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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 as possible with his children.


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