John Howard was a hero of low-budget action films of the 1930s and 1940s who segued in later years into character roles for television.
Born John R. Cox Jr. on April 14, 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio, Howard was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio's Western Reserve University. He became a real-life hero during World War II, earning the Navy Cross and the Croix de Guerre for valor.
He began his acting career on stage in Cleveland and made his film debut in 1935 with "Annapolis Farewell" and "Four Hours to Kill." But he is probably best remembered for his film, rather than stage, roles as Ronald Colman's brother in "Lost Horizon" in 1937 and as Katharine Hepburn's wealthy fiance in "The Philadelphia Story" in 1940.
He was also well known for his series of half a dozen Bulldog Drummond episodes in the late 1930s, including "Bulldog Drummond Comes Back," "Bulldog Drummond's Peril" and "Arrest Bulldog Drummond."
Howard's early television roles included the character Cliff Patterson in NBC's soap opera "Days of Our Lives." He also appeared in the television series "Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal" and "Adventures of Seahawk" in the mid-1950s.
He was married to Eva Ralf, a former soloist with the Berlin State Opera Ballet, and the couple had two sons and two daughters.