Shawn Michael Howard

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Shawn Michael Howard
Born (1969-07-31) July 31, 1969 (age 52)

Shawn Michael Howard (born July 31, 1969) is an American film, television and theater actor.


Howard was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Olivia C. and Frank Howard, Jr., brother of Brad Howard and Tyrone Scott Howard. Father of Elijah Howard [1] Shawn moved to Manhattan at age 19 to study acting at New York University. He began working off-Broadway while still in school, in Mac Wellman's Crowbar, which won the obie for Best Play. He worked in character roles on episodic television in New York City, and his first film role came opposite Tupac Shakur in Above the Rim . In 1994 he moved to Hollywood and starred in Sunset Park with Terrence Howard. A succession of recurring television roles led to his breakthrough role as Russell on the NBC sitcom The Single Guy in 1995. He has been a featured guest voice on many animated shows, including American Dad! , Family Guy , and Robot Chicken . He voiced the character "Smokey" on the animated series The PJs with Eddie Murphy.



1994 Above The Rim Bobby
1996 Flirting with Disaster Roger
1996 The Cable Guy Basketball Player
1996 Sunset Park Kurt
1997 Plump Fiction Lee
1998 Thursday Jimmy
1998 The Velocity of Gary Coco
2000RitualMason Becker
2000 Men of Honor Junie
2001Note come dueRJShort
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Roller Elvis
2003 Masked and Anonymous Nestor
2003Victor and EddieVictorShort
2005Extreme DatingDetective Rawlings
2009 Next Day Air Derrick
2011 The Inheritance Simpson


1993 Law & Order FrancoEpisode: "Profile"
1996 Married... with Children Barney2 episodes
1996 Nash Bridges Antoine2 episodes
1996-97 The Single Guy Russell21 episodes
1997 Soul Train Guest HostEpisode: "Deborah Cox/Westside Connection/Day Ta Day"
1997 413 Hope St. Episode: "A Better Place"
1997 Mr. Show with Bob and David ToddEpisode: "Oh, You Men"
1997-98 The Practice Warren Cruickshank3 episodes
1998 Smart Guy Mitchell HarrisonEpisode: "My Two Dads"
1998 Martial Law Rickey DukesEpisode: "Shanghai Express"
1998-2003 NYPD Blue "Flossy" Carver / Dino2 episodes
1998 Ally McBeal Ben2 episodes
1998 Cupid ShawnEpisode: "Hung Jury"
1999-2001 The PJ's Smokey (voice)41 episodes
1999 Jack & Jill Theodore KincaidEpisode: "Welcome to the Working Week"
2001BoycottFred GrayTV movie
2001 Becker ClayEpisode: "Nocturnal Omissions"
2001 It's Like, You Know... PatrickEpisode: "Hoop Dreams"
2002The RatsTyTV movie
2003 The Pitts VW BugEpisode: "A Bug's Wife"
2006-08 American Dad! Man (voice) / Chris The Homeless Guy (voice) / Belmonpan (voice)4 episodes
2012Cops UncuffedOfficer Todd DawsonTV movie
2017 Family Guy New Orleans Band (voice)Episode: "The Peter Principal"
2018 Motown Magic Clarence (voice)3 episodes
2019 The Rookie Peter LangstonEpisode: "Free Fall"


2008 Lost: Via Domus Michael Dawson
2012 Prototype 2 Additional Voices
2012 Syndicate Kris
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2013 Dead Rising 3 Additional Voices

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