Welcome to the Official Frequently Asked Questions website for C. Thomas Howell.
This FAQ is a compilation of Tommy’s answers to fan questions from Twitter, coupled with news, upcoming events and other items.
UPDATE: We’ve recaptured Tommy’s Twitter handle @cthomashowell and I’ll be turning it into a news account.
If you’re looking for more information about Tommy, feel free to check out his IMDB profile: Tommy’s IMDB page.
If you want current news, a host of photos from Tommy’s career and a chance to chat with other fans, please check out Tommy’s Facebook Fan Page.
For a quick and simple picture gallery with the latest news and fan art reposts, check out Tommy’s Tumblr page.
And to look through a wide variety of home videos, fan videos, film clips, interviews and other fun stuff, check out Tommy’s YouTube channel.
To browse various sections of this site, please use the “FAQ Categories” navigation on the upper right side of the page or on the top navigation. There are also pages on the site with extra videos, upcoming TV and film appearances, and other information included in the navigation bar at the top of the site.
Question: What do I call you? C. Thomas? C.? Thomas? Mr. Howell?
Question: What does the C. stand for?
Answer: Dec. 7, 1966
Question: Boxers or briefs
Question: Since you come from a stunt background, do you do all your own stunts?
Answer: A lot but not all.
Question: What would you do if you didn’t pick acting as a career?
Answer: Stunts (Tommy’s father is a stunt man – several family members also do stunts)
Question: Where did you grow up and where did you go to school?
Answer: (Tommy grew up in Los Angeles) Went to elementary school in Castaic. Graduated from Saugus High!
Question: How long have you been an actor?
Answer: Since I was 6 years old!
Question: What is your biggest fear, Tommy?
Answer: Not being prepared for work… Or losing the remote control. Both terrify me!
Question: What REALLY pushes your buttons? Pisses you off?
Question: Do you smoke?
Answer: No… Its gross
Question: Are you fluent in any other languages?
Answer: Broken Spanish.
Question: Sorry for asking so many questions. Just 1 more, I promise :) What do you like to do to chill out?
Answer: Visit friends, read, watch movies, eat at nice places, travel, golf, ride horses, listen to music, play with my dog or kids!
Question: Do YOU have any tattoos?
Answer: No… But I dig tats a lot!
Question: Why don’t you have any tats? I know you dig them, so is it because you have to keep a clean slate for acting?
Question: What was your favourite subject at school besides Drama?
Answer: I loved History and English!
Question: What was your worst subject in school?
Answer: Algebra *hated it*
Question: Did you EVER go by Chris or were you called Tommy as a kid, too?
Answer: Always called Tommy (dad’s name is Chris)
Question: What kind of car do u have?
Answer: Mustang… Of course!
Question: Do you wear a watch?
Question: Are you ever going to write a memoir? U have been in so many movies I think people would b interested.
Answer: Been thinking about it..
Question: so are you naturally more of a morning guy or a night owl? ;)
Answer: I’m C. “All of the above”
Question: Did u ever have braces??
Question: I know you had a rough time w/your appendix awhile back. Are you doing well now? You look fantastic!!
Answer: Yeah, that was a tough go for a while but I’m 100% (ish) now! Thx!
Question: Have you ever used a oujia board?
Answer: No i haven’t…
Question: Have you given in to any of the Hollywood surgical treatments or are you all natural ?#youlookfab :))
Answer: Voluntary surgery? Are you freakin’ nuts? I won’t even dye my hair!!!
Question: Gay rights. Yay or nay?
Answer: YAY! Im in the film biz ffs!
Question: Do you live in the city, or outside LA?
Answer: In the city!
Question: How come you’re listed as @CThomasHowell instead of Tommy Howell in the credits of your movies?
Answer: Ask my father!
Question: Did you do any commercials before hitting it big as an actor?
Answer: A few when i was a kid!
Question: Didn’t you go to the prom once in the 80’s with one of your fans.
Question: Kyle Richards – Did you guys date or just friends??
Answer: Went out for 4 years!
Question: Did you ever attend high school or were you home schooled after The Outsiders made you a star?
Answer: Pretty much home schooled after my freshman year
Question: If you could go anywhere in the world that you haven’t been yet, where would it be?
Answer: Machu Pichu
Question: u believe in ghosts?
Question: How many states have you been in? :)
Answer: All of them… But mostly the state of confusion!
Question: Are you LA born and bred??
Answer: yes… 3rd generation!
Question: have you ever been to Italy??
Answer: Lived there for a year
Question: How come you speak spanish? Did you learn at school or…?
Question: Hey how r u this friday night? Random question, color of your toothbrush?
Answer: Blue lol
Question: Have you pierced your ears?
Answer: Regretfully one side… Hate it
Question: Do you have a FB? There’s a C Thomas Howell on there, but I can’t tell if it’s legit.
Answer: Yea… But I’m full. (plenty of room for likes on the FB fan page at http://www.facebook.com/christopherthomashowell though)
Question: Are your eyes hazel Tommy??
Question: Is there any place you’ve been that you absolutely DO NOT want to return to?
Question: Do you have a guilty junk food?
Answer: All junk food is guilty… I stay away!
Question: you had girly handwriting in secret admirer.. no offense :)
Answer: I still do. I’m all flowery like that!
Question: Do you do your own stunts at all?
Answer: All the time
Question: Did u ever go to college??
Answer: Only in movies!
Question: If u had gone to, what would you have studied?
Answer: Maybe architecture
Question: Would you ever consider making a cameo in @se4realhinton’s new web series?
Answer: I’d do anything for her
Question: What do you put in your coffee, and in what quantity?
Answer: Cream no sugar!
Question: Hey did you do drama class and plays when you were in school?
Answer: No, I was making movies back then
Question: hi! morning! Do you have a star on the WalkOfFame? Would you want one? =)
Answer: No I don’t… Could care less…
Question: Do you like to cook?
Answer: Yes, but I hate cleaning up
Question: Are you still married to hottie Ray Dawn Chong?
Answer: Lol… That lasted a few months.
Question: Do you support gays and bis?
Answer: Yes… When I grow up I wanna be one!
Question: Have you ever thought about going storm chasing someday? :) #ThoughtIdAsk
Answer: Lol no
Question: Do you have any allergies?
Question: I’m curious. You were my poster of choice in my teens, who adorned your bedroom walls???
Question: does anything annoy you?
Answer: Bad drives and three putting!!!
Question: What’s your golf handicap?
Answer: You can get Tommy’s current handicap at this site: http://www.ushandicap.com/golfers/golfer.asp?userID=1400701
Question: Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?
Answer: Shooting Gods and Generals (filmed in Maryland and Virginia). Happy to be alive…
Question: Are you enjoying your career more or less than when you were younger? Loved u throughout….hugs!
Answer: Much much more now! Thanks
Question: now that you were in the outsiders is there a preference to whether you would like to live in the past or present?
Answer: I’m always living in the moment. Always!
Question: Do you have an #instagram
Answer: Yes but don’t use it
Question: do you play video games? If so, Xbox or PS3?
Answer: That’s for kids
Question: I see you’re using Echofon. On an iPhone?
Question: what type of iPhone do you have?
Question: do you have a case on your iPhone if so what color is it?
Answer: Black Mophie
Question: Mac or PC?
Answer: I have both! lol
Question: Wait a minute last nite Kyle Richards tweeted u back how does she know ur wife , u known Kyle 4 many years?
Answer: Kyle was my first girlfriend for 4 years… I love her dearly. Known her for 30 years..
Question: what’s your natural hair color?
Answer: Light brown
Question: What’s your favourite candy?
Answer: Not sure but I absolutely hate yellow gummy bears
Question: What age were you when you had your first girlfriend?
Question: Did you really smoke when you were younger?
Answer: In movies only
Question: who did you have a crush on in the 80s
Answer: Christy Turlington… still do
Question: where is the farthest place from home you’ve traveled?
Answer: Cape town South Africa
Question: Tommy is this true!!?? (About his appendix rupturing in ’03)
Answer: Partially… My intestines weren’t removed and I lost 20 pounds… Someone’s imagination got the best of them…
Question: Thomas, do you believe that gays should be allowed to be married?
Answer: “All created equal” Its been written…
Question: what do you think about the gay rights decision from the us supreme court
Answer: Equality for all
No spoilers, but Tommy was nice enough to share some pictures of him getting a head mold for his upcoming appearances on NBC’s Grimm.
He said the stuff they use isn’t sticky. They put it all over your head – including your hair. The final outer white layer is really hard.
The whole process took about an hour. It does make you a bit claustrophobic, but once you finish, the mold can be used again and again.
Tommy’s first Grimm episode with be Season 3, Episode 18. The show airs Friday nights so stay tuned!
Tommy will have a recurring role as a guest star in NBC’s Grimm, starting with episode 18 season 3 “The Law of Sacrifice,” which should air later this spring.
The show films in Portland, Oregon. He shot Episode 18 in mid February.
According to this TV guide story:
“The Southland and Criminal Minds alum will play FBI agent Weston Steward in Episode 18. Because of his experience and capability, Prince Vikton (Alexis Denisof) views Weston as an invaluable resource when stateside issues need to be handled swiftly and precisely.”
Here’s the spoiler TV alert about it: http://www.spoilertv.com/2014/02/grimm-episode-318-law-of-sacrifice-c.html
Tommy has worked with the show’s executive producers before – on the film “Secret Admirer” when he was 17.
Being the notoriously weird place that it is (I live in the Portland area), the city’s free paper “The Portland Mercury” posted this odd story about Tommy being in town (Tommy thought it was funny, although he never talked to anybody there and he didn’t write it): Can you help me find Powell’s?. (Powell’s is a local iconic bookstore, and Tommy did visit it once on his trip).
They also had this story noting that he was in town: Celebrity Lookout: C. Thomas Howell is Heading Our Way!
And here’s Grimm’s page on NBC: http://www.nbc.com/grimm. The show airs Fridays at 9 p.m.
Hi Folks! It’s true. Tommy deleted his Facebook and Twitter today.
He wants to focus more of family, friends and work and just detach from the digital world a bit more.
I’m still in touch with him daily – and I’ll keep everybody up to date on his new projects and what-not.
Nobody did anything wrong. He sends his love to everybody.
Everything will continue as normal here and on the Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/christopherthomashowell (there are more pictures on there than there are here by the way).
Thanks for understanding guys!
Cheers everybody. Take care!
Tommy will guest star as Alex Polanski, a jury foreman, on the Friday, Nov. 15 episode of Blue Bloods on CBS. The show airs at 10 p.m.
Here’s some photos from Tommy when he filmed the episode in October:
Here’s the episode trailer:
Here’s the CBS press release info:
FRANK NARROWLY ESCAPES DEATH WHEN HIS FRIEND, A MOB LAWYER, IS SHOT ON THE STREET FOLLOWING DINNER, ON “BLUE BLOODS,” FRIDAY, NOV. 15
Chazz Palminteri Guest Stars as Mob Lawyer Angelo Gallo
“Justice Served” — Following Frank’s dinner with mob lawyer Angelo Gallo, Gallo is shot, and Frank narrowly escapes with his own life. Meanwhile, Danny is called for jury duty, and winds up being the sole dissenting opinion in a murder trial, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Nov. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Chazz Palminteri guest stars as the mob lawyer.
Tom Selleck (Frank Reagan)
Donnie Wahlberg (Danny Reagan)
Bridget Moynahan (Erin Reagan-Boyle)
Will Estes (Jamie Reagan)
Len Cariou (Henry Reagan)
Marisa Ramirez (Det. Maria Baez)
Amy Carlson (Linda Reagan)
Sami Gayle (Nicky Reagan-Boyle)
Tony Terraciano (Jack Reagan)
Andrew Terraciano (Sean Reagan)
Gregory Jbara (DCPI Garrett Moore)
Vanessa Ray (Officer Eddie Janko)
Abigail Hawk (Abigail Baker)
John Ventimiglia (Dino Arbogast)
Robert Clohessy (Sargeant Gormley)
James Nuciforo (Detective Nuciforo)
Peter Hermann (Jack Boyle)
Chazz Palminteri (Angelo Gallo)
Rikki Klieman (Katrina McCarthy)
Simon Feil (Howard Lombardi)
J.Mallory-McCree (Deshawn Williams)
C. Thomas Howell (Alex Polanski)
Clyde Balbo (Ken Peters)
Linda Powell (Pauline)
Ivan Quintanilla (Drew)
Jasmine Cephas Jones (Shania Costa)
JP Serret (Jose Otero)
April Yvette Thompson (Letitia)
Elaine Del Valle (Sophia Martin)
Eliud Kauffman (Thomas Martin)
Maria Rivera (Ella Martin)
Barbara Haas (Shopper)
Jason Ralph (Jake Singer)
Nicole Patrick (Melissa)
Andrew Madsen (Bartender)
Penwah (Mrs. Williams)
WRITTEN BY: Siobhan Byrne O’Connor
DIRECTOR: David Barrett
If you ever wondered about Tommy’s old rodeo days – he was one of the top cowboys in California in his youth – here are some pictures he gave us:
Tommy’s well-loved (or hated) character The Boston Reaper has returned to Criminal Minds in Season 9 in the 5th episode called “Route 66.” The episode revisits Hotch’s state of mind in the years since Tommy’s character killed Haley. It aired on Oct. 23, 2013 at 9 p.m. on CBS.
He filmed in LA in late August.
The Reaper has repeatedly been rated as the top bad guy on Criminal Minds.
Here’s a story with a little more info: ‘Criminal Minds’ season 9 spoilers: Thomas Gibson’s Hotch to look back
Here’s a TV guide story about the new episode with a teaser video: Criminal Minds’ Thomas Gibson: Haley’s and The Reaper’s Returns Won’t Give Hotch Closure
And here’s a great Criminal Minds Wiki article about all things Reaper: http://criminalminds.wikia.com/wiki/George_Foyet
Here are some of Tommy’s past Twitter comments about the role:
Question: What are the favorite shows you’ve guest starred on?
Answer: 1. SouthLAnd 2. Criminal Minds
Question: Do you ever visit the Criminal Minds team?
Answer: I sure do!
Question: Probably been asked this before but did you get to keep “The Reaper” mask?
Answer: No… Didn’t ask. Damn it!
Question: Did you enjoy playing the bad guy on Criminal Minds? great job by the way
Answer: Great role, better people.
Question: what was your favorite part about playing George Foyet on Criminal Minds?
Answer: Great writing! cool people
Question: If I saw @CThomasHowell on the streets randomly, I don’t know if I’d be able to go over to him because I know him as a murderer.
Answer: I wouldn’t hurt you, love.
Comment: The Criminal Mind fans are out strong! Thanks for all of the unsub love! #fearthereaper
Question: may i just say everytime Omnivore airs you give me the chills :D
Answer: Im partial to 100 personally
Question: What was it like fighting Thomas Gibson? #fearthereaper
Answer: He smells like a vanilla cupcake
Criminal Minds Pics
Here are some links to Tommy’s appearances in prior episodes if you want to check it out. It’s well worth it!
Criminal Minds Season 4 (“Omnivore,” “To Hell…” “And Back”) on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/criminal-minds-season-4/id353398570
Criminal Minds Season 5 (“Nameless, Faceless” and “100”) on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/criminal-minds-season-5/id349731761
“Lost on Purpose,” an indie film starring C. Thomas Howell, is now available for direct download to rent or buy!
It was released October 6. Get it here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/lostonpurposethemovie
The film has been making the rounds at several festivals this year.
It was funded through Kickstarter. Here’s the info on the project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/273375852/lost-on-purpose.
Lost On Purpose stars Jane Kaczmarek (of Malcolm in the Middle), James Lafferty (of One Tree Hill), Aaron Hill (of Greek), C Thomas Howell (of The Outsiders), Dale Dickey (of Winter’s Bone), Jeremy Ratchford (of Cold Case) and Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer.