Kyle Howard

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Appealing, wide-eyed, sandy-haired actor Kyle Howard got his start as a teen performer, working in hometown stage productions and eventually landing a starring role in the children's comedy feature "House Arrest" (1996). Though he decided at age six that acting was his calling, Howard didn't actively pursue a career until several years later, making his debut in his early teens. After graduating from high school, Howard was able to devote more …
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Actor

Born

April 13, 1978

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Appealing, wide-eyed, sandy-haired actor Kyle Howard got his start as a teen performer, working in hometown stage productions and eventually landing a starring role in the children's comedy feature "House Arrest" (1996). Though he decided at age six that acting was his calling, Howard didn't actively pursue a career until several years later, making his debut in his early teens. After graduating from high school, Howard was able to devote more time to his craft, and relocated from his Loveland, Colorado home to Los Angeles. "House Arrest", his first big break, showcased the actor's charming mischievous spirit and his onscreen charisma. He played Grover, a young teen who is determined to reconcile his bickering parents (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak), aiming to do so by imprisoning them together in the basement. Starring in "House Arrest" proved a good start for the young actor, who went on to amass many credits both in film and televsion.

Forgettable video store fare like "Address Unknown", "The Paper Brigade" and "Robo Warriors" (all 1996) were among Howard's early credits, but guest roles on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1996) and "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1997) proved more substantial. In 1998, after playing Ron Silver's son in the HBO-aired thriller "Skeletons" (1997), Howard took a role where he would call Robert Urich dad, playing the son of the ship's captain on the UPN remake series "Love Boat: The Next Wave". While a largely unimpressive series, "Love Boat: The Next Wave" offered Howard weekly exposure, and helped him to win many new fans. When the ship docked permanently in 1999, the young actor hit the big screen in the talking tot misfire "Baby Geniuses", but recovered the following year as one of three boys enrolled in an otherwise all-girls high school in the Fox summer sitcom "The Opposite Sex". While the series was certainly more engaging than much of its competition, it quickly left the airwaves.

That fall, Howard recovered with a regular role on "Grosse Point", a series spoofing the behind-the-scenes and on screen antics of a teen soap opera reminiscent of creator Darren Star's former baby, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox). Here he played Dave May, the stand-in and partner in crime of doltish teen heartthrob Johnny Bishop (Al Santos). A bit racier than his previous offerings, "Grosse Pointe" would introduce Howard to an older, edgier audience. Also in 2000, the actor was featured in the CBS TV-movie "Yesterday's Children", playing a contemporary young man whose mother (Jane Seymour) becomes obsessed by lifelike dreams of a struggling woman in 1930s Ireland.