Howard Gray was a grieving father who enlisted the services of Miles Straume to be able to speak to his son, Russell Gray, who had recently been killed by a drunk driver. Howard and his wife cremated their son and spread the ashes at the high school football field he played on. ("Some Like It Hoth")
In the casting call he was described as "Howard. Late 40s - late 50s, any ethnicity. Blue-collar, tough-looking. A lonely guy who finds it hard to admit his love for his son. Goes to great lengths to finally bond with him."