John Howard

Actor John Howard, who had roles in classics like “Lost Horizon” and “The Philadelphia Story,” died of heart failure Feb. 19 at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was 82.

Howard, with aspirations of becoming a teacher, was spotted by a talent scout and went on to make dozens of films during the 1930s and 1940s. He played the title role in the “Bulldog Drummond” series, but he’s probably best known for the role of Ronald Colman’s quick-tempered brother in Frank Capra’s 1937 film “Lost Horizon.”

He played Katharine Hepburn’s fiancee in the 1940 movie “The Philadelphia Story.”

Howard, a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, starred in several television series in the 1950s, most notably as Dr. Hudson in “Dr. Hudson’s Secret Journal.”

Survivors include his wife, Eva, and four children.

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