An Interview with Harlan Coben '84

(Conducted by Ken Howard, Class of 1966)

Harlan Coben '84

"I'm really bad at titles."

In this interview, two former Lord Jeff basketball stars discuss the real-life people who have inspired some of Harlan Coben's recurring characters: including his freshman roommate and an actor from the French film version of his novel Tell No One. They also share some stories about the challenges of working in the Hollywood movie business.

Harlan Coben and Ken HowardKen Howard '66 interviews Harlan Coben '84

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Ken Howard '66

A veteran actor of stage and screen, Ken Howard  has played dozens of roles in film, television and theater. In 1970, he won a Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Child's Play. He later starred on Broadway in Seesaw in 1973 and as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 (a role he reprised in the 1972 film) and The Norman Conquests in 1975. He is known for his portrayal of US Presidents, including the Broadway musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1976, and as Warren G. Harding in Camping with Harry and Tom in 1995. He has appeared in theater all over the country, most recently as Tip O'Neill in a one-man show in Boston, According to Tip, at the New Repertory Theater in Watertown.