Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Infobox actor

birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1954|3|1
birthplace = Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S.
birthname = Ronald William Howard
occupation = Actor, producer, director
yearsactive = 1956-present
spouse = Cheryl Howard (1975-present)
academyawards = Best Director
2001 "A Beautiful Mind"
Best Picture
2001 "A Beautiful Mind"
emmyawards = Outstanding Miniseries
1998 "From the Earth to the Moon"
Outstanding Comedy Series
2004 "Arrested Development"
Outstanding Children's Animated Program
2008 "Curious George"
awards = Saturn Award for Best Direction
1985 "Cocoon"
Critics Choice Award for Best Director
2001 "A Beautiful Mind"
Walk of Fame - Television
6838 Hollywood Blvd

Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is a director and producer as well as an actor. Howard came to prominence in the 1960s while playing Andy Griffith's TV son, Opie Taylor, on "The Andy Griffith Show" (credited as Ronny Howard), and later in the 1970s as Howard Cunningham's son and Arthur Fonzarelli's best friend, Richie Cunningham, on "Happy Days" (a role he played from 1974 to 1980). Since retiring from acting, he has directed many films including "Apollo 13", "A Beautiful Mind", "Frost/Nixon" and the upcoming sequel to the "The Da Vinci Code", "Angels and Demons".

Early life

Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Jean Speegle Howard, an actress, and Rance Howard, a director, writer, and actor. [ [ Ron Howard Biography (1954-) ] ] His younger brother, Clint Howard, is a well-known character actor. Howard attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts but did not graduate. [ [ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts] .]


Early acting roles and "The Andy Griffith Show"

Howard first earned recognition for playing Winthrop Paroo, the child with the lisp in the film version of "The Music Man" with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. Besides appearing in "The Music Man", he appeared in the role of Opie Taylor in the television series "The Andy Griffith Show", which was the successful spin-off of "The Danny Thomas Show". There he portrayed the son of the local sheriff in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. For eight seasons, he created a loving relationship with Andy Griffith on-screen, and spent a lot of time with him off-screen when not filming. The credits referred to him as "Ronny Howard." He also appeared in the 1963 film "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" with Glenn Ford and (billed as "Ronnie Howard") in "Little Boy Lost", a 1966 episode of the TV show "I Spy" with Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. Howard made a notable guest-star appearance on the popular television series "M*A*S*H" during that show's first season as an underage American serving in the Marines during the Korean War.

"Happy Days"

Howard is also well known for his role as Richie Cunningham in television's "Happy Days" on which, beginning in 1974, he played the likeable "buttoned down" boy, in contrast to Henry Winkler's Fonz. He attained film success with his role as Steve Bollander in George Lucas' teen movie "American Graffiti". In 1977, while still starring on "Happy Days", he directed his first film, a low-budget comedy/action film called "Grand Theft Auto".

His last significant on-screen role was when he reprised his famous role as Opie Taylor in the 1986 TV reunion movie "Return to Mayberry" reuniting him with Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and most of the old cast.


Before leaving "Happy Days" in 1980, Howard made his directing debut with the 1977 project "Grand Theft Auto" (after cutting a deal with Roger Corman to star in "Eat My Dust" with Christopher Norris). Howard went on to direct several TV movies. His big theatrical break came in 1982 with "Night Shift" featuring soon-to-be stars, such as Michael Keaton and Shelley Long, as well as reuniting Howard with "Happy Days" co-star Henry Winkler.

He has since directed a number of high-visibility films, including "Splash", "Parenthood", "Cocoon", "Apollo 13" (nominated for nine Academy Awards and winning two), "A Beautiful Mind" (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director), "Cinderella Man" and "The Da Vinci Code".

Howard's younger brother, Clint, has minor roles in most of his movies.

Ron Howard will showcase the world premiere of his newest film, "Frost/Nixon" at the 2008 London Film Festival in October, 2008. [ London Film Festival] ]

Imagine Entertainment

Howard is the co-chairman, with Brian Grazer, of Imagine Entertainment, a major film and television production company, which has produced notable projects like "Friday Night Lights", "8 Mile", "Inside Deep Throat", and the television series "24" and "Felicity".

Through his company Imagine Television, Howard continues to have a presence in television, most recently as the executive producer and uncredited narrator of the critically acclaimed FOX sitcom "Arrested Development". The show, despite having won six Emmy awards and near-unanimous praise from critics, did not enjoy high ratings and was limited by Fox Television in 2006 due to FOX scheduling the show opposite major events on other stations. A series finale took place in February 2006, but Howard, on-screen for the first time in the show, suggested a movie version may be in the works. In February 2008, Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman confirmed that a movie is, in fact, going to be made with a possible 2009 release. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz is writing the screenplay, while Howard is rumored to direct.

Personal life

On June 7, 1975, Howard wed his high-school sweetheart, Cheryl (née Alley), a writer with a degree in geriatric psychology. They have four children; daughters Bryce Dallas Howard (b. 1981), Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Carlyle (twins, b. 1985), and son Reed Cross (b. 1987). His daughter's middle names indicate where they were conceived, Bryce in Dallas, twins Jocelyn and Paige at the Hotel Carlyle in New York City. Son Reed Cross was named after a London street because "Volvo isn't a very good middle name", according to Howard. [ [ IMDb Biography for Ron Howard] ] Daughters Bryce and Paige are actresses. The family lives on a 35 acre estate in the exclusive gated community of Conyers Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut. In February 2007, Howard became a grandfather when his daughter, Bryce, gave birth to a son.

Ron Howard was the sixth cousin to his "Andy Griffith Show" co-star, Don Knotts, through Howard's ancestor, Lucinda Knotts.

In the June 2006 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine, Ron Howard was asked, "What do you consider your greatest achievement?" He replied, "Forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life."

Howard in popular culture

Howard appeared as himself twice in "The Simpsons". In "When You Dish Upon a Star", Homer meets and befriends Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Howard. Later in the episode, Howard is injured when trying to jump from a truck to the RV that Homer was driving. In the end, he pitches Homer's movie idea and gets it greenlit. Another episode ("Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder") Homer and Howard are fighting each other while appearing on "The Springfield Squares". Later, Howard gives Homer the inspiration to spend more time with his kids and gives him some money that Homer refuses but takes anyway. Ron yoinks the money back from Homer and then drives away.

When he hosted "Saturday Night Live" in the 1980s, Eddie Murphy called him "Opie Cunningham". In the "South Park" episode, "Ginger Kids", Cartman asks a crowd of fellow gingers to name great Americans with the hair color, the first and only name they can think of is "Ron Howard", and when asked to name a second, one responds "Ron Howard" again.

On a VH1 special about the 100 greatest child stars, many of the interviewees considered Ron Howard to be the most successful child star of all-time, considering his two major television acting roles and his directing career.Fact|date=May 2008 In Season 1, Episode 3 of "Stroker and Hoop" on Adult Swim, Stroker and Hoop ran a detective agency whose first client needed them to make Ron Howard stop controlling his mind.





* "M*A*S*H" (1973)
* "Cotton Candy" (1978)
* "Skyward" (1980)
* "Through the Magic Pyramid" (1981)
* "Littleshots" (1983)
* "Take Five" (1987)
* "Arrested Development" (2003)



* "Frontier Woman" (1956)
* "The Journey" (1959)
* "Door-to-Door Maniac" (1961)
* "The Music Man" (1962)
* "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1963)
* "Village of the Giants" (1965)
* "The Wild Country" (1970)
* "American Graffiti" (1973)
* "Happy Mother's Day, Love George" (1973)
* "The Spikes Gang" (1974)
* "The First Nudie Musical" (1976)
* "Eat My Dust" (1976)
* "The Shootist" (1976) Golden Globe nomination
* "Grand Theft Auto" (1977)
* "More American Graffiti" (1979)
* "The Magical World of Chuck Jones" (1992) (documentary)
* "Apollo 13" (1995)
* "One Vision" (1998) (documentary)
* "The Independent" (2000)
* "Welcome to Hollywood" (2000)
* "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)
* "Osmosis Jones" (2001) (voice)
* "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
* "Tell Them Who You Are" (2004) (documentary)
* "In the Shadow of the Moon" (2007) (documentary)


* "The Twilight Zone" Episode: Walking Distance (1959)
* "Dennis the Menace (1959 TV series)" Played Stewart (a friend) intermittently from 1959 onwards.
* "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)
* "The Fugitive" Episode: "Cry Uncle" (1964)
* "A Boy Called Nuthin" (1967)
* "Gunsmoke" Episode: "Charlie Noon" (1969)
* "Land Of The Giants" Episode: "Genus At Work" (1969)
* "Smoke" (1970)
* "The Smith Family" (1971-1972)
* "M*A*S*H" Episode: "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" (1973)
* "The Waltons" (1974)
* "The Migrants" (1974)
* "Happy Days" (cast member from 1974-1980, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy)
* "Locusts" (1974)
* "Huckleberry Finn" (1975)
* "I'm a Fool" (1976)
* "Act of Love" (1980)
* "The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang" (voice) (1980)
* "Bitter Harvest" (1981)
* "Fire on the Mountain" (1981)
* "Return to Mayberry" (1986)
* "Arrested Development" (Narrator) (2003-2006)


External links

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* [ 2002 Commencement Address (USC School of Cinema-Television)]
* [ Ron Howard: Imagining the Wonders of "Willow"] - Article at []

NAME=Hoaward, Ronald William
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American actor and director
DATE OF BIRTH=March 1, 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH=Duncan, Oklahoma

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