Mar. 1st, 1954
Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Ron Howard's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- Best known on TV for his starring roles as Opie Taylor on _"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv) and as Richard "Richie" Cunningham on _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv).
- Recipient of a (USA) National Medal of Arts, 2003.
- Brother of 'Clint Howard' (qv).
- Played Winthrop Paroo in _The Music Man (1962)_ (qv), and the title role in _Huckleberry Finn (1975) (TV)_ (qv). Both roles were previously played by 'Eddie Hodges' (qv).
- Directed 8 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: 'Don Ameche' (qv), 'Dianne Wiest' (qv), 'Ed Harris (I)' (qv), 'Kathleen Quinlan' (qv), 'Russell Crowe' (qv), 'Jennifer Connelly' (qv), 'Paul Giamatti' (qv), and 'Frank Langella' (qv). Ameche and Connelly won Oscars for their performances in one of Howard's movies.
- Cast both of his parents in _Apollo 13 (1995)_ (qv). Daughter, 'Bryce Dallas Howard' (qv), also had a cameo appearance.
- Stepson of L.A. Times columnist and playwright 'Judy Howard (II)' (qv).
- Acted with 'Kathleen Quinlan' (qv) in _American Graffiti (1973)_ (qv), then directed her in _Apollo 13 (1995)_ (qv).