Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is a director and producer as well as an actor. Howard came to prominence in the 1960s while playing Andy Griffith's TV son, Opie Taylor, on The Andy Griffith Show (credited as Ronny Howard), and later in the 1970s as Howard Cunningham's son and Arthur Fonzarelli's best friend, Richie Cunningham, on Happy Days (a role he played from 1974 to 1980). Since retiring from acting, he has directed many films including Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon and the upcoming sequel to the The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons.
His last significant on-screen role was when he reprised his famous role as Opie Taylor in the 1986 TV reunion movie Return to Mayberry reuniting him with Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and most of the old cast.
He has since directed a number of high-visibility films, including Splash, Parenthood, Cocoon, Apollo 13 (nominated for nine Academy Awards and winning two), A Beautiful Mind (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director), Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code.
Howard's younger brother, Clint, has minor roles in most of his movies.
Ron Howard will showcase the world premiere of his newest film, Frost/Nixon at the 2008 London Film Festival in October, 2008.
Through his company Imagine Television, Howard continues to have a presence in television, most recently as the executive producer and uncredited narrator of the critically acclaimed FOX sitcom Arrested Development. The show, despite having won six Emmy awards and near-unanimous praise from critics, did not enjoy high ratings and was limited by Fox Television in 2006 due to FOX scheduling the show opposite major events on other stations. A series finale took place in February 2006, but Howard, on-screen for the first time in the show, suggested a movie version may be in the works. In February 2008, Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman confirmed that a movie is, in fact, going to be made with a possible 2009 release. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz is writing the screenplay, while Howard is rumored to direct.
In the June 2006 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Ron Howard was asked, "What do you consider your greatest achievement?" He replied, "Forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life."
When he hosted Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, Eddie Murphy called him "Opie Cunningham". In the South Park episode, "Ginger Kids", Cartman asks a crowd of fellow gingers to name great Americans with the hair color, the first and only name they can think of is "Ron Howard", and when asked to name a second, one responds "Ron Howard" again.
On a VH1 special about the 100 greatest child stars, many of the interviewees considered Ron Howard to be the most successful child star of all-time, considering his two major television acting roles and his directing career. In Season 1, Episode 3 of Stroker and Hoop on Adult Swim, Stroker and Hoop ran a detective agency whose first client needed them to make Ron Howard stop controlling his mind.
|Year||Title||No. of Oscar nominations||No. of Oscar wins|
|Deed of Daring-Do|
|Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death|
|1976||Eat My Dust|
|1977||Grand Theft Auto|
|1992||Far and Away|
|2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||3||1|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind||8||4|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code|
|2009||Angels & Demons|
|The Serpent and the Eagle|
|The Emperor's Children|
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