Howard at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr.
March 28, 1944
El Centro, California, U.S.
|Died||March 23, 2016 (aged 71)|
Valencia, California, U.S.
|Education||Amherst College (BA) (1966)|
Kent State University (MFA) (1999)
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, politician|
|Awards||Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play|
1970: Child's Play
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming
1981: The Body Human
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2009: Grey Gardens
|1st National President of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)|
2012 – March 23, 2016 (died in the office)
|Succeeded by||Gabrielle Carteris|
|28th President of the Screen Actors Guild|
|Preceded by||Alan Rosenberg|
|Succeeded by||Merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists|
Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr. (March 28, 1944 – March 23, 2016) was an American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow (1978–1981). Howard won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1970 for his performance in Child's Play, and later won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in Grey Gardens (2009).
Howard was elected president of the actors' union, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), in September 2009 and reelected to a second term, in September 2011. He was the last president of the Screen Actors Guild and the first president of the newly formed union, SAG-AFTRA, after the Screen Actors Guild and another union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), voted to merge in 2012. He was reelected in 2015.