Played the role of Officer George Frankly on the children's series, Mathnet and was also seen on Square One Tv.
He made his acting debut on a 1980 episode of Mork & Mindy.
He is best known for film roles in Grumpy Old Men and The World's Fastest Indian.
He is the father of Jeremy Howard, who is also an actor.
He had a supporting role opposite Jennifer Connelly in the Oscar-nominated film, House of Sand and Fog.