Howard’s career spanned four decades in TV, theater and film. In the acclaimed CBS series The White Shadow, which aired from 1978-81, he starred as a white coach to an urban high school basketball team — a part, one of Howard’s best known, that drew on the personal history of the 6-foot-6 actor, who played basketball growing up on Long Island in New York and at Amherst College. He was 71.
Veteran actor Ken Howard has won another term as president of SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s largest entertainment union. Howard easily defeated his challenger, NYPD Blue actor Esai Morales, to determine who will lead the performers union over the next two years.