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Ron Howard

Ron was born in Oklahoma, into an acting family - his father, Rance Howard, had realized a boyhood dream of acting by attending the University of Oklahoma and majoring in drama, and his mother, Jean Speegle Howard, went through acting school in New York. The family surname had been changed from "Beckenholdt" to "Howard" several years before Ron was born.Ron 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.

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Mar 1, 1954 In Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series The Queen Latifah Show 2013

Won 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 61 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Happy Days
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
The Great Escape Unknown 2012-06-24
America in Primetime Opie, The Andy Griffith Show / ... 3 episodes, 2011 2011-10-30
Parenthood Unknown 2010-03-02
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
Curious George Unknown 2006-09-04
The Inside Unknown 2005-06-08
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Arrested Development Narrator / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019 2003-11-02
Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
The PJs Unknown 1999-01-10
Sports Night Unknown 1998-09-22
From the Earth to the Moon Unknown 1998-04-05
Felicity Unknown 1998-09-29
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Everybody Loves Raymond Unknown 1996-09-13
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
20/20 Unknown 1978-06-06
Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Happy Days Richie Cunningham / ... 170 episodes, 1974-1984 1974-01-15
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Land of the Giants Unknown 1968-09-22
The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
I Spy Unknown 1965-09-15
Gomer Pyle: USMC Unknown 1964-09-25
Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor 239 episodes, 1960-1968 1960-10-03
Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12
The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10