Arliss Howard
Leslie Richard Howard

(1954-10-18) October 18, 1954 (age 66)
Alma materColumbia College
OccupationActor, writer, film director
Years active1983–present
(m. 1996)

Leslie Richard "Arliss" Howard (born October 18, 1954) is an American actor, writer and film director.

Early life and education

Howard was born in Independence, Missouri and has a sister, Joy Howard, and two younger brothers, Jim Howard (b. 1956) and Kip Howard. He graduated from Truman High School and Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.


Howard established his career with roles in Natural Born Killers, Full Metal Jacket, and Ruby. In Till Death Us Do Part (1992), he portrayed author and attorney Vincent Bugliosi, who led the prosecution in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. In 1997, he co-starred in Jurassic Park's sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as Hammond's conniving nephew Peter Ludlow, a greedy and manipulative businessman.

Howard has had a recurring role in the CBS weekly drama series Medium and has directed several episodes. He also starred in and directed the films Big Bad Love and Dawn Anna, both co-written with James Howard, his brother. His wife, Debra Winger, starred in both films. In 2010 he played Kale Ingram, a benignly duplicitous supervisor at an American intelligence agency, in the TV series Rubicon, which was canceled by AMC after 13 episodes.[1] Howard appeared in the 2011 feature Moneyball.[2]

Howard has extensive stage credits, including a role in the 2009 revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway. He has appeared in several productions at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, including Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, with Winger, and Bertolt Brecht's In the Jungle of the Cities, directed by Robert Woodruff.[3][4] He was also seen as Mikhail Lvovich Astrov in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya,[5] and Nikolai Ivanov in Chekhov's Ivanov, with Winger playing the role of Anna.[6]

Howard joined the cast for a CBS political drama pilot titled Ways & Means with Patrick Dempsey in June 2020 during the extent of paying cast pilots.[7]

Personal life

Howard is married to actress Debra Winger. He has two sons, Sam Howard (born 1987) from his previous marriage to talent agent Karen Sellars, and Gideon "Babe" Howard (born 1997) with Winger.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Lightship Eddie
1987 Full Metal Jacket Sergeant 'Cowboy' Evans
1988 Tequila Sunrise Gregg Lindroff
1988 Plain Clothes Nick Dunbar Lead role
1990 Men Don't Leave Charles Simon
1991 For the Boys Dixie's Husband Sergeant Michael Leonard
1992 CrissCross Joe
1992 Ruby Maxwell
1993 Wilder Napalm Wilder Foudroyant
1993 The Sandlot Older Scotty Smalls Uncredited
1994 Natural Born Killers Owen Traft, Mickey & Mallory's Guardian Angel / The Demon Uncredited
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Virgil
1995 Wet Bruce Lomann Short film
1996 Johns John Cardoza
1996 Tales of Erotica Bruce Lomann Re-release of "Wet" as a segment
1997 Amistad John C. Calhoun
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Peter Ludlow
1998 The Lesser Evil Ivan Williams
1999 A Map of the World Paul Reverdy
2001 Big Bad Love Barlow also director and writer
2004 Dandelion Luke Mullich
2004 Birth Bob
2006 Weapons Mikey's Uncle
2007 Awake Dr. Jonathan Neyer
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Richard DeTamble
2011 Moneyball John Henry
2015 Concussion Dr. Joseph Maroon
2017 The Boy Downstairs Diana's Father
2020 Mank Louis B. Mayer
2021 With/In: Volume 2 Also director and writer


Year Title Role Notes
1983 AfterMASH Danny Madden Pilot episode
1983 The Day After Tom Cooper TV movie
1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven Kenneth Parnell Uncredited
1987 Hands of a Stranger Felix Lyttle TV movie
1990 Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Raymond Eames TV movie
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Vincent Bugliosi TV movie
1992 Those Secrets Simon TV movie
1995 The Infiltrator Eaton TV movie
1996 The Man Who Captured Eichmann Peter Malkin TV movie
1996 Beyond the Call Keith O'Brien TV movie
1997 Old Man J.J. Taylor TV movie
1999 You Know My Name Wiley TV movie
2001 The Song of the Lark Dr. Howard Archie TV movie
2003 Word of Honor J.D. Runnells TV movie
2005 Dawn Anna TV movie; Director
2005–2007 Medium Captain Kenneth Push
2010 Rubicon Kale Ingram
2013 True Blood Truman Burrell Season 6, main cast
2017 When We Rise Theodore Olson Part IV
2020 Manhunt: Deadly Games Earl Embry Main cast
TBD Ways & Means TBA Main cast


  1. ^ "Rubicon Cancelled By AMC". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Arliss Howard at IMDb
  3. ^ Koch, John (August 5, 1998). "Winger, Howard to appear at ART". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012 – via
  4. ^ "Profile". AmRep. July 2002. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  5. ^ "Arliss Howard". American Repertory Theater.
  6. ^ "Ivanov". American Repertory Theater.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 9, 2020). "Pilot Season 2020: CBS TV Studios Is Latest To Pay Casts & Extend Options On Pilots Suspended Due To COVID-19". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.