Dick Howes, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for his portrayal of the Joker on the ABC television show “Scandal,” died Thursday at the age of 88.
He was born August 16, 1939, in Philadelphia.
Howes won an Oscar for his role in “I Love You, Dick.”
He was the last actor to receive the award, which he won for his performance as the Joker in 1978.
He later reprised the role in Batman: The Animated Series and the film “The Dark Knight Returns.”
He also starred in “Dirty Dancing,” which he co-wrote with Dick Cavett.
Howe won a Golden Globe for his performances in the 1990 film “Hercules,” starring Richard Pryor.
In 2009, he won a Best Actor Oscar for playing a character named “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on ABC’s “The Big Bang Theory.”
He will be remembered for his “I love you, Dick” role on “Scandals.”
“I loved Dick so much.
The thing that I loved about him was that he was so funny, and he was funny in so many ways,” Howes told The Hollywood Reporter last year.
“He had this funny way of getting people’s jokes, and I love that.
And he was very, very good at improvising and he would improvise with all of us.
That’s the thing that made him so funny.
And I’m so proud of that.”
Howes’ career took off after his breakout role on the CBS television series “Scorpion,” which followed a fictional police investigation of a serial killer.
He went on to play an equally popular cop in the films “The Fog of War,” “Marry Me,” and “The Manchurian Candidate.”
In 2009 and 2011, Howes starred in the comedy “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” starring his wife, Lois Lane.
Howers won an Emmy Award for the role.
In 2011, he received a Golden Globes nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy.
He has also appeared in “Lion,” “The New Normal,” “Dance Moms,” “Walking Tall,” and many others.
“I think I’ll go for that for a long time,” Howe said at the time.
“If you watch a few movies, you’ll find that I’m a bit of a weirdo and a bit self-destructive, and a little bit of weird.
So, that’s the other side of the coin.
And that’s what I like about that.
So if you’re going to give me a movie or a TV show, then give me the right to be me.”
“You get to be whoever you want to be, but you get to live with that,” Howed told The Daily Beast last year, when he was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor in “The Black List.”
“That’s the good side of it.
That allows you to be yourself.”
In 2014, Howed received an Emmy for his work on “I Hate Myself for Trying to Kill the President.”
He later starred in a series of “Dancing With the Stars” episodes.
Howey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
In 2018, he starred in an episode of “Criminal Minds.”
Howed has been married to Nancy Lasker for 44 years.
He is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, and three daughters.