C. Thomas Howell is the son of a professional bull-rider turned stuntman. He started working in the film industry at the age of seven. 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 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, C. Thomas 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, he has been in consistent demand with filmmakers for the last twenty-five years appearing in favorites such as “That Night”, “Gettysburg” and “Hidalgo”.
Tommy, as he is known to his friends, 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. His recent television appearances include “The Glades” on A&E as well as “Torchwood” on the Starz Channel. He also just filmed a key role in Sony’s upcoming “Spider Man” reboot.
A budding film director as well, he has directed a number of films including “The Big Fall”, “Pure Danger” and Edgar Rice Burroughs “The Land That Time Forgot”.
Outside of his acting career, Howell is an accomplished team roper and spends as much time as possible with his wife Sylvie and their three children, Isabelle, Dashielle and Liam.
C. Thomas Howell as Silent Cal:
Silent Cal is a hit man who predicts the future.
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