Rare these days is the labor leader whose death is mourned much beyond his union's industry.
Much of the response to news of Ken Howard's death Wednesday at age 71 did not center on his role as head of a 160,000-member collective-bargaining powerhouse born of his efforts to unify rival labor groups, however.
That was behind the scenes, and as significant as Howard was there, he was far more memorable front and center, whether on stage, in movies or on television.
He was an actor who could seem at once larger than his 6-foot-6 frame yet also, as needed, not so big as to be unrelatable or intimidating.
No role showcased this quality better than his 1978-81 star...