American character actor Brian Howe rose to fame when he portrayed the stockbroker Jay Twistle in the film The Pursuit of Happyness. Based on the best-selling memoir of the same name, the movie starred Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton and Dan Castellaneta. Despite success there, Howe began his career with smaller roles. Most of these were on television, and started with a part in a 1988 episode of Spenser: For Hire.
During the 1990s, Brian Howe landed roles in Spy Hard, Dave’s World, and several episodes of The Bonnie Hunt Show. He later portrayed Detective Harry Sorkin on Law & Order, before appearing on LateLine and Family Law. In 2000, he was cast in The Huntress, and played a photographer on an episode of Grosse Pointe. His movies during that time included Return to Me, State and Main, and Code Blue. The next year, Howe was cast in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and played Dr. Roger Fleming in the sci-fi spoof The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. He has also signed on to reprise the role in the sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again.
Other appearances of Howe include those in Crossing Jordan, K-PAX, Dead Last, Any Day Now, and Touched by an Angel. In 2001, he was cast as Carl Leffert on the film The Majestic, and later got a role in Felicity and Will &Grace. The following year he had a part in A.K.A. Birdseye, and was seen on an episode of Judging Amy. He later joined Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks on the crime film Catch Me If You Can, before he resumed his television work. Howe was next seen on The District, Boomtown, and Quintuplets. He later got a recurring role in A Minute with Stan Hooper, before appearing on Charmed, CSI: Miami and The Unit. In 2006, he got the role of Marty on the comedy film RV, starring Robin Williams. Also getting a small role in Evan Almighty, Howe joined the cast of the NBC series Journeyman. He got the part of newspaper boss Hugh Skillen. When the show was canceled, Howe became a guest star on an episode of Boston Legal.
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