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Shawn Michael Howard

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Birth dateJuly 31, 1969(age 47)
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey

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Shawn Michael Howard (born July 31, 1969) is an American film, television and theater actor.

Howard was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Olivia C. and Frank Howard, Jr. Shawn moved to Manhattan at age 19 to study acting at New York University. He began working off-Broadway while still in school, in Mac Wellman's Crowbar, which won the obie for Best Play. He worked in character roles on episodic television in New York, and his first film role came opposite Tupac Shakur in Above the Rim. In 1994 he moved to Hollywood and starred in "Sunset Park" with Terrence Howard. A succession of recurring television roles led to his breakthrough role as Russell on the NBC sitcom The Single Guy in 1995. He has been a featured guest voice on many animated shows, including "American Dad", "Family Guy", and "Robot Chicken" . He voiced the character "Smokey" on the animated series, The PJs, with Eddie Murphy.




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