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Reed Howes
Model, actor

Reed Howes

Reed Howes
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Intro Model, actor
Was Actor Model Film actor
From United States of America
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 5 July 1900, Washington, D.C., USA
Death 6 August 1964, Woodland Hills, USA (aged 64 years)
Star sign Cancer
Harvard University
University of Utah
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Hermon Reed Howes (July 5, 1900 – August 6, 1964) was an American model who later became an actor in silent and sound films.

Early life

Howes was born in Washington, D.C. in 1900, the only child of Edwin Luther Howes and Grace LaForest Howes (née Meserve). He spent the beginning of his childhood in Washington, D.C. before moving with his parents to Ogden, Utah. He served in the US Navy in the closing stages of World War I and was the Pacific Fleet Swim Team's captain. After the war, Howes attended the University of Utah where he graduated. He later went to Graduate School at Harvard University and then entered show business appearing in vaudeville in stock roles. In 1919, while attending Harvard, he saved the lives of a young woman and another man after they nearly drowned in the ocean at York Beach, Maine.

Howes married three times in his life: to Lillian Pechin in 1923, Catherine Tabor in 1932, and Mary Donovan Howard in 1937.

Arrow Collar Man

Reed Howes in The Dawn Rider (1935)

In the early 1920s Howes began modeling shirts and detachable collars produced by Cluett Peabody & Company. Howes was one of several men known as Arrow Collar Men (others were Neil Hamilton, Fredric March, Brian Donlevy, Jack Mulhall, and possibly Ralph Forbes) who were the models seen in the Cluett Peabody company's advertisements for the apparel drawn by illustrator J. C. Leyendecker. A 1924 advertisement by film company FBO capitalizing on Howes Arrow Collar popularity has Howes: "Acknowledged and acclaimed America's handsomest man To be starred in a series of Eight Productions" .

Hollywood Stardom

Howes began making silent pictures in Hollywood in 1923. At this stage of his career his youthful good looks led to him supporting or co-starring with many of filmdoms well-known and beautiful female stars of the time, i.e., Marie Prevost, Clara Bow, Mildred Harris, Marjorie Daw, Viola Dana, Louise Fazenda and Virginia Brown Faire. He also appeared in low budget pictures with lesser known female stars, i.e., Gladys Hulette, Ruth Dwyer, Carmelita Geraghty, Ethel Shannon and Alice Calhoun.

Indeed, many of Howes's silent pictures are 'racing car-romance' movies, the kind Wallace Reid made popular before his untimely death in 1923. Howes seems to have picked up where Wally Reid left off and in fact Howes resembles Wally in looks or more precisely a cross between Wallace Reid and Neil Hamilton. The majority of Howes silents were produced by Harry Joe Brown (who also directed) and released through the Rayart company. Al Rogell directed a lot of them. The studios Howes worked for in the silent era were FBO, Warner Brothers, Fox, Paramount and Universal.


Howes made his sound film debut in Warner's The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson. He closed out the silent era in a programmer production of longtime colleague Harry Joe Brown. In the talking era Howes shifted to playing heavies (villains), first in crime films and then in Westerns, with which he would be associated for the remainder of his career. He continued in these roles throughout the 1940s and 1950s before retiring due to ill health. His health declined further, and he died in 1964 at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital, where he had been confined for months. He was 64.

Selected filmography

  • Notch Number One (1924)
  • The Cyclone Rider (1924)
  • Open All Night (1924)
  • Lightning Romance (1924)
  • Geared to Go (1924) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Super Speed (1925)
  • The Snob Buster (1925)
  • Crack o' Dawn (1925)
  • Bashful Buccaneer (1925)
  • Cyclone Cavalier (1925)
  • Bobbed Hair (1925)
  • The Gentle Cyclone (1926)
  • Racing Romance (1926)
  • The Dangerous Dude (1926)
  • Danger Quest (1926)
  • Kentucky Handicap (1926)
  • Wings of the Storm (1926)
  • Rough House Rosie (1927)
  • The Lost Limited (1927)
  • The Racing Fool (1927)
  • Ladies' Night in a Turkish Bath (1928)
  • The Sawdust Paradise (1928)
  • Fashion Madness (1928)
  • Hellship Bronson (1928)
  • The Singing Fool (1928)
  • Stolen Kisses (1929)
  • Come Across (1929)
  • Clancy in Wall Street (1930)
  • Terry of the Times (1930)
  • Hell Divers (1931) as Lieutenant Fisher
  • Anybody's Blonde (1931)
  • Sheer Luck (1931)
  • Trapped (1931)
  • Hell-Bent for Frisco (1931)
  • Devil on Deck (1932)
  • Gorilla Ship (1932)
  • Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934)
  • The Dawn Rider (1935)
  • Taming the Wild (1936)
  • Feud of the West (1936)
  • Flight to Fame (1938)
  • Flaming Lead (1939)
  • Billy the Kid Outlawed (1940)
  • Heroes of the Saddle (1940)
  • Lightning Strikes West (1940)
  • Covered Wagon Days (1940)
  • The Lone Rider in Ghost Town (1941)
  • Fugitive Valley (1941)
  • Tonto Basin Outlaws (1941)
  • Lone Star Law Men (1941)
  • Red River Robin Hood (1942)
  • Thundering Trails (1943)
  • Law of the Saddle (1943)
  • Brand of the Devil (1944)
  • Saddle Leather Law (1944)
  • Range Land (1949)
  • Cheyenne (1957) TV series - uncredited as Rancher in episode "Top Hand"
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