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Trevor Howard

Howard was born in Cliftonville, Kent, England, the son of Mabel Grey (Wallace) and Arthur John Howard. He was educated at Clifton College (to which he left in his will a substantial legacy for a drama scholarship) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), acting on the London stage for several years before World War II. His first paid work was in the play Revolt in a Reformatory (1934), before he left RADA in 1935 to take small roles. Although stories of his courageous wartime service in the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals earned him much respect among fellow actors and fans alike, files held in the Public Record Office reveal that he had actually been discharged from the British Army in 1943 for mental instability and having a "psychopathic personality". The story, which surfaced in Terence Pettigrew's biography of the actor, published by Peter Owen in 2001, was initially denied by Howard's widow, actress Helen Cherry. Later, confronted with official records, she told the Daily Telegraph (24 June 2001) that his mother had claimed he was a holder of the Military Cross. She added that Howard had an honourable military record and "had nothing to be ashamed of".

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Sep 29, 1913 In Cliftonville, Kent, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Way Ahead 1944-06-09
Latest Project:
Movie Memory of the Camps 2014-02-09
Known For
Movie Memory of the Camps Narrator (fragment version) 2014-02-09
Movie The Dawning 1988-06-08
Movie The Unholy Father Silva 1988-04-22
Movie White Mischief Jack Soames 1988-04-22
Movie Christmas Eve Maitland 1986-12-24
Series Shaka Zulu Lord Charles Somerset 1986-10-24
Series Peter the Great Sir Isaac Newton 1986-02-02
Movie Dust Le père 1985-09-11
Movie Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The King 1984-08-17
Series George Washington Lord Fairfax 1984-04-08
Movie Inside the Third Reich Prof. Heinrich Tessenow 1982-05-09
Movie The Missionary Lord Henry Ames 1982-11-02
Movie The Deadly Game Gustave Kummer 1982-07-22
Movie Gandhi Judge Broomfield 1982-11-30
Movie Light Years Away Yoshka Poliakeff 1981-05-20
Series Ludwig Richard Wagner 1981-01-01
Movie Windwalker Windwalker 1980-12-12
Movie Sir Henry at Rawlinson End Sir Henry Rawlinson 1980-11-07
Movie The Sea Wolves Jack Cartwright 1980-07-03
Movie The Shillingbury Blowers 1980-01-06
Series Shillingbury Tales Dan 'Saltie' Wicklow 1980-01-06
Movie The Making of 'Superman: The Movie' Himself 1980-01-01
Movie Flashpoint Africa Program Controller 1980-01-01
Movie Meteor Sir Michael Hughes 1979-10-19
Movie Hurricane Father Malone 1979-04-12
Movie Superman 1st Elder 1978-12-13
Movie Slavers Alec Mackenzie 1978-02-24
Movie Stevie The man 1978-01-01
Movie Aces High Lieutenant Colonel Silkin 1977-12-10
Movie The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sir Hector 1977-06-15
Movie The Adventures of Eliza Fraser Capt. Foster Fyans 1976-12-16
Series Origins of the Mafia Don Consalvo Saccone 1976-11-19
Movie The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones 1976-08-01
Movie Albino Johannes 1976-03-15
Movie Conduct Unbecoming Colonnello Benjamin Strang 1975-01-01
Movie The Count of Monte-Cristo Abbé Faria 1975-01-10
Movie Hennessy Comdr. Rice 1975-12-31
Movie Persecution Paul Bellamy 1974-11-07
Movie 11 Harrowhouse Clyde Massey 1974-09-26
Movie Craze Supt. Bellamy 1974-05-15
Movie Who? Lucas Martino 1974-04-18
Movie The Catholics The Abbot 1973-11-29
Movie A Doll's House Dr. Rank 1973-08-16
Movie Ludwig Richard Wagner 1973-01-18
Movie The Offence Lieutenant Cartwright, Detective Superintendant 1973-01-11
Movie Pope Joan Pope Leo 1972-08-16
Movie The Night Visitor The Inspector 1971-02-10
Movie Kidnapped Lord Advocate 1971-12-22
Movie Catch Me a Spy Trevor Dawson 1971-09-06
Movie Mary, Queen of Scots William Cecil 1971-12-22
Movie Ryan's Daughter Father Hugh Collins 1970-12-09
Movie Lola Twinky's Grandfather 1970-01-06
Movie Battle of Britain Air Vice Marshal Keith Park 1969-09-15
Movie The Charge of the Light Brigade Lord Cardigan 1968-04-10
Movie Pretty Polly Robert Hook 1967-10-19
Movie The Long Duel Freddie Young 1967-07-27
Movie Triple Cross Freddie Young 1966-12-09
Movie Poppies Are Also Flowers Sam Lincoln 1966-10-16
Movie The Liquidator Mostyn 1965-01-01
Movie Von Ryan's Express Major Eric Fincham 1965-06-23
Movie Operation Crossbow Professor Lindemann 1965-04-01
Movie Morituri Colonel Statter 1965-08-24
Movie Father Goose Commander Frank Houghton 1964-10-12
Movie Man in the Middle Major Kensington 1963-10-01
Movie Hedda Gabler Ejlert Lövborg 1962-12-28
Movie The Lion John Bullit 1962-12-21
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Capt. William Bligh 1962-11-08
Movie Sons and Lovers Walter Morel 1960-08-29
Movie Moment of Danger John Bain 1960-01-26
Movie The Roots of Heaven Morel 1958-10-15
Movie The Key Capt. Chris Ford 1958-05-28
Movie Pickup Alley Frank McNally 1957-08-13
Movie Manuela James Prothero 1957-07-18
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Denis Fallentin 1956-10-17
Movie Run for the Sun Browne 1956-07-30
Movie The Cockleshell Heroes Captain Thompson 1955-11-16
Movie Lovers' Net Inspector Lewis 1955-03-16
Movie The Stranger's Hand Major Roger Court 1954-01-20
Movie The Heart of the Matter Harry Scobie 1953-11-03
Movie Gift Horse Lt. Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser 1952-06-01
Movie Outcast of the Islands Peter Willems 1951-11-15
Movie Lady Godiva Rides Again Guest at Theater Accepting Program (uncredited) 1951-10-25
Movie Golden Salamander David Redfern 1950-02-01
Movie Odette Captain Peter Churchill 1950-10-02
Movie The Clouded Yellow Maj. David Somers 1950-11-21
Movie The Third Man Major Calloway 1949-08-31
Movie The Passionate Friends Prof. Steven Stratton 1949-05-17
Movie So Well Remembered Dr. Richard Whiteside 1947-07-09
Movie They Made Me a Fugitive George Clement 'Clem' Morgan 1947-06-24
Movie I See a Dark Stranger Lt. David Bayne 1947-04-03
Movie Green for Danger Dr. Barnes 1946-12-07
Movie Brief Encounter Dr. Alec Harvey 1945-11-24
Movie The Way to the Stars Squadron Leader Carter 1945-06-16
Movie The Way Ahead Officer on Ship (uncredited) 1944-06-09