Traylor Howard is an American actress known for playing Natalie Teeger on the comedy-drama detective mystery television series, Monk. As an award-winning actress, most of her career has centred on appearing in either comedy films or television shows. Whenever she appeared on the screen, people loved her because she could absorb the pressure and put on a winning performance.
In Hollywood, Traylor Howard is an example of actresses that work through small opportunities. From her simple beginnings in commercials, she gradually made her name among the top actresses on TV and film. Initially, people thought her role on Monk would not be easy. This is because she replaced another actress that fans had already grown fond of and admired. But she did her work well to the satisfaction of many viewers.
So, how old is Traylor Howard? The actress was born on 14 June 1966. Traylor Howard age in 2020 is 54 years. A native of Florida, she grew up in Orlando where she was born and went to school in the same state. Her parents are Robert M. Howard, Jr and to Peggy E. Traylor. Traylor’s father owned a fertiliser company called Howard Fertilizer and Chemical Company.
- Full name: Traylor Elizabeth Howard
- Citizenship: American
- Age: 54 years
- D.O.B: 14 June 1966
- Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States
- Parents: Robert M. Howard, Jr (Father), Peggy E. Traylor (Mother)
- Height: 1.65 m (5 feet 5 inches)
- Profession: Actress
- Marital status: Married
- Ethnicity: White
- Education: Lake Highland Preparatory School, Florida State University
Traylor Howard was born in Orlando, Florida, the United States to parents Robert M. Howard, Jr (Father), and Peggy E. Traylor (Mother). She took on her mother’s maiden name instead of her father’s. While young, the actress went to Lake Highland Preparatory School and later joined Florida State University.
At the University, she did a degree in communications and advertising and a minor in English. In an interview by the Nymag, Traylor said she majored in advertising. It is from this choice that she went on to work in the PR and advertising industry. Her stay was short and later became an actress.
As a kid and even in college, Traylor had several nicknames. People called her Tray, Hitch, Trash, and Park. When she went to auditions, her unique name made people confuse her for a guy. In her adulthood, she used to get mails addressed to Howard Traylor.
Family, husband and children
At the age of 54, Traylor Howard is a married woman and mother of two. She has had several marriages and divorces from different men in her life. In 1990, the actress dated Cameron Hall and got married on 2 February 1991. Traylor Howard spouse, Cameron Hall, later divorced the actress on 12 March 1993 after two years of marriage. They did not have children after they split up.
In 2002, the actress was on an on-screen matchup with Christian Navarro. After a year of dating, Christian Navarro and Traylor Howard got married on 26 April 2003. The couple had a short marriage life that ended through a divorce in 2006. At the time of the split up, the two did not have children. Howard gave birth to a boy on 24 November 2006 called Sabu Howard.
On 1 January 2011, the actress got married for the third time in her life. Traylor Howard husband is Jarel Portman, who is an architect in Atlanta. The two have a son called Julien, who was born in 2012.
Howard’s professional career began in the early 1990s. After graduating from Florida State University, she went to work in the PR and advertising industry. Her first commercial was in 1994 when she appeared for AT&T in the You Will series of marketing campaigns. But she did not see herself taking it further and thought of becoming an actress.
After she stopped doing commercials, she made several appearances on TV and film in 1994. That year saw her make her debut on a television show. She portrayed Dr. Heller's Office Temp in the 1994 superhero TV series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She also played Fran in the 1994 film, Till the End of the Night.
After these movies, Traylor continued to take part in small roles both on TV and film. In 1996, she landed a position as one of the main characters in the sitcom series, Boston Common. She played Joy Byrnes for a total of 32 episodes before the show was cancelled in 1997.
Traylor's most notable acting roles came in two shows - Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998-2001) and Monk (2005-2009). She played Sharon Carter for 81 episodes and Natalie Teeger for 87 episodes respectively. Howard’s role in Monk enabled her to win the 2009 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series.
Despite what seemed to be a promising acting career, Traylor Howard only made one appearance on a television series in 2010. She portrayed Julie Nolan in the pilot of the comedy TV movie, Nolan Knows Best.
What happened to the actress who played Natalie on Monk?
After playing Natalie in Monk from 2005 to 2010, Howard only appeared in the comedy TV movie, Nolan Knows Best. The actress has not been doing much acting since 2010. In 2009, she talked to The Wall Street Journal about her experiences on Monk. One interesting line she gave was “I'm a below-the-radar girl. No one really knows anything about me.”
True to her words, Howard has remained below the radar since 2010. One of the few occasions where she has appeared in the mainstream media was in 2014 when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did a profile on her husband, Jarel Portman.
Where is Traylor Howard now?
Not many people know of the actress’s whereabouts after leaving the television scene. Traylor Howard now seems to be a full-time mother of two and wife. But in July 2019, after an interview with the New Yorker, she appeared in a piece titled The Case of Al Franken. The publication was about some accusations against Al Franken, a former United States Senator.
On 11 May 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic, she appeared in The At-Home Variety Show by PeacockTV. The video released on YouTube was about Tony Shalhoub and his revelation of contracting COVID-19. Shalhoub reprised his role in Monk as the same person obsessed with cleanliness. In the video, Shalhoub was in a video conference call with his former actors from Monk, including Traylor Howard.
Traylor Howard Controversies
Throughout her career, the American actress has stayed away from controversy and personal life. It is the same reasons why many people cannot imagine that she once dated actor George Clooney in 2000. But in 2019, she gave comments to the New Yorker that some considered controversial.
In the publication, she called Al Franken “a good man.” The comments came during the #MeToo movement where several women came out to accuse Al Franken of alleged sexual misconducts.
How much is Traylor Howard worth?
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Traylor Howard has a net worth of $2 million. Most of her money has come from her career as an actress. She also earned a salary while working in the advertising and PR industry in the 1990s.
Traylor Howard is an American actress known for playing Natalie Teeger in the comedy series, Monk. Born on 14 June 1966, she is a mother of two and married to Jarel Portman. Howard has not appeared in a film or television series since 2010. Only a few people know what she is doing, currently.