Trevor Howard

September 29, 1913
Sun Sign
Zodiac Sign
Born Place
Cliftonville, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Birth Name
Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith
Date of Death
January 7, 1988
Place of Death
5 ft 10¼ in or 178.5 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
United Kingdom
Eye Color
Hair Color
Salt and Pepper
Race / Ethnicity
Trevor Howard was of English and Scottish descent.
Sexual Orientation

[Trevor Howard] Biography

Trevor Howard was a celebrated English actor, best known for his roles in films such as Brief Encounter, The Third Man, Golden Salamander, The Clouded Yellow and Mutiny on the Bounty. He was also well-known for his roles in Battle of Britain, Lola, Ryan's Daughter, Superman, Windwalker and Gandhi. His performance in Sons and Lovers earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

[Trevor Howard] Early life

Trevor Howard was born in Cliftonville, Kent, England in 1913 to Mabel Grey (Wallace) and Arthur John Howard-Smith. He spent much of his childhood travelling around the world with his father, who worked as an insurance underwriter for Lloyd's of London. After being educated at Clifton College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he was chosen as best actor in his class for his performance as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing in 1933, Howard made his professional debut at the Gate Theatre in Revolt in a Reformatory and went on to work regularly on stage, including in Sheridan's The Rivals, several performances at Stratford-upon-Avon, and in a two-year run in the original production of French Without Tears.

[Trevor Howard] Career

Trevor Howard began his film career with an uncredited part in The Way Ahead (1944) and went on to star in The Way to the Stars (1945). His performance in The Way Ahead came to the attention of David Lean who recommended him to Noël Coward to star in Brief Encounter (1945) and launch his movie career. He went on to star in successful films such as They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) which earned him recognition as the 10th most popular British star at the box office that year.

Howard's proudest role was playing Alec in The Third Man (1949) alongside Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, which was an international success. He had a contract with Herbert Wilcox and made films such as The Clouded Yellow (1950) and Odette (1950) with Anna Neagle. He received the Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for The Key (1958) and was nominated for an Academy Award for his lead in Sons and Lovers (1960). He had roles in Hollywood films such as Run for the Sun (1956) and Man in the Middle (1964) and in classic films such as Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

He was top-billed in Windwalker (1981) and appeared in many other films such as Interpol (1957), The Lovers of Lisbon (1955), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), 11 Harrowhouse (1974) and Pope Joan (1972). Howard often complained about having to work so hard due to the high rate of tax in Britain. His final film The Missionary (1982) was released after his death.

[Trevor Howard] Achievements

Trevor Howard was an English actor, best known for his roles in British and international cinema. Throughout his career, he earned many accolades and awards, including:

1. Academy Award Nomination - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Ryan's Daughter (1970)

2. BAFTA Award - Best Actor in a Leading Role - Sons and Lovers (1960)

3. Golden Globe Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Doctor Zhivago (1966)

4. Venice Film Festival - Best Actor - Sons and Lovers (1960)

5. Evening Standard British Film Award - Best Actor - Three into Two Won't Go (1970)

6. Berlin International Film Festival - Best Actor - The Third Secret (1964)

7. British Academy Television Award - Best Actor - Screen Two (1985)

8. Variety Club of Great Britain Award - Star of the Year (1980)

9. Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award - Best Supporting Actor - Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

10. French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Award - Best Foreign Actor - Sons and Lovers (1960)

More Details


  • Rich gravelly voice


  • Father – Arthur John Howard-Smith (An insurance underwriter for Lloyd’s of London who served as a representative in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere)
  • Mother – Mabel Grey (Wallace)

 Girlfriend / Spouse

  • Helen Cherry (1944-1988)
  • Anouk Aimée (1950-1951)

 Educated at

  • Clifton College


  • Actor