He will play Sheriff Pope, the town of Wayward Pines' top cop. He takes offense when Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) comes in to town to investigate the disappearance of two agents.
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The actor has stars in the upcoming films "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Prisoners" and "The Best Man Holiday." His TV credits include recurring roles on "Law & Order: LA," "Street Time" and "Sparks."
Howard is represented by CAA and the Timaeus Group.
Deadline first reported the casting.