Classic Film Club




Trevor Howard

Trevor Howard (1945)



Trevor Howard was born Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith in Cliftonville, Kent, England, in 1913.   His father was an insurance underwriter based in India.

Howard attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his Shakespeare Memorial Theatre stage debut in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1935 at the age of 22.

He volunteered for the Royal Air Force but served in the British Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War II and was disabled for service due to mental incapacitation in 1943.

That same year, he turned to film acting.   His British film debut, at the age of 31, was for Two Cities Films in 1944.

He was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in Sons And Lovers (1961).

He also received 3 Primetime Emmy nominations and was awarded the Emmy for his leading role in Invincible Mr. Disraeli (1963).

In 1982, he was offered a knighthood by the Queen of England, but declined.

Throughout his film career Howard insisted that all of his contracts held a clause excusing him from work whenever a cricket Test Match was being played.

Alcoholism affected his ability to work toward the end of his career.   After more than 85 feature films, his last movie role was in 1988.

Howard married the actress Helen Cherry (1915-2001) in 1944.

Howard died from a combination of bronchitis, influenza and jaundice, in Arkley, Hertfordshire, England, in 1988.   He was 74 years old.

Other Pictures

Trevor Howard (1982)
  • © Carolina Bank and National Film Development
  • (Trevor Howard in Gandhi, 1982)



Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter
  • Brief Encounter
  • 1945
  • Written and produced by Noel Coward, the story focuses on a short romantic affair perpetrated on Thursdays.   David Lean directs Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.

The Third Man

The Third Man
  • The Third Man
  • 1949
  • This adaptation of the Graham Greene novella takes place in post-World War II Vienna and focuses on a novelist trying to solve the murder of his friend.   Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard star.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1971
  • In late 16th century England, Mary, widow of the King of France, returns home to claim the title of Queen of Scotland.   But both her brother and the Queen of England view her and her Catholic religion as a threat and collude to plot against her.

    Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton and Nigel Davenport star.


  • Gandhi
  • 1982
  • Ben Kingsley stars in Attleborough's epic biography of the great little man.
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TV Series


Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu
  • Shaka Zulu
  • 1986
  • as Lord Charles Somerset