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William K. Howard

William K. Howard

American film director
William K. Howard
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Intro American film director
Was Film director Writer Screenwriter Film producer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 16 June 1899, St. Marys, USA
Death 21 February 1954, Los Angeles, USA (aged 54 years)
Star sign Gemini
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William K. Howard (June 16, 1899 – February 21, 1954) was an American film director, writer, and producer. Considered one of Hollywood's leading directors, he directed over 50 films from 1921 to 1946, including The Thundering Herd (1925), The Power and the Glory (1933), Fire Over England (1937), and Johnny Come Lately (1943).


William K. Howard was born on June 16, 1899 in St. Marys, Ohio. After serving in Europe during World War I, he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in engineering law.

In 1920, Howard began working in Hollywood as an assistant director on The Adorable Savage. The following year, at the age of twenty-two, he directed his first film, Get Your Man. That same year he directed two additional films—Play Square and What Love Will Do—and write The One-Man Trail. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Howard completing two or three films each year. In the 1920s his directorial work included The Border Legion (1924), The Thundering Herd (1925), White Gold (1927), The Valiant (1929), and Christina (1929). In the 1930s he directed such films as Sherlock Holmes (1932), Rendezvous (1935), Fire Over England (1937), and Back Door to Heaven (1939).

Howard's 1933 film The Power and the Glory with Spencer Tracy was overlooked for decades, but in recent years it has received significant reappraisal due to recognition that the film was a major influence on the structure of Citizen Kane.

Howard began directing 1940's Knute Rockne, All American, but after a disagreement with the studio was replaced by Lloyd Bacon. The film includes the scene in which future President of the United States Ronald Reagan, portraying terminally ill football player George Gipp, asks Rockne to have the team "win just one for the Gipper".

Howard married his wife, Margaret Howard, in Las Vegas in 1949. After suffering from a throat malignancy, which started in 1953, he died in Los Angeles on February 21, 1954 at the age of 54.

On February 8, 1960, he was awarded the posthumous honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1500 Vine Street.

Selected filmography

  • Deserted at the Altar (1922)
  • Captain Fly-by-Night (1922)
  • Extra! Extra! (1922)
  • Trooper O'Neill (1922)
  • Let's Go (1923)
  • East of Broadway (1924)
  • The Border Legion (1924)
  • The Thundering Herd (1925)
  • Red Dice (1926)
  • Volcano! (1926)
  • Gigolo (1926)
  • Bachelor Brides (1926)
  • White Gold (1927)
  • A Ship Comes In (1928)
  • Sin Town (1929)
  • The Valiant (1929)
  • Christina (1929)
  • Transatlantic (1931)
  • Surrender (1931)
  • Don't Bet on Women (1931)
  • The First Year (1932)
  • Sherlock Holmes (1932)
  • The Power and the Glory (1933)
  • The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
  • Evelyn Prentice (1934)
  • Rendezvous (1935)
  • Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
  • The Princess Comes Across (1936)
  • Fire Over England (1937)
  • The Squeaker (1937)
  • Over the Moon (1939)
  • Back Door to Heaven (1939)
  • Money and the Woman (1940)
  • Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
  • 'Til We Meet Again (1940)
  • Johnny Come Lately (1943)
  • A Guy Could Change (1946)
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