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Arliss Howard

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8 episodes (see below)
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Date of birth
October 18, 1954 (1954-10-18) (age 62)
Date of death
Place of birth
Independence, Missouri, USA
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Arliss Howard, born Leslie Richard Howard on October 18, 1954 in Independence, Missouri, is an American actor who plays the role of former Governor of Louisiana Truman Burrell on the HBO original series True Blood. Making his debut on the episode "Who Are You, Really?", at the beginning of the the series' sixth season, Arliss plays the role of the owner of a vampire concentration camp. Playing a recurring role through the same season, Arliss meets an untimely demise in the Season 6 episode "In the Evening". He is seen once more, in a flashback on the episode "May Be the Last Time", in the series' seventh, and final, season.


Arliss Howard is an American actor, writer and film director. He was born in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from Truman High School and Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

Howard is married to actress Debra Winger. He has two sons, one from a previous marriage and one with Winger (Babe Howard, born 1997). Howard and Winger have appeared together in several productions at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Howard established his career with stand-out roles in Full Metal Jacket and Ruby. In Till Death Us Do Part (1992), Howard portrayed author and attorney Vincent Bugliosi, who led the prosecution in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. In 1997, he co-starred in Jurassic Park's sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as Hammond's conniving nephew Peter Ludlow, a greedy and manipulative businessman.

He has had a recurring role in the CBS weekly drama series Medium and has directed several episodes. Howard has extensive stage credits, including a role in the 2009 revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway. He also starred in and directed the films Big Bad Love and Dawn Anna, both co-written with James Howard, his brother. His wife, Debra Winger, stars in both films. In 2010 he played Kale Ingram, a benignly duplicitous supervisor at an American intelligence agency in the cerebral TV series Rubicon, which was canceled by AMC after 13 episodes. Howard appeared in the 2011 feature Moneyball.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 AfterMASH (TV) Danny Madden Pilot episode
1983 The Day After Tom Cooper TV movie
1987 Hands of a Stranger Felix Lyttle TV movie
1987 Full Metal Jacket Pvt Cowboy
1988 Tequila Sunrise Gregg Lindroff
1988 Plain Clothes Nick Dunbar Lead role
1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven (TV) Kenneth Parnell
1990 Men Don't Leave Charles Simon
1990 Somebody has to Shoot the Picture Raymond Eames TV movie
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Vincent Bugliosi TV movie
1992 CrissCross Joe
1992 Ruby Maxwell
1992 Those Secrets Simon TV movie
1993 Wilder Napalm Wilder Foudroyant
1993 The Sandlot Grown-up Scotty Uncredited
1994 Natural Born Killers Owen Traft, Mickey & Mallory's Guardian Angel/The Demon Uncredited
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Virgil
1995 The Infiltrator Eaton TV movie
1995 "Wet" Bruce Lomann Short film
1996 Johns John Cardoza
1996 The Man Who Captured Eichmann Peter Malkin TV movie
1996 Beyond the Call Keith O'Brien TV movie
1996 Tales of Erotica Bruce Lomann Re-release of "Wet" as a segment
1997 Amistad John C. Calhoun
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Peter Ludlow
1997 Old Man J.J. Taylor TV movie
1998 The Lesser Evil Ivan Williams
1999 A Map of the World Paul Reverdy
1999 You Know My Name Wiley TV movie
2001 Big Bad Love Barlow also director and writer
2001 The Song of the Lark Dr. Howard Archie TV movie
2003 Word of Honor J.D. Runnells TV movie
2004 Dandelion Luke Mullich
2004 Birth Bob
2005 Dawn Anna TV movie; Director
2005-2007 Medium Captain Kenneth Push
2006 Weapons Mikey's Uncle
2007 Awake Dr. Jonathan Neyer
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Richard DeTamble
2010 Rubicon Kale Ingram TV series
2011 Moneyball John Henry


Season six appearances
"Who Are You, Really?" "The Sun" "You're No Good" "At Last"
"F**k the Pain Away" "Don't You Feel Me" "In the Evening" "Dead Meat"
"Life Matters" "Radioactive"
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