Profile of 'General Hospital' Actor Roger Howarth

The actor is also known for his role as Todd Manning on "One Life to Live"


Roger Howarth played one of daytime’s most famous and loved villains of all time: former Llanview bad boy Todd Manning on “One Life to Live.” Originally envisioned as a temporary character, Todd became a staple on and off on “One Life to Live” for two decades, with Howarth winning a Daytime Emmy for the role.

Howarth's soap opera roles have been controversial characters; Todd was a rapist, and Franco was a serial killer (although his bad acts were blamed on a brain tumor he didn't know he had).

Todd was one of the few characters who made the leap to “General Hospital” after “One Life to Live” was canceled in 2012, but the character was eventually phased out due to contractual issues. Howarth remained on “General Hospital,” however, assuming the role of Franco, which was originated by actor James Franco.

Here's a snapshot profile of actor Roger Howarth.

    Roger Howarth Personal Life

    Roger Howarth was born on September 13, 1968 in Westchester County, New York. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall.

    Howarth attended an acting program in Connecticut at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.

    He enjoyed playing soccer as a small child up through his late teen years and was on the Puma Shoes National Soccer Team which traveled to around the world.

    Howarth and his wife, Cari, have a son named Julian, who was born in July, 1992 and a daughter named Langston, who was born in April, 2000.

    Roger Howarth Acting Career

    Howarth caught the acting bug early, appearing in the play "The Grand Duke" at the age of 7.

     After only one semester at George Washington University, where he was studying political science, he dropped out to begin acting lessons.

    During a nationwide talent search, Howarth was first discovered and was cast for his short-lived role on the daytime soap "Loving." Howarth portrayed the short-lived role of Kent Winslow in 1992.

    In 1994, Howarth won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Todd Manning. In 1995 and 1998, he won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor and Outstanding Villain, respectively.

    The character of Todd Manning was paired with Blair Manning (portrayed by actress Kassie DePaiva) in 1994.

    In late 2003, Howarth decided to take a break from “One Life to Live,” and he signed on with CBS for the daytime drama “As the World Turns.” He took over the role of Paul Ryan which he played until 2010 when “As the World Turns” was canceled.

    Howarth met his wife, actress Cari Stahler, in a café in New York City where she once worked. Howarth, at the time, lived above the café and Cari asked him out on a date.

    He guest-starred in ABC’s 1998 science-fiction television series "Prey," which only aired for one season and included 13 episodes. Howarth played the role of Randall Lynch.

    During one of Howarth’s acting projects on Broadway, he played alongside actors Stockard Channing and Laurence Fishburne in James Goldman’s 1999 production of “The Lion In Winter.”

    He was a guest star on "Dawson’s Creek," a teen drama series which lasted six seasons before it was canceled in 2003.

    Howarth played the character of Professor Gregory Hetson from 2002 to 2003.