Ron Howard


Director, Producer
Ron Howard

About

Also Known As
Ronny Howard, Ronald William Howard
Birth Place
Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Born
March 01, 1954

Biography

Ever since he made his acting debut when he was less than two years old, former television star-turned-film director Ron Howard enjoyed legendary status on both sides of the camera. After he charmed television audiences as Opie Taylor, the loveable son of a small town sheriff on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), Howard cemented his fame as Richie Cunningham on the iconic series, "...

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Family & Companions

Cheryl Alley
Wife
Writer. Married on June 7, 1975; has appeared in most of her husband's films in non-speaking roles.

Notes

Not to be confused with British actor Ronald Howard, the son of actor-director Leslie Howard.

Three of Howard's four children are named for the places they were conceived: Bryce Dallas in Dallas; Paige Carlyle and Jocelyn Carlyle at the Hotel Carlyle in New York City. --From Premiere, April 1991.

Biography

Ever since he made his acting debut when he was less than two years old, former television star-turned-film director Ron Howard enjoyed legendary status on both sides of the camera. After he charmed television audiences as Opie Taylor, the loveable son of a small town sheriff on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), Howard cemented his fame as Richie Cunningham on the iconic series, "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984). Though he was dogged for the remainder of his career with being identified by fans as Taylor or Cunningham, he did manage to reinvent himself as an Oscar-winning director of some of cinema's biggest commercial successes. Sometimes criticized for being overly sentimental and directing with a heavy hand, Howard nonetheless topped the box office on several occasions with films like "Splash" (1984), "Cocoon" (1985) and "Parenthood" (1989). By the time he directed the critically acclaimed and award-winning "Apollo 13" (1995), "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), Howard was in the upper echelon of directors working in Hollywood and his producing partnership with Brian Grazer one of the most successful in Hollywood delivering hits ranging from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) to the political drama "Frost/Nixon" (2008) to a fan's-eye view of the Beatles' touring years, "Eight Days A Week" (2016). When he produced one the most beloved and acclaimed TV comedy series of all time, "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06), he also conquered that medium, making Howard one of the most consistently successful filmmakers and TV producers of his generation. Howard entered another realm of filmmaking in 2017 when he took the helm of the stand-alone film about a young Han Solo, joining the "Star Wars" universe.

Born on March 1, 1954 in Duncan, OK, Howard was raised in a show biz household by his father, Rance, and his mother, Jean, both of whom were actors. Howard's career started early in life with his first professional appearance alongside his parents when he was just 18 months old. When he was six, Howard was cast as Opie, the personable son of widowed Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), on "The Andy Griffith Show." For eight seasons, America watched Howard grow up as Opie, who learned a series of typical life lessons that were taught to him by his caring, but sometimes exacerbated father. Though occasionally getting himself into mild trouble, Opie always managed to emerge unscathed and sometimes with a new outlook on life, thanks to "his paw." Prior to his Mayberry run, Howard made his feature debut in "The Journey" (1959), starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. He continued working in features during breaks in television production, singing "Gary, Indiana" in "The Music Man" (1962), playing the son of another widowed father (Glenn Ford) in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1963), and playing a child genius who develops a potion that turns a group of teenagers into giants in "Village of the Giants" (1965).

After departing his charmingly rustic fictional hometown of Mayberry, NC in 1968, Howard embarked on a minor feature career that contained a few bright spots; most notably as Steve Bolander, a college-bound teenager desperate to leave his hometown, in "American Graffiti" (1973), George Lucas' landmark slice of early-1960s Americana about a group of high school graduates dealing with life decisions on their last night of summer. Playing Steve Bolander led to another iconic television gig as Richie Cunningham, the all-American boy-next-door of the popular faux-1950s sitcom "Happy Days." During his six season run on the show, Howard reached the height of his visibility, thanks to the popularity of both "Happy Days" and "American Graffiti," as well as "The Andy Griffith Show" going into syndication. In fact, so famous were Richie Cunningham and The Fonz (Henry Winkler), that appearances at malls could attract upwards of 20,000 screaming fans. But when it became apparent that audiences were more crazed about The Fonz, Howard - who was and remained close friends with Winkler - realized his time on the show was limited. So when, in 1980, his contract ended, he left the show to chart a different course.

Howard continued to thrive on the big screen during "Happy Days," making his mark in a memorable supporting role as the son of a widowed Lauren Bacall who falls under the influence of a dying gunfighter (John Wayne) in "The Shootist" (1976). Howard was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, then one statue at the same awards two years later for playing Richie Cunningham. But by this time, he had his sights on becoming a director, finally making his debut at the age of 23, after convincing schlock indie producer Roger Corman to give him a shot. Corman agreed, but only if Howard starred in the film. The result was "Grand Theft Auto" (1977), an action comedy that featured tons of car chases and explosions, but not much else. Howard did, however, manage to turn a profit, allowing him to continue directing, which he did with "Cotton Candy" (NBC, 1978), a movie-of-the-week about a group of high school misfits who form a rock band, filmed from a script he co-wrote with brother and character actor, Clint Howard. He then directed "Skyward" (NBC, 1980), an ode to the golden age of television about an aging barnstormer (Bette Davis) helping a paraplegic girl (Suzy Gilstrap) realize her dream of flying.

After reviving Steve Bolander for "More American Graffiti" (1979), and starring in a few made-for-television movies like "Fire on the Mountain" (NBC, 1981) and "Bitter Harvest" (NBC, 1981), Howard was more or less done with acting. He then made an indelible mark with his second feature, "Night Shift" (1982), a wacky comedy about two morgue attendants (Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton) who run a prostitution racket with the help of a freewheeling hooker (Shelley Long). Aside from marking Howard's first successful studio gig, "Night Shift" featured the first collaboration between the director and ambitious producer Brian Glazer, as well as with "Happy Days" writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. With another success under his belt, Howard helped launch the career of another star, Tom Hanks, with "Splash" (1984), a romantic fantasy about a man (Hanks) who falls in love with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah). A huge success for Disney's new Touchstone division, "Splash" cemented Howard's dream of becoming a full-fledged director, though his other dream of erasing the public memories of Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham seemed next to impossible.

Howard enjoyed another big box office success, directing veteran actor Don Ameche to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar with "Cocoon" (1985), a Spielbergian sci-fi fantasy about three elderly Florida retirees (Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn) who discover the fountain of youth in the form of alien pods at the bottom of their retirement home's swimming pool. He then reunited with newly minted star Michael Keaton for "Gung Ho" (1986), an above-average comedy about an energetic mover-and-shaker (Keaton) who tries to save an automobile assembly factory from closing its doors by allowing the more stringent Japanese to take over. Meanwhile, during the previous year, Howard and Grazer formed Imagine Films Entertainment, which went public the same year "Gung Ho" was released. After making a brief return to acting by reprising Opie Taylor in the made-for-television special, "Return to Mayberry" (NBC, 1986), Howard tried his hand at an overblown fantasy with "Willow" (1988), a lavish George Lucas-produced fairy tale populated with elves, trolls and a gallant hero (Val Kilmer), which suffered from high expectations, low box office returns and a widespread critical drubbing.

Despite the failure of "Willow," the tone and style of a Howard-directed film was firmly in place. Much as his success as a child actor helped extend the cozy, sweet aura of mainstream film and television; his features relied on old genre formulas with strong, clear-cut stories, feel-good optimism and a playful whimsy that contrasted with the grimmer, more violent edge of contemporary mainstream cinema. This paradigm was on full display with his next feature, "Parenthood" (1989), a smart, funny and well-received comedy about the unending joys and frustrations of raising children, as seen through four siblings (including Steve Martin and Dianne Wiest) with their own semi-dysfunctional families. A big success with both critics and audiences, "Parenthood" deftly combined heartwarming sentimentality with salacious humor. Howard next directed perhaps one of the best films about firefighters of all time, "Backdraft" (1991), a visually stunning, but somewhat overly-sentimental look at a group of Chicago fireman, including two rival brothers (Kurt Russell and William Baldwin), battling a series of arsons investigated by a dogged expert (Robert De Niro). Another moderate financial success for the director, "Backdraft" also proved its cultural significance by spawning a ride at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

After a number of very successful features, Howard and Grazer felt that Imagine was not paying them their street value. So in 1992, they announced plans to leave Imagine for a joint venture at Universal. Their action horrified stockholders, who consequently allowed Howard and Grazer to renegotiate their deal so that Imagine could lend them the money to buy out the company. By 1993, Imagine was a privately-owned entity with Howard and Grazer serving as co-CEOs. Meanwhile, Howard directed his first historical romance, "Far and Away" (1992), a would-be epic starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as two turn-of-the-century Irish immigrants who flee their homeland to settle in the American West, where they face all manner of hardships while trying to claim their part of the Oklahoma land rush of 1893. Though immensely proud of this film, "Far and Away" proved to be Howard's first true critical and box office failure. He received more positive notices, however, for "The Paper" (1994), a somewhat sentimentalized comedy-drama about tabloid journalism, as seen through the eyes of a workaholic metro editor (Michael Keaton) at a daily New York City tabloid struggling to balance work and his family.

Howard reached new heights with his next film, "Apollo 13" (1995), the true-to-life drama about the doomed 1970 NASA lunar mission that suffered a potentially fatal loss of oxygen, and the efforts of the crew and ground support to avert potential tragedy. Eschewing archival footage, Howard and his team recreated the time and place in perfect detail, from the interior of the capsule to the command center in Houston to the 1970s decor of the astronaut's homes. With a strong cast that included Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris and Kathleen Quinlan, "Apollo 13" earned critical kudos and a healthy take at the box office. Indeed, Academy members were suitably impressed and rewarded the film with nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Surprisingly, Howard was omitted from the Best Director category; an oversight that the Directors Guild of America rectified in part by granting him its Director of the Year award. Meanwhile, Howard continued the space theme, collaborating with Hanks as a producer on the Emmy-winning miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998), which traced the history of the Apollo missions from their inception in 1961 through the triumphant 1969 moon landing to the end of the project in the early 1970s. The project was hailed by critics and earned an Emmy Award and Golden Globe for best miniseries.

For his next three big screen projects, Howard adapted previously produced material, adding his own spin to the films. "Ransom" (1996) was a remake of a 1956 thriller featuring Mel Gibson and Rene Russo as a wealthy married couple whose son (Brawley Nolte) is kidnapped. Somewhat of a departure for Howard, "Ransom" was his first stab at darker material, and though the results were a mixed bag, the film signaled a desire to stretch his wings. Next was "EDtv" (1999), based on the French-Canadian movie "Louis XIX: Roi des Ondes" (1993), which had the interesting premise of a man being followed by television cameras seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, "The Truman Show" (1998) had already covered the same ground more compellingly. In comparison, "EDtv" was less adventurous. The third film, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000), earned Howard some of the worst notices of his career, even though it proved to be his biggest hit then to date. Competing with the classic television cartoon that was also based on the children's book, the film was a grandly produced affair, with spectacular sets, eye-popping costumes and quirky makeup. Howard's film was also graced with the manic energy of Jim Carrey as the green-furred anti-hero. While critics found the effort ponderous, viewers flocked to screenings, pushing its cumulative box office gross to over $260 million.

Looking to re-establish his bona fides, Howard turned his attention to "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), the story of mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Russell Crowe), who struggled to overcome schizophrenia with the help of his devoted wife (Jennifer Connelly), only to win a Nobel Prize. Garnering as much controversy as acclaim, however, the film earned loud objections for taking liberties with the facts, leading Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to concede that they made a fictionalized account of Nash's life. Having received eight Oscar nods, the film ultimately took home four awards, including Howard's first for Best Director. The director's next outing, "The Missing" (2003), starred Cate Blanchett as a frontier woman who must team with her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones) to rescue her abducted daughter. Though it had its strengths, "The Missing" received mixed critical reviews and middling box office. As himself, he rejoined former cast mates for the well-rated reunion specials "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry" (2003) and "Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion" (2005). He then took on the role of the narrator for the critically acclaimed Fox sitcom "Arrested Development" (2003-06), which he and Grazer executive produced through Imagine, whose slate also included the mega-hit "24" (Fox, 2001-2010).

In 2005, Howard reunited with Russell Crowe for the largely well-received "Cinderella Man" (2005), the warm-hearted story of Depression-era fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock (Crowe), who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in a 15-round slugfest in 1935. Although Howard took some criticism for telling the tale with a degree of ham-handedness, the film was generally praised for its uplifting spirit and generated an Oscar nod for co-star Paul Giamatti. His next project, "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), adapted from Dan Brown's blockbuster book, was one of the most controversial and anticipated movies released in decades. Famed symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is called to the Louvre where the murder of a curator has left behind a trail of mysterious symbols and clues leading to a secret society that has spent the past 2,000 years guarding a secret that could bring Christianity to its knees. Even before its release, the Catholic Church urged the faithful to boycott the film because of its depiction of members of Opus Dei. In fact, the church wanted filmmakers to put a disclaimer before the movie stating that it was fiction, not fact - a demand Howard publicly refused.

Meanwhile, Howard served as producer on several projects, including "Curious George" (2006), an animated family comedy about the mischievous curiosity of a wide-eyed chimp, "How to Eat Fried Worms" (2006), a coming-of-age tale about an 11-year-old boy's first day at school, adapted from Thomas Rockwell's classic children's novel, and "American Gangster" (2006), a real-life telling of drug kingpin-turned-informant Frank Lucas and his efforts to aide lawman Richie Roberts in bringing down the crooked cops and foreign nationals running the heroin trade. On the small screen, Howard produced "Friday Night Lights" a one-hour television version of Peter Berg's well-received feature about the lives of high school football players in a rural Texas town. Despite low ratings, the show managed to survive several close calls with cancellation, thanks to dedicated fans. Howard returned to directing features with "Frost/Nixon" (2008), his well-received and compelling adaptation of Peter Morgan's hit play about the famed lead up and eventual interview between disgraced former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) and ill-liked British television journalist, David Frost (Michael Sheen) in 1977. For his work on the fascinating real-life drama, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Director.

For his next stint in the director's chair, Howard returned to best-selling author Dan Brown for the "Di Vinci Code" sequel "Angels & Demons" (2009), this time pitting Hanks against the mysterious group known as the Illuminati, who threaten to destroy the Vatican during its selection of a new Pope. Similar to his duties on "Friday Night Lights," he later executive produced "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010-2015), a dramedy series loosely based on his earlier film of the same name. In addition to co-producing the big-budget sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011), Howard directed the buddy comedy "The Dilemma" (2011), in which Vince Vaughn experiences a crisis of conscience after he discovers that the wife of his best friend (Kevin James) is having an affair. Reality tempered the joys of filmmaking, however, when Howard's friend and father-figure, Andy Griffith, died in July 2012. Recalling the lessons he learned from the elder actor and reflecting on Griffith's legacy, Howard stated, "His passing is sad. But he lived such a great rich life." On a happier note, fans were overjoyed by the resurrection of Howard and Grazer's "Arrested Development" (Netflix, 2013- ) for a fourth season to be aired on the media company's live-streaming application. Returning cast members included Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor, prompting devotees of the dysfunctional Bluth dynasty to once again hold out hope for a feature film adaptation. A fifth season was greenlighted in 2017. In the meantime, Howard returned to his love of fast cars with the Formula One biopic "Rush" (2013), written by "Frost/Nixon" scribe Peter Morgan. On a smaller scale, Howard directed the Jay-Z documentary "Made In America" (2013), focusing on the rapper and entrepreneur's music festival of the same name. Music fan Howard returned to the documentary form to pursue a passion project, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week" (2016), a chronicle of the band's touring years featuring new interviews with surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as fellow celebrity Beatlemaniacs telling their own tales of seeing the band live. After the historical action drama "In the Heart of the Sea" (2015), based on the real life whaling accident that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Howard finished a trilogy of films based on the novels of Dan Brown with "Inferno" (2016). In June 2017, it was announced that Ron Howard would step in as director of the Star Wars Universe film about a young Han Solo after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were removed from the project midway through principal photography after creative differences with producers.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Director
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016)
Director
Inferno (2016)
Director
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Director
Rush (2013)
Director
Budweiser Made in America (2012)
Director
The Dilemma (2011)
Director
Angels & Demons (2009)
Director
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Director
Cinderella Man (2005)
Director
The Missing (2003)
Director
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Director
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Director
Ed TV (1999)
Director
Ransom (1996)
Director
Apollo 13 (1995)
Director
The Paper (1994)
Director
Far And Away (1992)
Director
Backdraft (1991)
Director
Parenthood (1989)
Director
Willow (1988)
Director
Gung Ho (1986)
Director
Cocoon (1985)
Director
Splash (1984)
Director
Night Shift (1982)
Director
Skyward (1980)
Director
Cotton Candy (1978)
Director
Grand Theft Auto (1977)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Champs (2014)
Himself
Nash: The Documentary (2014)
Himself
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Voice
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Himself
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
Himself
Hancock (2008)
Tell Them Who You Are (2004)
Himself
Osmosis Jones (2001)
Voice
The Independent (2000)
Himself
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)
Narrator
The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)
Himself
Just One Step: The Great Peace March (1989)
Himself
Return to Mayberry (1986)
Fire on the Mountain (1981)
Bitter Harvest (1981)
Act of Love (1980)
Leon Cybulkowski
More American Graffiti (1979)
Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel (1978)
Himself
Grand Theft Auto (1977)
Eat My Dust! (1976)
Hoover Niebold
The Shootist (1976)
The First Nudie Musical (1975)
Huckleberry Finn (1975)
The Migrants (1974)
The Spikes Gang (1974)
Les Richter
Locusts (1974)
Donny Fletcher
American Graffiti (1973)
Happy Mother's Day... Love, George (1973)
Johnny
Smoke (1970)
Chris Fitch
Village of the Giants (1965)
Genius
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)
Eddie
The Music Man (1962)
Winthrop Paroo
The Journey (1959)
Billy Rhinelander
Frontier Woman (1956)

Writer (Feature Film)

Far And Away (1992)
From Story
Far And Away (1992)
Story By
Parenthood (1989)
From Story
Parenthood (1989)
Story By
Cotton Candy (1978)
Screenwriter
Grand Theft Auto (1977)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

You Can Choose Your Family (2018)
Executive Producer
The Dark Tower (2017)
Producer
Inferno (2016)
Producer
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016)
Producer
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Producer
The Good Lie (2014)
Producer
Rush (2013)
Producer
Budweiser Made in America (2012)
Producer
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Producer
Restless (2011)
Producer
The Dilemma (2011)
Producer
Angels & Demons (2009)
Producer
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Producer
Changeling (2008)
Producer
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
Producer
Curious George (2006)
Producer
Cinderella Man (2005)
Producer
The Alamo (2004)
Producer
The Missing (2003)
Producer
Stealing Harvard (2002)
Producer
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Producer
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Producer
Ed TV (1999)
Producer
Beyond the Mat (1999)
Producer
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Producer
The Chamber (1996)
Producer
Far And Away (1992)
Producer
Closet Land (1991)
Executive Producer
The 'Burbs (1989)
Producer
Clean & Sober (1988)
Executive Producer
Vibes (1988)
Executive Producer
Splash, Too (1988)
Executive Producer
No Man's Land (1987)
Executive Producer
Gung Ho (1986)
Executive Producer
Into Thin Air (1985)
Executive Producer
When Your Lover Leaves (1983)
Executive Producer
Leo and Loree (1980)
Executive Producer
Skyward (1980)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Nash: The Documentary (2014)
Other
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Other
Tell Them Who You Are (2004)
Other
The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)
Other
Just One Step: The Great Peace March (1989)
Other
Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel (1978)
Other

Director (Special)

Little Shots (1983)
Director
Through the Magic Pyramid (1981)
Director

Cast (Special)

John Ritter Remembered (2003)
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion (2003)
Himself
George Lucas: Creating an Empire (2002)
Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years (2002)
Intimate Portrait: Marion Ross (2002)
Happy Days (2001)
John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001)
Interviewee
Intimate Portrait: Cindy Williams (2001)
Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens -- A Life in Animation (2000)
Don Knotts: Nervous Laughter (2000)
Shirley Jones: Hollywood's Musical Mom (2000)
We All Dream of Oz (2000)
Interviewee
John Ford: An American Icon (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Jessica Tandy (1999)
Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act (1999)
Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son (1999)
Kurt Russell: Hollywood's Heavy Hitter (1999)
CBS: The First 50 Years (1998)
John Wayne: American Legend (1998)
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) 13th Annual Hall of Fame (1998)
Performer
Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies (1998)
Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery (1997)
Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero (1997)
Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero (1997)
Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out (1997)
Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy (1997)
Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial (1996)
Voice
The Roger Corman Special (1995)
The Making of Apollo 13 (1995)
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards (1995)
A Day With (1995)
Homeward Bound (1994)
Hollywood on Hollywood (1993)
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion (1993)
George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic (1993)
A Day in the Life of Hollywood (1992)
Hollywood Hotshots (1992)
The Happy Days Reunion (1992)
The Horror Hall of Fame II (1991)
Performer
Willow: The Making of an Adventure (1988)
Channel 99 (1988)
Himself
Anson and Lorrie (1981)
Battle of the Network Stars II (1977)
The Olivia Newton-John Show (1976)
Battle of the Network Stars I (1976)
Love and the Happy Days (1972)
Amanda Fallon (1972)
Cory Merlino
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
Opie Taylor--Andy'S Son
Mr. O'Malley (1959)
Barnaby Baxter

Producer (Special)

Smart Guys (1988)
Executive Producer
The Lone Star Kid (1986)
Executive Producer
The Lone Star Kid (1986)
Producer
No Greater Gift (1985)
Executive Producer
Little Shots (1983)
Executive Producer
Skyward Christmas (1981)
Executive Producer
Through the Magic Pyramid (1981)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Special)

Skyward Christmas (1981)
From Television Movie ("Skyward")

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

From the Earth to the Moon (1998)
Producer

Life Events

1956

Made stage acting debut at 18 months with parents in "The Seven Year Itch"; father Rance Howard directed production

1956

Appeared as a baby in "Frontier Woman," which featured his father

1958

Made TV acting debut on "Police Station"

1959

Had first feature acting role, at age four in "The Journey"

1959

Made TV series debut playing various characters on CBS sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"

1960

Portrayed Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS)

1962

Landed featured role in big screen adaptation of "The Music Man"

1963

Played Eddie in feature "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"

1965

Last film role for five years, "Village of the Giants"

1970

Resumed movie acting career in "Smoke"

1971

Made feature debut as director and co-writer at age 23 with "Grand Theft Auto"; also starred

1971

Played Bob Smith on ABC series "The Smith Family"; also starred Henry Fonda and Janet Blair

1973

Starred in George Lucas' groundbreaking teen film "American Graffiti"

1974

Cast as Richie Cunningham on long-running ABC sitcom, "Happy Days"; was a regular on the series for six years; left to pursue career as a filmmaker but returned for occasional appearances

1974

Delivered dramatic role in acclaimed TV production "The Migrants" (CBS)

1975

Played title role in ABC adaptation of "Huckleberry Finn"; also featured parents and brother in supporting parts

1976

Co-starred with John Wayne in elegiac Western "The Shootist"

1978

Made TV directing and screenwriting debut with NBC movie "Cotton Candy," co-written with brother Clint

1979

Reprised role in less successful sequel "More American Graffiti"

1980

TV producing debut, "Ron Howard's 'Skyward,'" about a paraplegic teen who yearns to pilot her own plane with Bette Davis in featured role; also directed

1980

Cast as a man who honors his brother's wishes by committing a mercy killing and then is tried for murder in NBC movie "Act of Love"

1980

Feature debut as executive producer, "Leo and Loree"

1982

Helmed breakthrough feature, "Night Shift"; first collaborations with producer Brian Grazer, writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and actor Michael Keaton; "Happy Days" co-star Henry Winkler also starred

1984

Directed hit romantic comedy "Splash," starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, and scripted by Mandel and Ganz

1985

Founded Imagine Films Entertainment with Brian Grazer

1986

Reprised signature childhood role of Opie Taylor in NBC reunion movie "Return to Mayberry," executive produced by Andy Griffith

1986

Took Imagine Films public

1987

First Imagine production, "Like Father Like Son"

1987

Was executive producer on short-lived CBS sitcom "Take Five"

1988

Had box office misfire with the cult fantasy "Willow"

1988

Executive produced TV sequel "Splash Too" (ABC)

1989

Enjoyed hit with genial comedy "Parenthood"

1990

Returned to TV as executive producer of short-lived NBC sitcom "Parenthood"

1991

Helmed action thriller "Backdraft," starring Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, and Donald Sutherland

1992

Announced he and Grazer were leaving Imagine for joint venture at Universal Pictures

1992

Teamed with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on box office disappointment "Far and Away"

1993

Bought out Imagine (with Grazer), making the company private again

1994

Helmed "The Paper," featuring an all-star cast including Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, and Marisa Tomei

1995

Directed fact-based drama about an aborted NASA mission to the moon "Apollo 13"; starred Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, and Gary Sinise

1996

Helmed "Ransom," a remake of 1956 film about a child kidnapping, starring Mel Gibson and Rene Russo

1997

Was executive producer of ABC sitcom "Hiller & Diller"

1998

Served as one of the producers of Emmy-winning HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"; Tom Hanks was driving force behind project, serving as executive producer, director, screenwriter, and co-star

1998

With partner Brian Grazer, was executive producer of ABC sitcom "Sports Night"

1998

With Grazer, executive produced highly touted drama series "Felicity" (The WB)

1999

Directed feature comedy "EDtv," starring Matthew McConaughey

1999

With Grazer and Eddie Murphy, served as executive producer of animated series "The PJs" (Fox, 1999-2000; The WB, 2000-01)

2000

Helmed live action version of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey in title role

2001

Directed Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind," a fictionalized biopic of Nobel Prize winner who overcame schizophrenia John Forbes Nash; received Golden Globe for Best Director and BAFTA nomination for Best Film

2001

Provided character voice of animated figure Tom Colonic in mixed media feature "Osmosis Jones"

2002

With Grazer, was producer of comedy feature "Stealing Harvard"

2003

Directed psychological thriller "The Missing," starring Cate Blanchett as a frontier woman who teams up with her estranged father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, to rescue her abducted daughter

2003

With partner Brian Grazer, was executive producer of Fox sitcom "Arrested Development"; also narrated series

2005

Re-teamed with Russell Crowe as director of "Cinderella Man," a true story of Depression-era fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock

2006

Directed Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon in film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code"

2008

Directed and produced feature adaption of Peter Morgan's play "Frost/Nixon," starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in title roles

2009

Re-teamed with Hanks for "Angels & Demons," the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel and sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"

2010

Executive produced updated version of 1989 film "Parenthood" for NBC

2011

Helmed "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, and Winona Ryder

2011

Co-produced biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2013

Was inducted into The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame

2015

Directed historical adventure "In the Heart of the Sea"

2018

Took over directing reins on "Solo: A Star Wars Story" after original helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired by Disney over creative differences

2018

Began lensing the documentary "Pavarotti"

Photo Collections

Village of the Giants - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Village of the Giants (1965). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Grand Theft Auto - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Grand Theft Auto (1977), starring Ron Howard. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

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Courtship Of Eddie's Father, The (1963) - Liquor Won't Solve Anything First evening with new housekeeper Mrs Livingston (Roberta Sherwood), learning Spanish, Glenn Ford as newly-widowed Tom doing fine, discussing Elizabeth (Shirley Jones) and plausibly dazzled by her first appearance, Ronny Howard (title character) delighted too, early in Vincente Minnelli’s The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father, 1963.
Courtship Of Eddie's Father, The (1963) - May I Borrow Your Son? Eddie (Ronny Howard) picks out Dollye (Stella Stevens) who, it turns out, needs a favor from his widower father Tom (Glenn Ford), on a visit to a Manhattan arcade in Vincente Minnelli's The Courtship of Eddie's Father, 1963.
Courtship of Eddie's Father, The (1963) - It's Indelible Newly-widowed dad Tom Corbett (Glenn Ford) has to locate his son Eddie (Ronny Howard) in the apartment on the first day back to school in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, 1963.
Cocoon (1985) - You Boys Still Trespassing? Florida retirement home pals Ben (Wilford Brimley) and Art (Don Ameche) observing daily business, then joining ailing Joe (Hume Cronyn) for mischief, early in director Ron Howard's hit Cocoon, 1985.
Cocoon (1985) - I'm In The Mood For Love Invigorated after their swim in the pool with the mystery ocean pods, Florida geezers Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn, in a hurry to see partners Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon and Maureen Stapleton, their Mahjong friend Herta Ware intrigued, early in Ron Howard's Cocoon, 1985.
Cocoon (1985) - Peeping Tom Charter boat captain Jack (Steve Guttenberg) feels creepy watching customer Kitty (Tahnee Welch) disrobe, then duly alarmed, her companion Walter (Brian Dennehy) trying to explain, Tyrone Power Jr. and Mike Nomad their silent colleagues, in Ron Howard's Cocoon, 1985.
Journey, The (1959) - Wanna Play War? Excepting one earlier shot, the feature debut of Jason Robards Jr., his character’s identity not quite revealed, except that he’s traveling with English aristocrat Deborah Kerr, who’s recognized by journalist Deverill (Robert Morley), then meeting American E.G. Marshall and family (sons Flip Mark and “Ronny” Howard, wife Anne Jackson), all stranded at the Budapest airport during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, in Anatole Litvak’s The Journey, 1959.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - Who's Big Brother? MIT scientist John Nash (Russell Crowe) has big thoughts when summoned by a general (Jesse Doran) to the Pentagon, Ed Harris making his first appearance as a spooky government agent, in director Ron Howard’s Best Picture winner, A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - The Prodigal Roommate 1947. socially inept new Princeton man John Nash (Russell Crowe) meets his roommate Charles (Paul Bettany) in director Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - What If No One Goes For The Blonde? John Nash (Russell Crowe) considers the odds when a beautiful blonde enters the college pub, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Jason Gray-Stanford and Josh Lucas his buddies, in director Ron Howard's simplification of Nash's Nobel Prize-winning notion in A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Beautiful Mind, A (2002) - A Number Of Solutions From writer Akiva Goldsman and director Ron Howard, an academic meet-cute, as scientist and reluctant professor John Nash (Russell Crowe) discovers MIT co-ed Alicia Larde (later Nash, Jennifer Connelly), in A Beautiful Mind, 2002.
Village Of The Giants (1965) - Call It Goo Mike (Tommy Kirk) and Nancy (Charla Doherty) had been making out when her little brother Genius (Ronny Howard) blew something up in the basement, wild results, early in Village Of The Giants, 1965.

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Family

Jean Howard
Mother
Actor. Died on September 2, 2000 at age 73.
Rance Howard
Father
Actor. Has appeared in most of Howard's films.
Clint Howard
Brother
Actor. Born in April 1959; has appeared in most of his brother's films; best known as the child lead of TV's "Gentle Ben" (CBS, 1967-69).
Bryce Dallas Howard
Daughter
Born c. 1981.
Jocelyn Carlyle Howard
Daughter
Twin; born c. 1985.
Paige Carlyle Howard
Daughter
Twin; born c. 1985.
Reed Howard
Son
Born c. 1987.

Companions

Cheryl Alley
Wife
Writer. Married on June 7, 1975; has appeared in most of her husband's films in non-speaking roles.

Bibliography

Notes

Not to be confused with British actor Ronald Howard, the son of actor-director Leslie Howard.

Three of Howard's four children are named for the places they were conceived: Bryce Dallas in Dallas; Paige Carlyle and Jocelyn Carlyle at the Hotel Carlyle in New York City. --From Premiere, April 1991.

"I've always believed that I'd do my best work from age 50 to 65. I told that to my brother Clint about 20 years ago. He looked at me and said, 'That means you're in store for a lot of sh---y movies.'" --Howard quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 1, 1994.

"I've always been involved in sort of pop entertainment. You live with a little bit of frustration that that kind of work is not taken as seriously as other kinds of work. I mean, there's great feedback, but yeah, sure, I was sort of legitimately categorized and types as the all-American guy." --Howard to Bernard Weinraub in The New York Times, November 12, 1996.

"Part of my code of life became defined by not fulfilling those cliches for people, which later included not being thrown in jail or being written up as a child actor on the rocks. I consciously wanted to avoid those cliches." --Howard quoted in the Daily News, March 21, 1999.

"Well, I would love every review to be glowing and I would like to win every award I can win. But I think I'm treated pretty fairly. I think there are certain people who don't like my stuff. And you just have to understand that." --Howard quoted in Newsday, March 24, 1999.

"For a long time, people thought of me as a TV actor dabbling in directing. Then they thought of me as a director who only did comedy ... Then I started making dramas, and people raised their eyebrows." --Howard quoted in New York Post, March 25, 1999.

"I learned to write in order to sign autographs at 5. People were asking me for my autograph on the first season of 'Andy Griffith' and my dad said, 'I guess you'll have to learn to sign your name. Printing won't work.'" --Ron Howard quoted by Stephen Schaefer in Boston Herald, March 26, 1999.

"One reason that I became a director was because I felt sort of suffocated at one point in my late teens -- "Happy Days" was a number one show at the time, and it was a teenage show to boot, so there was a real pop side to the fan base and the way they would react. That was about as intense as that can be -- being uncomfortable to go out Christmas shopping or to Disneyland or to the movies. I was getting ready to have an adult life." --Howard to Premiere, April 1999.

"Brian [Grazer]'s a much better producer than I am. ... Good producers need to roll their sleeves up in a way that I can be kind of timid about. The director in me doesn't want to step on another director's toes, but directors' toes need to a little stomping from time to time. Even mine. I depend on Brian for that with me." --Ron Howard quoted in Premiere, April 1999.

"My objective is to reach the point where no script written in this town has my name crossed off as a potential director." --Ron Howard quoted by Peter Bart in GQ, May 1999.

"As a director, this film was definitely the biggest challenge I've ever faced. "Apollo 13" was daunting. "Backdraft" was tricky, and I also learned a lot on "Willow", but "The Grinch" had a visual trick in almost every shot. Still, I don't like to be too blatant with those tricks, and I don't like the photography and the stylistic choices to overtake and overpower the characters. ..." --Ron Howard on directing "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" quoted in American Cinematographer, November 2000.

"For a long time I was trying to display unexpected range. That was much more of an issue. But in the last four or five years, I kind of worked in all the genres I expect I ever will work in. There was a certain turning point." --Ron Howard to New York, December 17, 2001.

"Of course I'm vain, but in my day-to-day living in the East, I'm not encountering people in the business unless I specifically come to work. And I think there's something very liberating about that, being constantly reminded that even if what you're doing is important to you, it's not the be-all and end-all. When you're in L.A., it's the be-all and end-all." --Howard on living on the East Coast to New York, December 17, 2001.

"Everybody wants their films to be appreciated and respected at every level," he says. "Of course, I hope 'A Beautiful Mind' is accepted in that way. I wish I'd been nominated and won for 'Apollo 13.' I'd be lying if I didn't say that. But I don't know what factors go into what is an impossible choice to begin with. It's never [comparing] apples to apples anyway--God knows what colors those choices." --Howard on the Oscars, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Janaury 4, 2002.

"Joh Huston directed until he dropped. That's what I wan to do." --Howard quoted in Premiere, February 2002