|Erik Howell was best known to soap opera fans for his portrayal of|
Johnny Fletcher on Guiding Light.
Howell began his life in the South, moving with his mother to New York City where he became an actor at the age of three. After a stint in military school, he entered the College of William & Mary at the age of 16. He graduated with a degree in Acting and never looked back.
Howell appeared on Broadway and off-Broadway in multiple productions, most notably "The Fantasticks," as Matt (the Boy).
He then moved to television, where he took over the role of Johnny Fletcher in The Guiding Light. He played the character from 1967 to 1972.
Following a string of primetime and film appearance, Howell returned to daytime drama in the 1980s in a role heard only via the telephone on General Hospital.
Howell later took a memorable turn on the sitcom Night Court, where he played an actor playing George Washington.
Howell is survived by his beloved husband, Randy.