I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Kenneth Joseph "Ken" Howard, Jr.
March 28, 1944 – March 23, 2016
Ken Howard was born in El Centro, California, the son of Martha Carey (née McDonald) and Kenneth Joseph Howard, Sr., the older of their two sons. His younger brother, the late Don Howard, was also an actor. His approximately 6-foot 6-inch (1.98 m) stature earned him the nickname "Stork" as a high school student.
He grew up in Manhasset, New York. Howard had basketball in his blood well before The White Shadowdebuted. The nickname "The White Shadow" was given to him by the Long Island press in 1961, as Howard was the only Caucasian starter on the Manhasset High School varsity basketball team.
A member of the National Honor Society in high school, Howard turned down several offers of basketball scholarships in favor of a more focused academic education. He was a graduate of Amherst College, where he served as captain of the basketball team. He was also a member of the a cappella singing group, "The Zumbyes." He attended Yale School of Drama but left to make his Broadway debut before completing his master's degree.
Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in September 2009 and elected to a second term in September 2011. Howard was the president of SAG-AFTRA (after Screen Actors Guild merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).
Howard is the author of the 2003 book Act Natural: How to Speak to Any Audience,based on the drama courses he has taught at Harvard University. He is was a popular reader for audiobooks.