Ronald William Howard is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest-starring in several television series, including an episode of The Twilight Zone. He gained national attention for playing young Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 through 1968. During this time, he also appeared in the musical film The Music Man, a critical and commercial success. He was credited as Ronny Howard in his films from 1959 to 1973. Howard was cast in one of the lead roles in the coming-of-age film American Graffiti, which received widespread acclaim and became one of the most profitable films of all time. The following year, Howard became a household name for playing Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days, a role he would play from 1974 through 1980.
|Born:||Ronald William Howard, March 1, 1954, Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Education:||John Burroughs High School|
|Alma mater:||University of Southern California|
|Occupation:||Actor, director, producer, screenwriter|
|Children:||4, including Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard|
|Parent(s):||Rance Howard, Jean Speegle Howard|
|Relatives:||Clint Howard (brother)|
|Twitter:||Ron Howard's Twitter profile|
|Instagram:||Ron Howard's Instagram profile|
|Facebook:||Ron Howard's Facebook profile|
|IMDb:||Ron Howard's IMDb|
About Ron Howard
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.
He studied film at the University of Southern California, but dropped out before graduating.
He served as executive producer and narrator on the popular comedy series Arrested Development.
He married Cheryl Howard on June 7, 1975, and they have four children together. His daughter Bryce Dallas Howard became a successful actress.
He and producer Brian Grazer co-founded the movie and TV production company Imagine Entertainment in 1986. On top of producing Howard's directorial endeavors, the company has also produced the TV series 24, Friday Night Lights, and Empire and the movies 8 Mile, Inside Man, and American Gangster, amongst many other projects.
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