The son of a professional bull-rider turned stuntman; C. THOMAS HOWELL
started working in the film industry at the age of 7. In 1981, he was cast as
'Tyler' in Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Shortly thereafter, he
nabbed the lead in Francis Ford Coppola's classic The Outsiders, starring
opposite the likes of Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise.
It was Howell's gripping performance as the tough, yet vulnerable, 'Ponyboy
Curtis' in The Outsiders that made him a household name virtually overnight.
Earmarked as one of the most promising young actors of the 1980s, Howell's
career soon skyrocketed with roles in films such as the cold war invasion drama
Red Dawn, the classic psychological thriller The Hitcher, and the hilarious but
controversial college farce Soul Man.
Since then, Howell has been inconsistent demand with filmmakers for the last
twenty-five years, appearing in favorites such as That Night, Gettysburg, The
Amazing Spiderman and Hidalgo.
Tommy can be seen as the unpredictable Officer Bill "Dewey" Dudek in the TNT
smash drama Series Southland and as the serial killer "The Reaper", on CBS'
Criminal Minds. Recent television arcs include TNT's Animal Kingdom. Upcoming
arcs include Marvel's The Punisher and Cinemax's OUTCAST. He also recently
filmed a key role in Rob Reiner's LBJ starring opposite Woody Harrelson. Outside
of his acting career, Howell is an accomplished golfer and spends as much time
possible with his children.