Steve Howey Biography, wife, movies, TV shows, and net worth

Steve Howey is an American actor known for playing Van Montgomery on Reba, Keven from Shameless, Hopper in Sons of Anarchy, Mike Nazarian in Day Shift, and more.

Steve Howey is often confused for a former English professional footballer, who goes by the same now. However, after digging around, we found that they are not directly related and only share similar first and last a name.

With his several starring roles in movies and TV shows, Howey has managed to rack up an impressive net worth that you will learn about later in this article. Also, we will look at his personal life and see what there is about his wife and family. To get started, see a summary of the most important facts about the actor.

Top 10 facts about Steve Howey

  1. The actor was born Steve Michael Robert Howey on July 12, 1977, and he turned 45 years old on his birthday in 2022.
  2. His parents, Bill Howey and Carla Novinger, used to be acting coaches, and his father was also a director and screenwriter.
  3. One of Steve Howey’s earliest acting roles was as Jim in a 1998 film titled Class, which his dad wrote.
  4. On the TV show Reba, he played Van Montgomery in 125 episodes and also appeared in a music video by the singer who the show was named after.
  5. Steve Howey was Kevin from Shameless, who played the part for nearly a decade (2011 to 2021).
  6. He has appeared in over 40 movies and TV shows, including minor and major parts.
  7. In 2022, he was among the ensemble cast for the Netflix action comedy Day Shift as Mike Nazarian.
  8. Steve Howey married Sarah Shahi, an actress he met on the set of Reba in 2004, and they had three kids together.
  9. He and his wife filed for divorce in 2020 over irreconcilable differences, and it was finalized in January 2021.
  10. Steve Howey wife, Sarah Shahi, plays Billie Connelly in the TV series Sex/Life, and he is allegedly worth $2 million in 2022.

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Early life

Steve Michael Robert Howey was born on July 12, 1977, to Bill Howey and Carla Novinger, in Texas, USA. His family moved to Denver, Colorado, when he was in high school, and after he graduated, he got a two-year basketball scholarship to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.

Howey’s college is famous for the several sports options it offers students. Expectedly, the actor was supposed to chase a career in basketball from there. But, it seems that he was more interested in acting.

His interest in acting likely comes from his father, who has been an acting coach and director for several years. His mom, too, has been working as an acting coach for quite a long time. Without a doubt, they influenced his decision to chase acting full-time.

Career (Steve Howey movies and TV shows)

The actor began his professional career in the 1990s, and his first part was as a guest on the medical drama series ER and the sitcom The Drew Carey Show. He was about 17 at the time, and he had to put his career on hold to attend college. Next, he got to play the part of Jim in a 1998 film titled Class, which his dad wrote.

In 1999, he was cast as Mark Kerwin in the crime drama series Pacific Blue and was credited as a narrator for the animated cartoon compilation Totally Tooned In between 1999 and 2000. He played minor parts as Quarterback Elizey in one episode of ER, a student in one episode of The Drew Carey Show, and Chris DeFalco in an episode of Get Real.

Steve Howey on Reba

Steve Howey was Troy in Any Day Now, and his first major part was as Van Montgomery in 125 episodes of the sitcom Reba, which stars singer Reba McEntire. Then, he got to appear in the music video for “Every Other Weekend” by the singer. His part in the TV show changed his life trajectory and allowed him to meet his future wife.

He was part of the Reba sitcom cast from 2001 to 2007 when he got the lead role of K.C. Carlyle in the 2005 action movie Supercross. And the following year, he played Weatherby in the martial art film DOA: Dead or Alive, which is based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting video game franchise of the same name.

He was featured in a minor role on The WB sitcom Twins as Zack, and he played Ty Troop in the 2007 TV movie The Beast and Mickey in the 2008 TV movie Five Year Plan.

In 2009, he appeared in the romantic comedy Bride Wars, the independent comedy film Still Waiting…, and the horror comedy Stan Helsing (as the title character). The same year, Howey appeared in one season of Surviving Suburbia as Brock and featured in 10 episodes of the comedy web series Ctrl.

Kevin from Shameless

The actor had guest roles in TV shows like State of Romance and Psych in 2010, as well as in Love Bites in 2011. From 2011 to 2021, he played the character of Kevin Ball in the comedy-drama television series Shameless. He had started as a series regular but became a main cast member and was with the show until its end.

Steve Howey was part of the ensemble cast for the 2011 Rock It Production comedy film Conception and played Terry in the romantic comedy Losing Control. He featured as Marcus in the Warner Bros. produced comedy Something Borrowed, which also included Kate Hudson, John Krasinski, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Colin Egglesfield.

Steve Howey as Kevin from Shameless
Steve Howey as Kevin from Shameless. Image Source: Men’s Journal.

In 2012, he played Brody in the short film Monster Roll and was part of the cast for the French-American independent comedy film Wrong Cops. He appeared as a guest in the sitcom New Girl as Jax McTavish, a professional football player, and had a brief stint on the crime drama TV series Sons of Anarchy.

In the 2014 paranormal romance movie In Your Eyes, Howey played Bo Soames. In one episode of Jennifer Falls, he was Frank and starred as Marco Santini in the TV film Where’s This Party?

The actor had a guest appearance on the Comedy Central sitcom Workaholics in 2015 and starred as Makewi in the drama film See You in Valhalla. A year later, he was credited in movies like Love on the Run and the romantic comedy Unleashed, which also starred Kate Micucci, Hana Mae Lee, and others.

In 2017, he had a small part in the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and played a role in the film Blue & Green. He then got to play Danny Cooper in three episodes of the military drama SEAL Team in 2018.

In the action-comedy movie Game Over, Man!, Howey played a character known as Rich, and he played a supporting role in Making Babies, a comedy film directed by Josh F. Huber.

Dead to Me and Day Shift (2022)

The actor starred as Jason in one episode of Dead to Me, a black comedy TV series that was co-produced by Will Ferrell. Meanwhile, in 2019, he was in the buddy cop action-comedy film Stuber. The movie also featured Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan.

In 2022, Steve Howey played Mike Nazarian in the star-studded action-comedy film Day Shift alongside Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Scott Adkins, and Snoop Dogg.

Personal life – Steve Howey wife

Steve Howey married actress and model Sarah Shahi in February 2009. They had been dating for a couple of years after he first met her on the set of the TV series Reba, and they were engaged in June 2007.

Some months after their wedding, they welcomed their first son in July 2009 through a home water birth. In March 2015, they welcomed twins (a girl and a boy) through the same means. However, five years after they gave birth to their second and third children, they filed for divorce.

They had been married for 11 years, and according to the legal documents obtained by US Magazine, the couple cited irreconcilable differences as their reason. They split after filing, but the divorce was only finalized in January 2021.

Since splitting with his longtime partner, Howey has not publicly dated another woman. However, Steve Howey wife, Sarah Shahi, has been dating Australian actor Adam Demos since 2020. They had met on the erotic TV series Sex/Life set.

Steve Howey wife Sarah Shahi divorce.
Steve Howey and his ex-wife, Sarah Shahi. Image Source: People.

Sarah Shahi wiki

Sarah Shahi was born to Iranian parents Abbas Jahansouzshahi and Mahmonir Soroushazar. Her parents relocated the family when the actress was still a baby, and they divorced by the time she turned 10.

Shahi began modeling at the age of eight, starting with beauty pageants, and eventually won Miss Fort Worth pageant in 1997 as a Southern Methodist University student.

To break into the acting industry, she started working as an extra on sets, and before long, she got small parts in TV series such as  Alias, Dawson’s Creek, Reba, and Supernatural. Her first credited role was as DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on the drama series The L Word.

Most of her early roles were as an exotic character, including her part in The Sopranos and as Zoe in Rush Hour 3. Although, she had played Farah in Sleeper Cell Season 2. Then, she got a lead role in the NBC series Life, and her career took off from there.

The actress has featured in Person of InterestBullet to the HeadRoad to Paloma, and City on A Hill. Her most famous acting role is as Billie Connelly in the TV series Sex/Life. Also, she is part of the cast for the DCEU superhero film Black Adam.

Social Media

Steve Howey’s Instagram account has nearly 2 million followers, and he does not post personal media there. His page is filled with promotions for movie or TV show productions that he is working on. The actor is also on Twitter with about 350K followers.

Steve Howey net worth

We found a source that claims that Steve Howey’s net worth in 2022 is about $2 million. This figure looks unlikely because of the many significant projects he has been on and his career’s duration. However, he is not among the highest-paid actors in the world, and he does not look like he does much through brand endorsements.

The List claimed that during his time on the Shameless TV show, Steve Howey made $100,000 per episode. We can only tell that he makes some cool money here and there. Also, since he does not show off his wealth on social media, he likely has a huge bank account.


Howey is one of those actors that rarely make headlines, but they appear to have been on just about every TV show that you have seen. Also, the catalog of movies Steve Howey plays in and TV shows he was in is pretty impressive on close inspection.

His real life, as we can tell, is private, and even his divorce was well handled and did not lead to scandals, which is less than we can say for his colleagues.

Steve Howey is still acting and was in one of Netflix’s most significant movies of 2022. He just turned 45 on his birthday in 2022 and still has so much to offer acting-wise. Sadly, he and his wife of over a decade had to go their separate ways. Although, it is likely for the best, and we wish him the best.

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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