|Height:||175 cm (5' 9'')|
|Birth Day:||March 1, 1954|
|Birth Place:||Duncan, United States|
Director, producer, and actor who first became known as Andy Griffith's son Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and also played teenager Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. His 2001 film A Beautiful Mind received the Academy Award for Best Picture and earned Howard the Academy Award for Best Director. He also directed the films Apollo 13 and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
|#1||Clint Howard||Brother||$4 Million||N/A||61||Actor|
|#3||Paige Howard||Daughter||$2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||35||Actor|
|#4||Bryce Dallas Howard||Daughter||$25 million (2020)||N/A||39||Actor|
|#5||Rance Howard||Father||$6 Million||N/A||89||Actor|
|#6||Theodore Norman Howard-Gabel||Grandchildren||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#7||Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel||Grandchildren||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#8||William Allen Speegle||Grandfather||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#10||Carrie Melissa Freeman||Great-grandmother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#11||Jean Speegle Howard||Mother||$6 Million (Approx.)||N/A||73||Actor|
|#14||Beatrice Jean Howard- Gabel||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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He studied film at the University of Southern California, but dropped out before graduating.
Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1954, the elder son of Jean Speegle Howard (1927–2000), an actress, and Rance Howard (1928–2017), a director, writer, and actor. He has German, English, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. His father was born with the surname "Beckenholdt" and took the stage name "Howard" in 1948 for his acting career. Rance Howard was serving three years in the United States Air Force at the time of Ron's birth. The family moved to Hollywood in 1958, the year before the birth of his younger brother Clint Howard. They rented a house on the block south of the Desilu Studios, where The Andy Griffith Show was later filmed. They lived in Hollywood for at least three years, before moving to Burbank.
In 1959, Howard had his first credited film role, in The Journey. He appeared in June Allyson's CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson in the episode "Child Lost"; in The Twilight Zone episode "Walking Distance"; a few episodes of the first season of the sitcom Dennis the Menace, as Stewart, one of Dennis's friends; and several first- and second-season episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Howard played "Timmy" (uncredited) in "Counterfeit Gun", Season 4, Episode 2 (1960) of the TV series, "The Cheyenne Show."
In 1960, Howard was cast as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show. Credited as "Ronny Howard", he portrayed the son of the title character (played by Andy Griffith) for all eight seasons of the show. Recalling his experiences as a child actor on set, he commented
In the 1962 film version of The Music Man, Howard played Winthrop Paroo, the child with the lisp; the film starred Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. He also starred in the 1963 film The Courtship of Eddie's Father, with Glenn Ford.
He appeared as Barry Stewart on The Eleventh Hour in 1965; on I Spy, in the episode "Little Boy Lost", in 1966; as Henry Fonda's son in an ABC series, The Smith Family, in 1968; as Jodah, in "Land of the Giants", in 1969; as a boy whose father was shot, on the TV show "Daniel Boone", in 1971–72; and as an underage Marine on M*A*S*H in the episode "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", in 1973. In the 1970s, he appeared in at least one episode of The Bold Ones, as a teenage tennis player with an illness.
Howard appeared on the 1969 Disneyland Records album The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion. It featured the story of two teenagers, Mike (Howard) and Karen (Robie Lester), who get trapped inside the Haunted Mansion. Thurl Ravenscroft plays the Narrator, Pete Reneday plays the Ghost Host, and Eleanor Audley plays Madame Leota. Some of the effects and ideas that were planned but never permanently made it to the attraction are mentioned here: the Raven speaks in the Stretching Room, and the Hatbox Ghost is mentioned during the Attic scene. It was reissued in 1998 as a cassette tape titled A Spooky Night in Disney's Haunted Mansion and on CD in 2009.
Howard played Steve Bolander in George Lucas' coming-of-age film American Graffiti in 1973. A role in an installment of series Love, American Style, titled "Love and the Television Set", led to his being cast as Richie Cunningham in the TV series Happy Days (for syndication, the segment was re-titled "Love and the Happy Days"). Beginning in 1974, he played the likeable "buttoned-down" boy, in contrast to Henry Winkler's "greaser" Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli. On the Happy Days set, he developed an on- and off-screen chemistry with series leads Winkler and Tom Bosley. The three remained friends until Bosley's death in October 2010.
In 1974, Howard guest-starred as Seth Turner, the best friend of Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley), in The Waltons, "The Gift". In the episode, Seth wants to learn to play an instrument in his father's band, but it looks as if he will not have the time; he has been diagnosed with leukemia. The concept of death – and the unfairness of it all – is an extremely difficult one for Jason to accept, and it is up to Grandpa to help the boy through this crisis. Featured in the cast as Dr. McIvers is Ron Howard's father Rance Howard.
Howard married writer Cheryl Alley (born 1953) on June 7, 1975. They have four children: daughters Bryce Dallas Howard (born 1981), twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard (born 1985), and son Reed Cross (born 1987).
In 1976, Howard played Gillom Rogers in the movie The Shootist, with John Wayne's final screen performance. Howard's last significant on-screen role was a reprise of his famous role as Opie Taylor in the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry, an Andy Griffith Show reunion reuniting him with Griffith, Don Knotts, and most of the cast. He also appeared in two Happy Days TV reunions: 1992's The Happy Days Reunion Special, a retrospective hosted by Winkler that aired on ABC; and 2005's The Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion, co-produced by Winkler, where he was again reunited with most of the surviving cast.
Howard left Happy Days just before the start of its eighth season in 1980 when he was offered a contract to direct television movies for NBC, an arrangement that required Howard to remain exclusive with the network for one year. Howard returned to the show for a guest appearance in November 1983, which allowed a proper send-off for Ritchie Cunningham, whose absence had been explained by having him join the U.S Army and ship off to Greenland. Howard also returned for the series finale in May of 1984, the latter marking one of his last acting roles.
Before leaving Happy Days in 1980, Howard made his directing debut with the 1977 low-budget comedy/action film Grand Theft Auto, based on a script he co-wrote with his father, Rance. This came after cutting a deal with Roger Corman, wherein Corman let Howard direct a film in exchange for Howard starring in Eat My Dust!, with Christopher Norris. Howard went on to direct several TV movies for NBC between 1978 and 1982, including the 1982 TV movie, Skyward, starring Bette Davis. His big directorial break came in 1982, with Night Shift, featuring Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, and Henry Winkler.
As part of Imagine Entertainment, he appeared in a 1997 print ad for Milk – Where's your mustache?, in which he wore a cap for Imagine Entertainment and sported a milk mustache. Earlier versions show a younger Ronny Howard on the other side.
Howard showcased the world premiere of his film Frost/Nixon at the 2008 London Film Festival in October 2008.
In 2009, he appeared in the Jamie Foxx music video "Blame It".
In July 2012, it was announced that Imagine had put into development Conquest for Showtime, a period drama based on the 16th century conquest of the Aztecs by Spanish Conquistadors. To be directed by Howard, the series was originally planned as a feature film before it was decided that the project was more suited to television.
In November 2017, Howard announced that he would be teaching his first directing class.
Howard took over directing duties on Solo: A Star Wars Story, a film featuring Star Wars character Han Solo in his younger years. The film was released on May 23, 2018. Howard officially replaced directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on June 22, 2017; they were let go from their position two days earlier, reportedly due to their refusal to compromise with Lucasfilm over the direction of the film; reportedly the directors encouraged significant improvisations by the actors, which was believed by some at Lucasfilm to be "shifting the story off-course". At the time, the film was nearly completed, with three and a half weeks left to film and another five weeks of reshoots scheduled. Howard posted on Twitter, "I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."
Howard is currently scheduled to direct the film Thirteen Lives, about the Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018. Afterwards, he will direct a biopic of pianist Lang Lang.
Currently, Ron Howard is 67 years, 3 months and 21 days old. Ron Howard will celebrate 68th birthday on a Tuesday 1st of March 2022.
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