Quick facts
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  • Also Known As: Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith
  • Famous as: Actor
  • Born on: 29 September 1913 AD
  • Birthday: 29th September    Famous 29th September Birthdays
  • Died At Age: 74
  • Sun Sign: Libra    Libra Men
  • Born in: Cliftonville, Kent, England, UK
  • Died on: 07 January 1988 AD
  • place of death: Arkley, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • father: Arthur John Howard-Smith
  • mother: Mabel Grey Wallace
  • Spouse:: Helen Cherry
  • education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Clifton College
Long facts
  • Childhood Early Life: He was born on September 29, 1913, in Cliftonville, England to Arthur John Howard, an insurance writer for Lyods of London and Mabel Grey, a nurse.
  • Childhood Early Life: His father relocated with the family to Ceylon when he was a child. After staying in Ceylon for a few years, he traveled with his mother and younger sister Merla on an extensive trip around the world to England.
  • Childhood Early Life: Reaching England Howard, who was around eight years old at that time, got enrolled in the ‘Clifton College’ while his mother and Merla went back to join his father in Ceylon.
  • Childhood Early Life: Howard was not much interested in academics. He was rather more inclined towards sports, especially cricket and even contemplated of pursuing it.
  • Childhood Early Life: However upon insistence of one of his school teachers and consent of his mother, Howard enrolled at the ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts’ (‘RADA’), a drama school in London.
  • Childhood Early Life: He was selected as the best actor in his class at the end of his first year of studies in ‘RADA’ in 1933 for portraying the character of Benedict in the school production of Shakespeare’s comedy play, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1934, while studying at ‘RADA’, he made his professional debut as a stage artist with the play ‘Revolt in a Reformatory’, staged at the ‘Gate Theater’.
  • Childhood Early Life: He left the drama school in 1935 and the same year performed as ‘Absolute’ in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play, ‘The Rivals’. For the next decade he honed his acting skills by performing small roles in several plays including Shakespearean plays in theate
  • Childhood Early Life: He served the British Army for three years during the ‘Second world War’. During this tenure he made 22 parachute jumps, participating in airborne landings in Sicily and Norway. He received the ‘Military Cross. However, in 1943 he was discharged from the
  • Childhood Early Life: He soon returned to acting and in 1943 performed in the stage play, ‘The Recruiting Officer’ followed by other successful onstage performances in plays like ‘A Soldier for Christmas’ and ‘Anna Christie’.
  • Childhood Early Life: He made his film debut quietly in 1944 portraying the role of a naval officer with the Carol Reed directed film, ‘The Way Ahead’.
  • Childhood Early Life: His breakthrough came with his third film, ‘Brief Encounter’, a romantic drama by David Lean that was released on November 26, 1945. Lean was in search of an actor who could fit into one of the characters of his film, Alec, and spotted Howard in the film,
  • Childhood Early Life: His next prominent film ‘The Third Man’ was again with director Carol Reed. He played the character of Major Calloway, a British military officer. This film furthered his reputation as a skilled actor. One of the incidents during shooting of the film in V
  • Childhood Early Life: His excellent performance as Captain Chris Ford in the British war film ‘The Key’ directed by Carol Reed and released on July 1, 1958, won him the Best Actor award from the ‘British Academy of Film and Television Arts’.
  • Childhood Early Life: The 1960 film ‘Sons and Lovers’ earned him a nomination for an ‘Academy Award for Best Actor’. He also earned nominations from various other prestigious awards including the ‘BAFTA’ the ‘Golden Globe Award’ and ‘Emmy Award’.
  • Childhood Early Life: Some of his notable films are ‘The Heart of the Matter’ (1953), ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ (1956), ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (1962), ‘Battle of Britain’ (1969), ‘The Offence’ (1972), ‘A Doll's House’ (1973), ‘Superman’ (1978), ‘Hurricane’ (1979), ‘Gandhi’
  • Childhood Early Life: He also made his presence felt in television with some remarkable performances. In 1963 he played title role in the TV play, ‘The Invincible Mr Disraeli’ which earned him an Emmy award. He worked in television films like ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ (1975)
  • Childhood Early Life: He married Helen Cherry on September 8, 1944. The couple acted together in the 1974 film ’11 Harrowhouse’.
  • Childhood Early Life: Howard became an alcoholic and suffered from serious health issues. On January 7, 1988, he succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver and hepatic failure in Barnet.
  • Childhood Early Life: He was quite passionate about cricket and held membership at the renowned ‘Marylebone Cricket Club’. All through his career he insisted inclusion of a clause in all his contracts that would excuse him from filming during any cricket test match.
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1982 he declined a ‘CBE’.
  • Career: In 1934, while studying at ‘RADA’, he made his professional debut as a stage artist with the play ‘Revolt in a Reformatory’, staged at the ‘Gate Theater’.
  • Career: He left the drama school in 1935 and the same year performed as ‘Absolute’ in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play, ‘The Rivals’. For the next decade he honed his acting skills by performing small roles in several plays including Shakespearean plays in theate
  • Career: He served the British Army for three years during the ‘Second world War’. During this tenure he made 22 parachute jumps, participating in airborne landings in Sicily and Norway. He received the ‘Military Cross. However, in 1943 he was discharged from the
  • Career: He soon returned to acting and in 1943 performed in the stage play, ‘The Recruiting Officer’ followed by other successful onstage performances in plays like ‘A Soldier for Christmas’ and ‘Anna Christie’.
  • Career: He made his film debut quietly in 1944 portraying the role of a naval officer with the Carol Reed directed film, ‘The Way Ahead’.
  • Career: His breakthrough came with his third film, ‘Brief Encounter’, a romantic drama by David Lean that was released on November 26, 1945. Lean was in search of an actor who could fit into one of the characters of his film, Alec, and spotted Howard in the film,
  • Career: His next prominent film ‘The Third Man’ was again with director Carol Reed. He played the character of Major Calloway, a British military officer. This film furthered his reputation as a skilled actor. One of the incidents during shooting of the film in V
  • Career: His excellent performance as Captain Chris Ford in the British war film ‘The Key’ directed by Carol Reed and released on July 1, 1958, won him the Best Actor award from the ‘British Academy of Film and Television Arts’.
  • Career: The 1960 film ‘Sons and Lovers’ earned him a nomination for an ‘Academy Award for Best Actor’. He also earned nominations from various other prestigious awards including the ‘BAFTA’ the ‘Golden Globe Award’ and ‘Emmy Award’.
  • Career: Some of his notable films are ‘The Heart of the Matter’ (1953), ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ (1956), ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (1962), ‘Battle of Britain’ (1969), ‘The Offence’ (1972), ‘A Doll's House’ (1973), ‘Superman’ (1978), ‘Hurricane’ (1979), ‘Gandhi’
  • Career: He also made his presence felt in television with some remarkable performances. In 1963 he played title role in the TV play, ‘The Invincible Mr Disraeli’ which earned him an Emmy award. He worked in television films like ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ (1975)
  • Career: He married Helen Cherry on September 8, 1944. The couple acted together in the 1974 film ’11 Harrowhouse’.
  • Career: Howard became an alcoholic and suffered from serious health issues. On January 7, 1988, he succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver and hepatic failure in Barnet.
  • Career: He was quite passionate about cricket and held membership at the renowned ‘Marylebone Cricket Club’. All through his career he insisted inclusion of a clause in all his contracts that would excuse him from filming during any cricket test match.
  • Career: In 1982 he declined a ‘CBE’.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He married Helen Cherry on September 8, 1944. The couple acted together in the 1974 film ’11 Harrowhouse’.
  • Personal Life Legacy: Howard became an alcoholic and suffered from serious health issues. On January 7, 1988, he succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver and hepatic failure in Barnet.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He was quite passionate about cricket and held membership at the renowned ‘Marylebone Cricket Club’. All through his career he insisted inclusion of a clause in all his contracts that would excuse him from filming during any cricket test match.
  • Personal Life Legacy: In 1982 he declined a ‘CBE’.
  • Trivia: He was quite passionate about cricket and held membership at the renowned ‘Marylebone Cricket Club’. All through his career he insisted inclusion of a clause in all his contracts that would excuse him from filming during any cricket test match.
  • Trivia: In 1982 he declined a ‘CBE’.