Veteran character actor Hoke Howell, who worked in films and TV for more than 40 years, died May 9 of heart failure at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. He was 67.Born and raised in South Carolina, Howell moved to New York in 1954 and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He appeared on Broadway in “Make a Million” (1958) and in 1961 relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a film and TV career. As a character actor, Howell appeared in dozens of TV shows, including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Jack Benny Program,” “Bonanza,” “Dennis the Menace,” “General Hospital,” “Knot’s Landing,” “The Munsters” and “Happy Days.” Howell also had a recurring role on the TV series “Here Come the Brides.” Feature credits include “Geronimo,” “Far and Away,” “Another 48 Hours,” “Merchants of Death,” “Mean Guns” and “The Klansman.” He is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and a sister.
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