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|C. Thomas Howell as David Settles|
One of Hollywood’s busiest actors, C. Thomas Howell worked on more than 70 film and television projects from 1982 to 2002 before taking on a completely different kind of leading role of champion slam poet David Settles in Fighting Words.
His big break came as a teenager, when after years of competing in the Junior Rodeo Association and learning stunt work from his stunt-coordinator father Chris Howell, Steven Spielberg upgraded Howell’s position as stunt-double to featured actor in E.T..
Francis Ford Coppola gave Howell his next job as ‘Ponyboy Curtis’ in The Outsiders, which also launched the careers of Golden Globe nominees Rob Lowe & Patrick Swayze and Oscar-nominees Diane Lane and Tom Cruise.
Several of his other movies from the 1980s have since become major cult classics, especially The Hitcher with Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and John Milius’s Red Dawn with Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson.
Howell continued his prolific acting in the 1990s but also directed three features: Hourglass (which he also wrote), Pure Danger, and The Big Fall. Thomas Chamberlain in Ronald F. Maxwell’s Civil War epic films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.
He continues to pursue not only acting but also producing projects under the auspices of his own production company, Buckwheat Films.