Being a child star is hard, especially having to grow up under media scrutiny; this is probably why many child stars flame out quite early on. Leo Howard is one of the lucky child stars who did not get derailed by the perils that come with finding fame and success in the entertainment industry at an early age. The American actor got his career started at the age of seven when he appeared in an episode of the television show Monk.
Leo Howard is best known for his role as Jack on Kickin’ It, a comedy show on Disney XD. He also holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest director of a television series. He directed an episode of the fourth season of Kickin’ It when he was just sixteen, earning him the record and laying down the foundation for a successful career.
Biography of Leo Howard: Age & Early Life
Leo Richard Howard was born in Newport Beach, California on the 13th of July, 1997. The young actor spent a lot of time in Fallbrook, San Diego while growing up. He also attended Tri-City Christian School, a private Christian school in Vista, California.
Leo is a skilled martial artist, having taken an interest in martial arts from the young age of three, although he only began studying it at the age of four. As he grew older, he began training under Matt Mullins, a martial arts world champion, becoming Matt’s youngest student. By the time Leo was eight, he had already won three world championships.
The actor enjoys playing the guitar, cooking and collecting antique weapons. He has also said that if he weren’t an actor, he’d be a veterinary doctor due to his love for animals. He spends a lot of his free time volunteering at a local veterinary clinic.
Though he started acting in 2005, Leo Howard made his feature film debut in 2009 as Eric Brooks in Aussie and Ted’s Great Adventure. That same year, he also had a part in the hit movie G.I Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, as young Snake Eyes. Leo Howard is also a martial artist and often incorporates his martial arts skills into his film and television roles.
He also appeared in Conan The Barbarian, a 2011 fantasy movie, portraying the younger version of the titular character. Keeping it in the Disney family, he appeared on the second season of Shake It Up as a rival for Cece Jones, who was played by Bella Thorne.
Leo has said that he has been a fan of Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee from a young age and he admired the way they incorporated martial arts into their films.
Some other films and television shows Leo has appeared in include Shorts, Logan (2010), Andròn – The Black Labyrinth, Zeke And Luther and Lab Rats: Bionic Island. In 2016, he directed an episode of the Disney television series Gamer’s Guide To Pretty Much Everything.
Girlfriend, Personal Life & Relationship History
In 2013, Leo Howard began dating Zendaya after the two appeared on Shake It Up together. Unfortunately, their relationship was short-lived. Leo then began dating Micayla Johnson, a fellow martial artist. The two were together from 2013 till 2015 before calling it quits on their relationship.
The actor was then rumoured to be dating his Kickin’ It costar, Olivia Holt, although this was never confirmed. In 2017, he was seen hanging out with Madeleine White, a British model. Though the relationship was never officially confirmed, the two were seen posting photos of each other on social media and even took a vacation together.
Beyond that, Leo Howard typically keeps a low profile when it comes to his dating life.
His parents, Todd and Randye Howard, are professional dog breeders specializing in French and English Bulldogs. Apart from dog breeding, his father is also a successful entrepreneur and television personality.
Growing up, Leo had to be homeschooled in order to accommodate his busy schedule, being the star of a hit TV show. As a result, he spent most of his time living in their family home in Studio City. He is close with his parents who have always been supportive of his career choice.
Height & Weight
Leo Howard’s height is recorded to be 5 ft 10½ in (179 cm) while his weight is stated to be 77 kg (170 pounds). The actor has an undeniably amazing physique and his other body measurements are Chest – 44 in, Arms/Biceps – 15.5 in and Waist – 32 in.