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Trevor Howard (1916 - 1988)

Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Kent and spent much of his childhood in Ceylon. When the time came for him to be educated he was sent back to England to board at Clifton College. After school he attended RADA and got a walk-on part in the play Revolt in a Reformatory starring Alastair Sim before leaving RADA.

His big theatre break was in the original production of French Without Tears with which he stayed for two years. He was drafted into the army in 1940. He was invalided out in 1943 having seen no action, despite later publicity which implied distinguished service and a Military Cross. Howard always refuted that publicity.

There was no shortage of roles for a young, fit, straight man so Howard was in demand. His theatre work lead to small parts in The Way Ahead and The Way to the Stars. The latter lead to his breakthrough role in Brief Encounter.

The next few years were very productive ones. His screen persona of an ex-public schoolboy roughed up by the reality of war struck a chord with audiences. As the fifties wore on, this persona matured as Howard's portrayals deepened. Stand-out performances in this period include Scobie in The Heart of the Matter and a rare working-class portrayal as Morel in Sons and Lovers.

Inevitably he slid into character roles and cameos as he aged. Though there are a few turkeys in this batch of films, he had a better batting average than most of his contemporaries and it's hard to think of when he gave a bad performance even in the worst film.

He married Helen Cherry in 1944 and remained married to her up to his death.  

Photo of Trevor Howard from The Third ManTrevor Howard in Cockleshell HeroesTrevor Howard in Cockleshell Heroes


1944 The Way Ahead
1944 The Way to the Stars
1946 Brief Encounter
1946 I See a Dark Stranger
1946 Green for Danger
1946 So Well Remembered
1947 They Made Me a Fugitive
1948 Passionate Friends
1949 The Third Man
1949 Golden Salamander
1950 Odette
1951 The Clouded Yellow
1952 An Outcast of the Island
1952 The Gift Horse
1953 The Heart of the Matter
1954 The Lovers of Lisbon
1954 The Stranger's Hand
1955 Cockleshell Heroes
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days (U.S.)
1956 Run for the Sun
1957 Interpol
1957 Manuela
1957 The Key
1959 Roots of Heaven
1960 Moment of Danger
1960 Sons and Lovers
1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
1962 The Lion
1946 The Man in the Middle
1964 Father Goose
1965 Von Ryan's Express
1965 Operation Crossbow
1965 Morituri
1965 The Liquidator
1966 The Poppy is Also a Flower
1966 Triple Cross
1967 The Long Duel
1968 Pretty Polly
1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade
1968 The Battle of Britain
1969 Twinky
1970 Ryan's Daughter
1971 The Night Visitor
1971 Catch me a Spy
1972 Mary Queen of Scots
1972 Kidnapped
1972 Pope Joan
1972 Ludwig
1972 The Offence
1973 Craze
1973 A Doll's House
1974 Persecution
1974 Harrowhouse 11
1974 Who?
1975 Death in the Sun
1975 Conduct Unbecoming
1975 Hennessy
1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones
1976 Eliza Fraser
1976 Aces High
1977 Slaves
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste
1977 Stevie
1978 Superman
1979 Hurricane
1979 Meteor
1980 The Sea Wolves
1980 Windwalker
1981 Light Years Away
1982 Ghandi
1982 The Missionary
1982 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
1984 Sword of the Valiant
1985 Foreign Body
1987 White Mischief
1987 The Unholy
1988 The Dawning

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