Mar. 1st, 1954
Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Ron Howard's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - Champs
2013 - The Arrested Development Documentary Project
2013 - Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck
2004 - Tell Them Who You Are
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2001 - Osmosis Jones
2000 - The Grinch
1982 - Night Shift
1982 - Night Shift
1977 - Grand Theft Auto
1976 - The Shootist
1976 - Eat My Dust
1976 - The First Nudie Musical
1974 - The Spikes Gang
1973 - American Graffiti
1965 - Village of the Giants
1963 - The Courtship of Eddie's Father
1962 - The Music Man
1961 - Five Minutes to Live
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Film Director
Himself - Host
Ron was born in Oklahoma, into an acting family - his father had realized a boyhood dream of acting by attending the University of Oklahoma and majoring in drama, and his mother went through acting school in New York. He was in his first movie at 18 months, Frontier Woman (1956), although his first real part was at the age of 4. Soon a regular on "Playhouse 90" (1956), he was cast as Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), and later moved from a child in Mayberry to America's teenager as Richie Cunningham in "Happy Days" (1974). The life of a child star is certainly not routine, but Ron's parents wanted his life to be as normal as possible - he attended public schools and at age 15 even took nine months off to play a basketball season. The transition from child actor to adult actor is always difficult, but for Ron the real transition was from child actor to adult director. There were some film roles, such as The Shootist (1976) for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, but his dream and now his focus was directing. He had begun shooting films at age 15 with a Super-8 camera, and after high school spent two years in a film program at the University of Southern California, but then left, feeling he could learn more from actual experience. That first film was the hardest to finance, but he struck a deal with Roger Corman - he would star in Eat My Dust (1976) and Corman would produce Grand Theft Auto (1977) which Howard would direct (he also wrote the script and starred). It was a success, and his directorial career was jump-started. Married since 1975 to his high school sweetheart, he, in 1997, is enjoying a life of telling stories as one of Hollywood's top directors.
- Father-in-law of 'Seth Gabel' (qv).
- Daughters: 'Bryce Dallas Howard' (qv) (b. 1981), Jocelyn Carlyle (twin, b. 1985), 'Paige Howard' (qv) (twin, b. 1985). Son: Reed Cross (b. 1987).
- Son of actor/director 'Rance Howard' (qv) and actress 'Jean Speegle Howard' (qv).
- Ranked #22 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #27 in 2005.
- Brother of 'Clint Howard' (qv).
- Recipient of a (USA) National Medal of Arts, 2003.
- Stepson of L.A. Times columnist and playwright 'Judy Howard (II)' (qv).
- When he was a child actor, his father was very involved in his career, protecting him from unfair treatment, and being strict with him (when necessary).