"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 later relocating to Los Angeles. 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. Audiences know him primarily for his recurring roles on The Book of Boba Fett and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Galen has acted across all mediums, from film and television to commercial and web content. He 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 Justin Timberlake, Weezer, Elle King, Lil' Dicky, Smashing Pumpkins and many others.
Galen 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). He's also had the pleasure of working with many other prominent directors including Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez, John Hillcoat, Jared Hess and Mark Romanek. He recently appeared in the festival favorite Moon Manor, released from Good Deed Entertainment.
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GALEN ENTERS THE
STAR WARS UNIVERSE
January 5th, 2022
Star Wars fans will want to watch for Galen's appearance on the second episode of The Book of Boba Fett, available for streaming now on Disney+. Galen plays a comically bureaucratic city hall clerk, acting opposite Temeura Morrison, Ming-Na Wen and David Pasquesi. Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine, was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steph Green and lensed by legendary cinematographer Dean Cundey.
TOMMY BOYLE RETURNS TO BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
September 2, 2021
This Thursday Galen returns to the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, reprising his role as Tommy Boyle. Galen first appeared as one of the beige-clad cousins of Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) in 2017. The episode airs tonight at 8PM PST on NBC, and can be streamed on Hulu starting Friday.
THE GLOOM IS AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING NOW
May 10, 2021
Galen is among the cast of the horror fiction podcast The Gloom, which is now available on all major platforms. The scripted series uses a true-crime investigative style to tell the twisting story of a missing person case that may have supernatural ties. Horror filmmaker Frank Merle directs the series from writers Michael Assip and Peter Lancucki, and horror icon Tobin Bell (Saw franchise) heads the cast.
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, 2020
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!