Trustin Howard

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Trustin Howard (December 18, 1923 April 20, 2017) was an American vocalist, songwriter, actor, nightclub comic, television writer and author.


Early life

Howard was born Howard Trustin Slavin in Chicago, Illinois, United States, and began his acting career as a pre-teen. [1] By the age of 15 he’d introduced his persona Slick Slavin at the Chicago Theater. [2]

Media career

His nightclub act led to film roles in Philbert [3] (for which he provided the voice of the animated title character), Speed Crazy [4] and a small part in King Creole . [5]

Howard branched into writing, eventually becoming the head writer of the Joey Bishop Show , writing episodes of This is Your Life , and numerous, including The Night of Stars.

He recorded singles for the Acclaim [6] and Imperial [7] labels and the comedy album The “Groove” World of Trustin Howard [8]

Howard authored fiction (The Channeler), non-fiction (Winchell and Runyon [9] ) and the autobiography My Life With Regis and Joey and Practically Everyone Else. [10]


Howard was honored with a lifetime membership in the Writers Guild of America. [11]

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  1. "Trustin Howard, Singer, Actor and 'Joey Bishop Show' Writer, Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  2. Ahern, Sarah (2017-04-27). "Writer and 'Philbert' Actor Trustin Howard Dies at 93". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  3. "Philbert (Three's a Crowd)". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  4. "Speed Crazy". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  5. "King Creole (Full Cast & Crew)". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  6. "Trustin Howard - The Damage Is Done". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  7. "Slick Slavin - Speed Crazy / She Said She's Mine". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  8. "Trustin Howard - The "Groove" World Of Trustin Howard". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  9. Howard, Trustin (2010-07-06). Winchell and Runyon: The True Untold Story. Hamilton Books.
  10. Howard, Trustin (2003-06-01). My Life with Regis and Joey and Practically Everyone Else. West Hills, Calif.: Pranapublishing. ISBN   9780974076003.
  11. Ahern, Sarah (27 April 2017). "Writer and 'Philbert' Actor Trustin Howard Dies at 93". Retrieved 16 January 2021.