He was strong and gracious at the same time. A wonderful leader for our union. Let us hope the memory of his dignity and commitment will serve all the members in the years to come
The man was on a mission to bring about fair wages, working conditions, and of course the merger. Pretty much did that since I have been a member. Great loss to all actors and his community. His willingness to push forward will be missed.
-Seth Di Marco
I am honored to have performed under your leadership and staff. You were a great man, among the likes of Samuel Gompers, Terence V. Powderly, Patty Duke, and Dr. Martin Luther King.
Solidarity continues to comfort us when we need each other most.
-Darryl B. Dalton
My best memory of Ken was when we were going through the merger. His gentle guidance and assurances made what could have been a tumultuous event, a seamless transition. I am grateful to have known him as a fellow Union member. RIP.
-Carol C. Bailey
I have distinct memories as a child of the ‘70s watching Ken Howard play the thoughtful, caring, strong basketball coach in The White Shadow. I remember liking how he seemed to be the guy you could always count on to do the right thing—something he personified as President of our Union. Exit stage left, Ken, then straight on 'til morning. May your soul rest in peace.
The first time I met Ken was in 1977, when I was in a TV movie of the week called The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer. He was so welcoming and helpful to me, given I was new in LA. What a wonderful actor and man. He will be missed by all the union members he oversaw and his many friends and family. Goodnight sweet prince.
After watching Ken on The White Shadow when I was growing up, (and enduring my sister's crush on him), I had the pleasure of working with him in the late ‘90s. Ken was a pro, and to my delight, he was passionate about his art and the joy of life. Bless you, Ken. All good wishes to your family and friends.
Writing to express the tremendous grief I felt the moment I heard Ken Howard had died. As a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has tremendously touched me and my work through all he has done for the union through these tumultuous times. He was a titanic figure in the history of our union, steering a ship that could have veered onto the rocks. It cannot be underestimated what every one of us who is a union actor owe to this man and his legacy. He will be tremendously missed.
Attending a Union meeting for "One Union," Ken Howard's passion to join the two unions and the strong stand he took to not go on the podium but to let others talk while saying "there is only one choice" made a huge impression on me. He was a great leader, respected and honored for his leadership and the role he chose in it.
-Tracy Ann Chapel
Thank you, Ken, for your leadership and your fierce and intense love of our union and of actors. The merger of our union was a huge accomplishment -- we are stronger. So proud to be an actor and a member of SAG-AFTRA.