Mark Twain & Mary Baker Eddy - A film by Val Kilmer


William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells, is one of America‚Äôs most respected literary minds, author of over 100 books and novels, and Mark Twain’s close friend and editor. Howells was editor of the Atlantic Monthly in the 1870s when he discovered Twain and began to publish his early work. Over the years, he has served as Twain’s constant advocate and keenest critic.

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196 Responses to “William Dean Howells”

  1. brwneyedtina says:

    Jeff Bridges would be great but you could change it up and cast Jason Alexander……

  2. Judy says:

    I think Brian Dennehy would be a perfect fit for this role. He resembles him quite nicely and has an authoritarian air about him. Projecting intelligence and class………. he could easily portray a man of such caliber.

  3. I think Anthony Hopkins should play William Dean Howells

  4. Mary Beeman says:

    Ted Levine (Capt. Stottlemeyer from “Monk”)

  5. Kim Browning says:

    Terry O’Quinn

  6. Kat says:

    John Goodman. It needs to be John Goodman.

  7. teresa says:

    Anthony Hopkins could be perfect

  8. Joe Fox says:

    How about Wilford Brimley?

  9. Valerie says:

    I vote for Sam Neill

  10. Missy says:

    Richard Dreyfus would be a good choice.

  11. Michael says:

    Brian Dennehy would be great for this role.

  12. Christina Beisel says:

    Robert Redford

  13. Gennifer says:

    Stacy Keach

  14. Eugene McAlister says:

    Ed Asner or Wilford Brimley

  15. Dennis says:

    Armin Mueller-Stahl

  16. With over forty years of work studying, categorizing, and depicting the life and times of Mark Twain, I feel I know William Dean Howells as well as any seasoned professional actor might know him today. I have been acting on stage in Equity productions since 1965, and continue to act, as well as to publish a library of Mark Twain Audiobooks. All of this information might well work against my chances of being cast as the gentleman Mark Twain would awaken at Stormfield by calling “Howwweeeellllllls!!” in the hall, but I figured what the hell, you’d find out I’m a Mark Twain presenter sooner or later, so… If I had an email address, I’d be happy to send you a complimentary copy of my latest Mark Twain audiobook, which mentions Howells, in fact: The Death Of Jean. I’m putting together the cover and notes at this writing. You can see my library (and listen to samples) at Thanks for the chance to be a part of this interesting and important work.

  17. Sarah V. Gray says:

    Gene Hackman… too bad he’s retired.

  18. Robert Macpherson says:

    My 2 choices are Colm Feore or Christopher Plummer

  19. Connie says:

    Robert Duval

  20. scottie wilkerson says:

    Wilford Brimley, not only does he resemble Mr. Howells, he seems to have the personal character of someone who would have been close to Twain.

  21. Mason says:

    Robert De Niro because Val respects Him

  22. Gypzyroze says:

    Wilford Brimley & Brian Dennehy came to mind first but
    Anthony Hopkins is an excellent choice.

  23. Hank says:

    Brian Dennehy

  24. Vicki Evans says:

    Richard Dreyfuss

  25. hilde says:

    Kurt Russell

  26. Paul K. says:

    Paul Dooley

  27. I’m only willing to mention my actual acting history to anyone who is serious enough to give an audition. My personal website is under construction. I’ve been asked by people such as Shelley Winters who made me look her in her eyes and promise I would go into acting one day also wanted to be my teacher. Robert Goulet offered a position as his understudy after meeting with him several times and I’ve had offers from other very well known directors. Until now I wasn’t able to be in actual major motion films however the type of acting I’ve done in the past before going back to college to study media and computer science I’ve also helped the White House, at 50 years old now I can fianlly commit what it takes to be successful. I’ve decided to keep my promises and give acting a go and have prepared for many years, for that one next big break if it ever comes my way again. I see at least three parts I would be great to audition for in this movie if willing to give me a chance I can now honestly work and commit 100% and see this as a great start in this form of acting as a performing artist.

  28. Dee says:

    I second Ted Levine. A good, yeoman actor.

  29. Cynthia says:

    1st choice: Robert Duval
    2nd choice: Robert Redford
    3rd choice: Kurt Russell

  30. Bob Weitman says:

    Robert Duvall is a wonderful choice to be included in this film to play one of the characters. I hope that happens.

  31. Marianne says:

    I think Wilford Brimley also … or Brian Dennehy. Cast Robert Duvall SOMEWHERE!

  32. Kevin says:

    Armin Mueller-Stahl

  33. Don says:

    How about Rip Torn? Though he’s had a public faux pas or 2, he’s still a pretty good actor and would appreciate the role.

  34. Kathleen says:

    Kevin Cosner ….Not too old….Not too young….would be interesting pairing with Val Kilmer….

  35. Candace Cooke says:

    Gene Hackman

  36. Liam Brannelly says:

    Judging on looks, perhaps Stacy Keach.

  37. Jane Davis Shutt says:

    Fred Thompson

  38. Lynn says:

    Brian Doyle-Murray.

  39. alberta says:

    Barry Corbin looks like Howells and is a great actor.

  40. Alice Searcy says:

    I agree with the Ted Levine or William Bromley or Fred Thompson but many of the above ideals r all really good.
    Maybe even John Travolta or Tom Cruse.

  41. Ryan says:

    Look at the photo, thin the man out a little, there you have it: Christopher Plummer.

  42. DeDiana says:

    Anthony Hopkins

  43. Ian M says:

    Alfred Schmitz III (Actor/Singer)
    Current location: NYC

  44. tawmy says:

    Richard Dreyfuss could easily portray William Dean Howells.

  45. jack says:

    oliver stone deffently even tho hes a director he would be a sweet choice and it would be cool to see the 2 together

  46. Ren Freeman says:

    1st choice: William Hurt
    2nd choice: Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Both, as you know, are stellar and seasoned actors.
    William Hurt is my first choice as he has a mesmerizing presence.

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