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Ron Howard

Ron HowardAKA Ronald William Howard

Born: 1-Mar-1954
Birthplace: Duncan, OK

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Film Director, Film/TV Producer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Richie Cunningham on Happy Days

Ron Howard's father was a writer for The Flintstones and an occasional actor who would bring his son onto the set with him. In Frontier Woman, an abysmal western featuring the elder Howard, young Ron made his film debut at the age of one. He was famous playing Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, and remembers that even at the age of six or seven, the program's producers welcomed and incorporated his suggestions. Later child acting included The Music Man with Robert Preston and The Courtship of Eddie's Father with Glenn Ford.

As a young man, he starred as a hick opposite John Wayne in The Shootist, as an everykid in American Graffiti, and as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. Still, when Howard first said he wanted to direct, it was generally taken as an unintentional joke. Howard made a deal with low-budget producer Roger Corman, agreeing to star in Corman's Eat My Dust if he could star and direct the subsequent Grand Theft Auto.

Eat My Dust made money, as most of Corman's films did, but Grand Theft Auto made more, and its success allowed Howard to direct several television movies during Happy Days breaks. After the sitcom ended, he directed Night Shift, which made Michael Keaton a star, Splash, which did the same for Tom Hanks, and Cocoon, which made Howard's name as a director. Virtually all of his previous work had been in comedy, but Cocoon -- science fiction with an all-star cast of Hollywood elderlies -- was unexpected. Howard's best accolades have come for Parenthood with Steve Martin, Apollo 13 with Hanks and Bill Paxton, and A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe. Howard received the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for A Beautiful Mind.

Howard makes enjoyable popcorn movies that do not insult an audience's intelligence. His "controversial" adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, which infuriated Opus Dei and was called sacrilegious by the Catholic Church, was a harmless spy thriller, and even Howard's critical failures, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, tend to do well at the box office, while his box office duds like Cinderella Man at least earn good reviews.

His films often feature roles for his brother, Clint Howard, their father, Rance Howard, and Howard's wife, Cheryl. There was even a part for Corman in Apollo 13. Still active on television, Howard produced 24 with Kiefer Sutherland and Arrested Development with Jason Bateman.

Father: Rance Howard (writer/actor, b. 17-Nov-1928)
Mother: Jean Speegle Howard (actress, b. 31-Jan-1927, d. 2-Sep-2000)
Brother: Clint Howard (actor, b. 20-Apr-1959)
Wife: Cheryl Alley Howard (dated in high school, m. 7-Jun-1975, three daughters, one son)
Daughter: Bryce Dallas Howard (actress, b. 2-Mar-1981)
Daughter: Jocelyn Carlyle Howard (twin, b. 1985)
Daughter: Paige Carlyle Howard (twin, b. 1985)
Son: Reed Howard (b. 1987)

    High School: Burroughs High School, Burbank, California
    University: University of Southern California (dropped out)

    Academy of Achievement (1997)
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    Obama Victory Fund 2012
    Emmy 1998 for From the Earth to the Moon
    Oscar for Best Director 2002 for A Beautiful Mind
    National Medal of Arts 2003
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6838 Hollywood Blvd.

    TELEVISION
    Arrested Development Narrator & Producer (2003-06)
    Happy Days Richie Cunningham (1974-84)
    The Smith Family Bob Smith (1971-72)
    The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor (1960-68)
    Dennis the Menace Stewart (1959-60)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Made in America (5-Sep-2013)
    Rush (2-Sep-2013)
    The Dilemma (13-Jan-2011)
    Angels & Demons (7-May-2009)
    Frost/Nixon (15-Oct-2008)
    The Da Vinci Code (17-May-2006)
    Cinderella Man (3-Jun-2005)
    The Missing (26-Nov-2003)
    A Beautiful Mind (13-Dec-2001)
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8-Nov-2000)
    Ed TV (26-Mar-1999)
    Ransom (8-Nov-1996)
    Apollo 13 (30-Jun-1995)
    The Paper (18-Mar-1994)
    Far and Away (22-May-1992)
    Backdraft (24-May-1991)
    Parenthood (2-Aug-1989)
    Willow (20-May-1988)
    Gung Ho (14-Mar-1986)
    Cocoon (21-Jun-1985)
    Splash (9-Mar-1984)
    Night Shift (30-Jul-1982)
    Skyward (20-Nov-1980)
    Cotton Candy (26-Oct-1978)
    Grand Theft Auto (16-Jun-1977)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Birth of the Living Dead (18-Oct-2013) · Himself
    Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (21-Jan-2011) · Himself
    Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (25-Jul-2010) · Himself
    Tell Them Who You Are (11-Sep-2004) · Himself
    Osmosis Jones (7-Aug-2001) · Tom Colonic [VOICE]
    Welcome to Hollywood (27-Oct-2000) · Himself
    The Independent (12-Mar-2000) · Himself
    Return to Mayberry (13-Apr-1986)
    Bitter Harvest (4-May-1981) · Ned DeVries
    More American Graffiti (3-Aug-1979)
    Grand Theft Auto (16-Jun-1977) · Sam Freeman
    The Shootist (11-Aug-1976)
    Eat My Dust! (1976) · Hoover Niebold
    Huckleberry Finn (25-Mar-1975)
    The Spikes Gang (8-Jul-1974)
    The Migrants (3-Feb-1974)
    Happy Mother's Day, Love George (17-Aug-1973)
    American Graffiti (11-Aug-1973) · Steve
    The Wild Country (15-Dec-1970) · Virgil
    Village of the Giants (20-Oct-1965) · Genius
    The Courtship of Eddie's Father (6-Mar-1963) · Eddie Corbett
    The Music Man (19-Jun-1962) · Winthrop Paroo
    Door-to-Door Maniac (7-Dec-1961)
    The Journey (19-Feb-1959) · Billy Rhinelander


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