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How is he still alive? I don't know, Quentin, I wasn't there. Why is he still alive? Now that's an interesting question. Maybe he's still alive because he was meant to suffer more, I don't know. But how do we make him suffer if we can't find him?
~ Saint to his right-hand man, Quentin Glass, speaking on how to kill Frank Castle.

Howard Saint is the primary antagonist of the 2004 Marvel movie The Punisher. He is the boss of the Saint crime family, a powerful businessman and money launderer who was responsible for Frank Castle's family massacre at Puerto Rico in order to avenge him for killing his son, Bobby Saint.

He was portrayed by John Travolta, who also portrayed Castor Troy in Face/Off, Billy Nolan in Carrie, Vic Deakins in Broken Arrow and Terl in Battlefield Earth.

Biography and Death

Howard Saint is a crime boss of the Saint family in Miami. He and his criminal organization operate out of a dance club named Saints & Sinners.

Howard's son, Bobby goes out on a deal without his knowing and consent. While at the deal, Bobby discovers what he thinks is a bust, which in reality, was a sting with the dealer being Frank Castle, an undercover FBI agent. Bobby dies during the deal. Back at the station, Frank retires and goes to a family reunion in Puerto Rico. While attending Bobby's funeral, Howard suggests to kill Frank. His wife Livia, however, suggests he kill all members of Frank's family. Howard is eventually killed when Frank Castle ties him to the back of a slow-moving car which drags him through a car park filled with exploding bombs, incinerating him.


Despite being seen as a comfortable, lovely and calm man for his family as well as for the Turro brothers, Howard Saint is actually an extremely intelligent, sophisticated, cold, ruthless, vengeful, brutal, destructive, violent, murderous, greedy, wrathful, megalomaniacal and cunning man from the most diabolical kind.

He is mostly enjoying loving his wife Livia, antagonizing and trying to kill Castle, antagonizing the Turro brothers who are his own business partners and the film's minor villains, and also he is enjoying gaining much more power and money.


  • Howard Saint's character had never appeared in Marvel Comics as well as not appeared on the Punisher's comic books.