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Howard is one of the central protagonists of 1948 Warner Bros. adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. He's an old prospector with experience over various gold hunters and awareness of what it results in.

He was portrayed by Walter Huston, the father of director John Huston.

Why He Rocks

  1. Walter Huston absolutely kills it as the prospector. He's very entertaining enthusiastic, and a pretty talented speed-talker.
  2. Fred C. Dobbs may be the most complex member of the trio, but Howard comes in a close second due to all of his previous experience with the gold hunters and understanding of the concepts.
  3. We get to see his skills and experience within the field and he shows that he's still in fit shape, despite being in his elderly years. He's able to climb faster than Dobbs and Curtin, he understands fluent Spanish, knows how to track the gold to the gold as if it wasn't his first quest, is a great planner, and knows how much the gold is worth.
  4. Even though he's more experienced than and Dobbs and Curtin, he's also the least corruptible member of the trio showing he does know a lot of his stuff.
  5. There's also the fact that he went out of his way to return the mountain to its natural state after the mining was finished and was the only one to vote against murdering Cody (he was outvoted 2 to 1, but still)

Bad Qualites

  1. Some people may argue that he takes on novice prospectors more as a challenge to see if they can resist corruption to the gold than anything.


  • Walter Huston, the actor who portrayed Howard won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1948.