank William "Billy" Carey
Red Dawn Robert Morris Third film with Swayze
1985 Secret Admirer Michael Ryan
1986 The Hitcher Jim Halsey
Soul Man Mark Watson Met and married co-star Rae Dawn Chong
1987 Into the Homeland Tripp Winston Made for television movie
1988 A Tiger's Tale Bubber Drums
Giovane Toscanini II Arturo Toscanini Also known as "Young Toscanini"
1989 The Return of the Musketeers Raoul
1990 Far Out Man Himself
Side Out Monoroe Clark
Curiosity Kills Cat Thomas
Kid Kid
1992 Tattle Tale Bernard Sprat Made for television movie
Nickel & Dime Jack Stone
To Protect and Serve Egan
Breaking the Rules Gene Michaels
That Night Rick
1993 Gettysburg Thomas Chamberlain
1994 Jailbait Sgt. Lee Teffler
Dangerous Indiscretion Jim Lomax
Treacherous Micky Stewert
Natural Selection Ben Braden/Alex Connelly Made-for-television movie
1995 Payback Oscar Bonsetter
Baby Face Nelson Baby Face Nelson
Teresa's Tattoo Carl
Hourglass Michael Jardine
Mad Dogs and Englishmen Mike
Suspect Device Dan Jerico Made for television movie
1996 The Big Fall Blaise Rybeck
Sealed with a Kiss Detective Mick Cullen Made for television movie
The Sweeper Mark Goddard
Pure Danger Jonnie Dean
1997 Dads Tom Sitcom. The pilot episode is shown at the Television Preview, a marketing research operation.
Matter of Trust Michael D'Angelo
Laws of Deception Evan Marino
Dilemma Detective Thomas Quinlan Directed by Eric Larsen under "Alan Smithee"
Dead Fire Tucker Made for television movie
Last Lives Aaron
1998 Fatal Affair Malcom Maddox
Sleeping Dogs Sanchez Boon
Charades Evan Also known as Felons or First Degree
1999 The Crimson Code J.B. Gaines Also known as Red Team
Hot Boyz Roberts
Enemy Action John Reed
Cybermaster Dakota
Shepherd Boris Dakota
The Glass Jar Lanois
Avalanche Jack
Hitman's Run Tom Holly
The Prince and the Surfer Dean
2000 Lawless: Dead Evidence Dean Riley
The Million Dollar Kid Valentino
2001 Separate Ways Tom Milton
Asylum Days Nathan Devine
Burning Down the House Unknown
Willfull Nat Wolff
XCU: Extreme Close Up Geoffrey Liddy
Askari Joss McKinley
2002 Night of the Wolf Sheriff Wade Messer Made for television movie
Killer Bees! Sheriff Lyndon Harris
2003 Net Games Adam Vance
Gods and Generals Thomas Chamberlain
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Jim Halsey
2004 The Lost Angel Kuratha
Hidalgo Preston Webb
The Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi
A Killer Within Addison Terrill
Zolar Hedion Made for television movie
2005 The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam Coach Fielding
Hoboken Hollow Clayton Connelly
Crimson Force Captain Baskin Made for television movie
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds George Herbert Film adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds
Glass Trap Curtis
Nursie Zack
Ordinary Miracles Jim Powell Made for television movie
The Poseidon Adventure Doctor Ballard
2006 The Da Vinci Treasure Michael Archer
The Far Side of Jericho Little Jimmy Thorton
2007 Dead Letters KC Formerly known as Cold Ones
The Haunting of Marsten Manor Captain Williams
Fighting Words David Settles
The Stolen Moments of September Sisner
2008 Xenophobia Stone Made-for-television movie
Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood! David
House of Fallen Thomas
Big Game Sully
A Gunfighter's Pledge Horn Made-for-television movie
Toxic Joe
The Thirst: Blood War Jed
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave George Herbert Also director
The Day the Earth Stopped Josh Myron
2009 The Land That Time Forgot Frost Michaels
The Grind Luke
Razor Virgil
Fuel Shane
Cupid's Arrow Professor Grimes
Camouflage Stanley
Commander and Chief Shrub
Secret at Arrow Lake Daniel
The Jailhouse Seth Delray
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Alumnus Guy #2
2011 Home Invasion Ray Made-for-television movie
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Reboot of Spider-Man franchise.
Escape Paul Jordan
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Professor Zoom Voice


TV show Role Episode Year
Two Marriages Scott Morgan Unknown 1983
Moonlighting Post Office Guy; waiter "Yours, Very Deadly"; "The Lady in the Iron Mask" 1985, 1986
Nightmare Classics Jenner Brading "The Eyes of the Panther" 1989
The Hitchhiker Unknown "White Slaves" 1990
Kindred: The Embraced Frank Kohanek Eight episodes 1996
The Outer Limits Captain Miles Davidlow "The Joining" 1998
V.I.P Phil Sherman "Val Got Game" 1998
The Love Boat: The Next Wave John "Affairs to Remember" 1998
Dead Man's Gun Henry Hubble "The Phrenologist" 1999
Amazon Dr. Alex Kennedy 23 episodes 1999–2000
Twice in a Lifetime Tony "The Escaped Artist" 2000
Son of the Beach Jason Dudikoff "In the Line of Booty" 2002
The District Chris Gunner "On Guard" 2004
Summerland Kyle Bale Two episodes 2004, 2005
ER Vincent Janeson "The Human Shield" 2005
24 Barry Landes Two episodes 2006
Smith Unknown "Seven" 2007
Celebracadabra Himself Nine Episodes(On show, crowned best celebrity magician) 2008
All Jacked Up Himself / Host Unknown 2009
Criminal Minds George Foyet / The Boston Reaper 4.18 "Omnivore"; 4.26 "...And Back"; 5.1 "Nameless, Faceless"; 5.9 "100" 2009
Southland Officer III, Bill "Dewey" Dudek Entire five seasons, core recurring, regular 2009–2013
Psych Camden Driggs "One, Maybe Two, Ways Out" 2010
The Glades Peyton Robinson "Second Skin" 2011
Torchwood: Miracle Day Assassin "Escape to L.A." 2011
Alphas Eli "The Quick and the Dead" 2012
Revolution Bounty Hunter "Chained Heat" 2012
Castle John Campbell "Swan Song" 2012
Hawaii Five-0 Martin Cordova "Ha'aw make loa" 2013
An Amish Murder - myLifetime Nathan Detrick One episode 2013