Howie "Big Boy" Gordon was born on January 7, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois. While he was a student at Southern Illinois University, he briefly worked as a male stripper. After some time, he continued his studies at the University of South Florida, and followed that with a job in sales. He hopes to become a meteorologist someday, but is currently working as a Light Saber salesman. Howie is also in the middle of relocating to Los Angeles. Among his usual pastimes are playing football, working out, taking trips to wildlife locations, reading weather literature and running. He enjoys listening to music of The Righteous Brothers and Rod Stewart, and likes to watch the shows Smallville
, Two and a Half Men
and Beauty & The Geek
He and his best friend, Rachel Plencher, became secret partners when they joined season six of the reality series, Big Brother. Howie experienced back-to-back nominations for eviction on weeks 8 and 9 and earned the position of Head of Household twice: once during week 6 and the other during week 10, which was also the same week he was finally evicted from the house.
Howie returned the following season for the show's special production, Big Brother: All-Stars. He failed to match his previous finish, as he was the 7th guest to be evicted from the house, and one of the contestants to go home from a double elimination. Howie was eliminated through the votes of the majority group, led by Dr. Will Kirby
, Mike Malin
and Danielle Reyes
. He subsequently joined Marcellas Reynolds
in the jury house.
Since his appearance on the show, he has worked at Regal movie theater in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He also became a caddy at Hillcrest Country Club.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)