"Galen is a rare gem of a character - genuine eccentricity that shines."
John Hillcoat, director The Road, Lawless
"Whether it's comedy or drama, Galen never fails to illuminate some corner of the character's life that anyone else would miss."
John Hindman, writer/director The Answer Man, The Passing Parade
Galen Howard is a character actor with a reputation for playing offbeat, strangely likable humans with a dark underbelly. He started acting in Northern California before relocating to Los Angeles in 2010. In his studies, he interned at Timothy Busfield's B Street Theater, and trained with celebrated acting teacher Ivana Chubbuck. Over his career he has amassed a varied rogues' gallery of characters, from offbeat criminals to eccentric man-children.
Galen has acted across all mediums, from film and television to commercial and web content. He has had memorable roles in the indie film world, including an emotionally stunted cult member in the Lionsgate release Children of Sorrow, and an evangelical kidnapper in American Nightmares from iconic director Rusty Cundieff (Fear of a Black Hat, Tales From the Hood). His television appearances include The Middle, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Agents of SHIELD. He recently played a bumbling elephant poacher opposite Tom Arnold in Saving Flora, and a childlike parishioner opposite Richard Riehle in Moon Manor.
Galen first gained attention for his sketch characters on the groundbreaking YouTube channel Smosh, and has since worked with other prominent web entities like Buzzfeed, Rooster Teeth, New Form and FacebookTV. He later became known for his idiosyncratic appearances in countless music videos for artists including Weezer, Elle King, Lil' Dicky, Galantis, Smashing Pumpkins and many others. He worked with director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) on Justin Timberlake's smash hit "Can't Stop the Feeling," which has amassed over one billion YouTube views. He recently starred in the retrofuture inspired video for "Energy" from electronic duo Disclosure.
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DEATHCEMBER AVAILABLE NOW
November 24, 2020
You can see Galen in the Christmas-themed horror anthology Deathcember, which releases on DVD and VOD from Scream Factory and Epic Pictures today. Galen co-stars in director Ama Lea's Giallo-themed segment, Five Deaths in Blood Red, opposite genre legend Barbara Magnolfi. The segment appears along entries from notable horror directors including Lucky McKee and Ruggero Diodato. Available now from all major platforms!
GALEN JOINS SCRIPTS GONE WILD
July 20, 2023
Galen is pleased join the raucous, online script reading series Scripts Gone Wild for a performance of the camp classic Arachnophobia this Wednesday, 7:30 PM. Hosted by filmmaker Billy Ray Brewton, the series acts as an affectionate celebration of film, ridiculous drinking game and charitable fundraiser. Originally a monthly live event, the series has converted to weekly online readings through YouTube. All readings can be viewed in perpetuity following airtime. Catch Galen this Wednesday and others in the following months.
NEW PODCAST APPEARANCE
July 20, 2020
Podcasts have been a great outlet during quarantine, not just for listeners but for the participants as well! Look for Galen as a guest on numerous great podcasts over the coming months. He recently appeared on the cult film podcast Strong Language & Violent Scenes, discussing the bizarro classic Rubber. You can hear Galen on Episode 109 and other great conversations with film personalities on past entries.
GALEN STARS IN DISCLOSURE MUSIC VIDEO
May 21, 2020
To disrupt the monotony of quarantine, Galen makes a bold return to music videos. This time he stars in "Energy" a vibrant retrofuture companion to the new song from the EDM outfit Disclosure. The British electronic duo employed the talents of directing duo Kid Studio, and the results are certainly memorable. Enjoy!