William K. Howard

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St. Marys, Ohio, USA
Director William K. Howard was born in St. Marys, Ohio, in 1893. He studied engineering and law at Ohio State University, but gravitated towards film distribution when he took a job as sales manager for Vitagraph. After serving in an artillery unit with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, he relocated to Hollywood and trained as an assistant director at Universal. Howard began directing films in 1921, first for Fox, then at Famous Players Lasky (1924). Many of his early silents were commercially popular westerns, characterized by powerful images of rugged landscapes, often featuring sweeping plains and imposing monoliths. Read more...