In 2022, actor C. Thomas Howell, best known for his role in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film The Outsiders as Ponyboy Curtis, switched gears and launched his music career. He has played numerous roles throughout his acting career, with more to come, and released his first album in 2023.
Howell’s long-running acting career began when he was very young, and in 2022, he would expand his resume with his first song, “Rose Hill.” The song was inspired while he walked in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. This is the location where members of the Allman Brothers Band are buried. Howell explained to People that he couldn’t help but think of laying down and jamming with the Allam Brothers.
In 2023, Howell’s first full-length album, American Storyteller, was released. The album contains 11 tracks, including “Rose Hill” and “Ponygirl,” inspired by the poem “My Pony Boy” by Bobby Heath and Charley O’Donnell. “The song is a lullaby ballad about a cowboy searching for the love of his life.”
C. Thomas Howell, actor
As a child, Howell, a stunt performer and rodeo star, starred in his first role in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as Tyler. His breakthrough role would come when he was cast as Ponyboy in the cult classic film The Outsiders, a movie based on the novel written by S.E. Hinton in 1967. The coming-of-age story is told through Ponyboy’s eyes, and Howell won a Young Artist Award for his performance.
He would reunite with his Outsiders co-star Patrick Swayze for Grandview, U.S.A., and Red Dawn. He has also starred in Soul Man, The Hitcher, Secret Admirer, Gettysburg, and God’s and Generals. Throughout his career, Howell has amassed over 224 acting roles.
Howell portrayed Roy, a man killed by the Reapers in season 11 of The Walking Dead. Next, he will star with fellow TWD actress Paola Lázaro in the Netflix original film Obliterated.
He will star in the new biopic Reagan, which stars Dennis Quaid as former President Ronald Reagan. Howell will portray Reagan’s secretary of defense, Casper Weinberger.