(Capcom's primary storyline)
Dr. Howard was a medical doctor employed by the Raccoon General Hospital. Like almost all personnel at RGH, he was killed when the injured/infected began transforming and attacking the staff during the Raccoon City Destruction Incident. He later reanimates, himself, and attacks the survivors as they search the hospital for supplies.
Howard is unlocked as playable in File #1 but does not have a name in this game. In File #2 however, he is given a name. He can be unlocked in File #2 via Data Convert and purchased for a lower price than in the first.
There is a second version of him used as a zombies template that can only be used with cheating devices. This version lacks proper stats resulting in being unable to damage enemies and running very slow. The only way to fix this is to use stat modifier cheating device codes.