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Ron Howard

Howard in 2008 during filming of Angels & Demons in Rome.
Personal information
Birth nameRonald William Howard
Birth dateMarch 1, 1954(age 56)
Place of birthDuncan, Oklahoma, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, director
SpouseCheryl Alley (1975 � present)

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Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director and producer, as well as an actor. Howard came to prominence in the 1960s while playing the son of sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith), 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 (played by Tom Bosley and Henry Winkler respectively), Richie Cunningham, on Happy Days (a role he played from 1974 to 1980). Since retiring from acting, he has directed many films including Splash, Cocoon, Backdraft, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.

In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

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Vince Vaughn 'glad' Ron Howard decided to keep 'Dilemma's' controversial 'gay ... - New York Daily News Tweet this news
New York Daily News--Vince Vaughn is 'glad' -Ron Howard-, director of 'The Dilemma,' decided to keep the controversial 'gay' joke in his film. -Ron Howard's-. ... - Date : Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:28:28 GMT+00:00
Ron Howard won't pull gay joke from 'Dilemma' - New York Post Tweet this news
New York Post--“Hopefully in the future, Universal and -Ron Howard- will recognize the power of their words and use their films to bring people together rather than drive us ... - Date : Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:50:39 GMT+00:00
Ron Howard Defends Gay Joke's Inclusion in Film - ABC News Tweet this news
ABC News--Filmmaker -Ron Howard- has come out in defense of his decision to keep a joke that has been deemed offensive by pundits and a gay rights group ... - Date : Sat, 30 Oct 2010 21:43:23 GMT+00:00
Rant: GLAAD No Longer Fighting For Equal Rights - Cinema Blend Tweet this news
Cinema Blend--This latest protest comes hot on the heels of the -Ron Howard- situation, in which GLAAD demanded the director remove a gay joke not only from the trailer but ... - Date : Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:11:04 GMT+00:00
'Gay' stays: Ron Howard - New York Post Tweet this news
New York Post--Director -Ron Howard- says he won't yank a line from his upcoming comedy, "The Dilemma," that has star Vince Vaughn uttering the line: ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 11:21:28 GMT+00:00
Right on: Ron Howard refuses to edit gay joke out of The Dilemma - Westword (blog) Tweet this news
Westword (blog)---...- along with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, are going after Vince Vaughn's now-infamous gay joke in the movie itself, demanding that director -Ron Howard- cut ... - Date : Tue, 02 Nov 2010 22:39:11 GMT+00:00
Ron Howard Won't Remove Gay Joke From 'The Dilemma': Should He? [Poll] - (blog) Tweet this news (blog)--Despite the controversy recently stirred up by a gay joke in the trailer for his upcoming Vince Vaughn-Kevin James comedy "The Dilemma," -Howard- is sticking ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 20:27:56 GMT+00:00
DARK TOWER Release Set - Mania Tweet this news
Mania--Just a month or so after Universal and director -Ron Howard- officially confirmed their plans to adapt The Dark Tower saga into both the theaters and ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 15:27:23 GMT+00:00
Zach Galifianakis smokes pot on 'Bill Maher Show'; Ron Howard says gay joke ... - Washington Post Tweet this news
Washington Post--Pop Culture Mix: -Ron Howard- responds to "Dilemma" controversy, says gay joke will stay in the movie... Filmmaker George Hickenlooper -- who was poised for ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:19:54 GMT+00:00
Set Preview: Ron Howard, Jennifer Connelly get 'Midestern bad-ass' in 'The ... - HitFix Tweet this news
HitFix--That's the way -Ron Howard- wants it. And as serious as the name indicates, the veteran director is tackling his characters' quandaries with comedy. ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:24:36 GMT+00:00

Directorial : Films
Year Title Oscar nominations Oscar wins Notes
1969 Old Paint Short film
Deed of Daring-Do Short film
Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death Short film
1977 Grand Theft Auto Also writer
1982 Night Shift
1984 Splash 1
1985 Cocoon 2 2
1986 Gung Ho Also executive producer
1988 Willow 2
1989 Parenthood 2 Also writer
1991 Backdraft 3
1992 Far and Away Also writer/producer
1994 The Paper 1
1995 Apollo 13 9 2
1996 Ransom
1999 EDtv Also producer
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 3 1 Also producer
2001 A Beautiful Mind 8 4 Also producer
2003 The Missing Also producer
2005 Cinderella Man 3 Also producer
2006 The Da Vinci Code Also producer
2008 Frost/Nixon 5 Also producer
2009 Angels & Demons Also producer
2011 The Dilemma
2013 The Dark Tower

: Television
Year Film Notes
1978 Cotton Candy Writer/Director
1980 Skyward Director/Executive producer
1981 Through the Magic Pyramid Director/Executive producer
1983 Littleshots Director
1987 Take Five Director/Executive producer
2003 Arrested Development Executive producer
2010 Parenthood Executive producer only

Acting : Film
Year Film Role Notes
1959 The Journey Billy Rhinelander as Ronny Howard
1961 Door-to-Door Maniac Bobby as Ronnie Howard
1962 The Music Man Winthrop Paroo as Ronny Howard
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Eddie as Ronny Howard
1965 Village of the Giants Genius as Ronny Howard
1970 The Wild Country Virgil as Ronny Howard
1973 American Graffiti Steve Bolander as Ronny Howard
Happy Mother's Day, Love George Johnny
1974 The Spikes Gang Les Richter
1975 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1976 The First Nudie Musical Auditioning actor uncredited
Eat My Dust Hoover Niebold
The Shootist Gillom Rogers Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor � Motion Picture
1977 Grand Theft Auto Sam Freeman
1979 More American Graffiti Steve Bolander
1982 Night Shift Annoying Sax Player/Boy Making out with Girlfriend in Front of Chuck's Apartment uncredited
1992 The Magical World of Chuck Jones Himself documentary
1998 One Vision Himself documentary
Welcome to Hollywood Himself
2000 The Independent Himself
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Whoville Townsperson uncredited
2001 Osmosis Jones Tom Colonic (voice)
A Beautiful Mind Man at Governor's Ball uncredited
2004 Tell Them Who You Are Himself documentary
2007 In the Shadow of the Moon Himself documentary

: Television
Year Title Role Notes
1959 Johnny Ringo Ricky Parrot 1 episode
The Twilight Zone The Wilcox Boy Episode "Walking Distance"
1959 � 1960 The June Allyson Show Wim "Child Lost"
(as Ronny Howard)
Dennis the Menace Stewart 5 episodes, 1959 � 1960
1959 � 1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis various roles 4 episodes
(as Ronny Howard)
General Electric Theater various roles 2 episodes
1960 Make Room for Daddy Opie Taylor "Danny Meets Andy Griffith"
Cheyenne Timmy "Counterfeit Gun"
Pete and Gladys Tommy "The Goat Story"
1960 � 1968 The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor 209 episodes
(as Ronny Howard)
1962 Route 66 Chet "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat"
(as Ronny Howard)
The New Breed Tommy Simms "So Dark the Night"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Barry Stewart "Is Mr. Martian Coming Back?"
(as Ronny Howard)
1964 The Great Adventure Daniel Waterhouse "Plague"
(as Ronny Howard)
Dr. Kildare Jerry Prentice "A Candle in the Window"
(as Ronny Howard)
The Fugitive Gus "Cry Uncle"
1965 The Big Valley Tommy "Night of the Wolf"
(as Ronny Howard)
1966 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Opie Taylor "Opie Joins the Marines"
(as Ronny Howard)
1966 I Spy Alan Loden "Little Boy Lost"
1967 The Monroes Timothy Prescott "Teaching the Tiger to Purr"
(as Ronny Howard)
Gentle Ben Jody Cutler "Green-Eyed Bear"
(as Ronny Howard)
A Boy Called Nuthin Richie `Nuthin'´ Caldwell (as Ronny Howard)
1968 Mayberry R.F.D. Opie Taylor "Andy and Helen Get Married"
(as Ronny Howard)
The F.B.I. Jess Orkin "The Runaways"
(as Ronny Howard)
1969 Judd for the Defense Phil Beeton "Between the Dark and the Daylight"
(as Ronny Howard)
Daniel Boone Luke "A Man Before His Time"
(as Ronny Howard)
1968 � 1969 Lancer Various roles 2 episodes
(as Ronny Howard)
1969 Gunsmoke Jamie "Charlie Noon"
(as Ronny Howard)
Land of the Giants Jodar "Genus At Work"
(as Ronny Howard)
1970 Smoke Chris (as Ronny Howard)
The Headmaster Tony Landis "Will the Real Mother of Tony Landis Please Stand Up?"
Lassie Gary "Gary Here Comes Glory" Part 1 & 2
(as Ronny Howard)
1971 � 1972 The Smith Family Bob Smith 39 episodes
1972 Love, American Style Richard 'Richie' Cunningham "Love and the Happy Days"
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Cory Merlino "Discovery at Fourteen"
(as Ronny Howard)
1973 M*A*S*H Private Walter/ Wendell Peterson "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
(as Ronny Howard)
1974 The Waltons Seth Turner "The Gift"
The Migrants Lyle Barlow
Locusts Donny Fletcher
1974 � 1984 Happy Days Richard 'Richie' Cunningham 171 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
1975 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1976 I'm a Fool Andy
1976 � 1979 Laverne & Shirley Richard 'Richie' Cunningham 2 episodes
1980 Act of Love Leon Cybulkowski
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Richard 'Richie' Cunningham (voice)
"King for a Day"
1981 Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries
Fire on the Mountain Lee Mackie
1983 When Your Lover Leaves (uncredited)
1986 Return to Mayberry Opie Taylor
1999 Frasier Stephen voice
"Good Samaritan"
2003 � 2006 Arrested Development Narrator (uncredited)

Films directed by Ron Howard

1970sGrand Theft Auto (1977)
1980sNight Shift (1982) * Splash (1984) * Cocoon (1985) * Gung Ho (1986) * Willow (1988) * Parenthood (1989)
1990sBackdraft (1991) * Far and Away (1992) * The Paper (1994) * Apollo 13 (1995) * Ransom (1996) * EDtv (1999)
2000sHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) * A Beautiful Mind (2001) * The Missing (2003) * Cinderella Man (2005) * The Da Vinci Code (2006) * Frost/Nixon (2008) * Angels & Demons (2009)
2010sCheaters (2011)

Academy Award for Best Director

Ron Howard (2001) * Roman Polanski (2002) * Peter Jackson (2003) * Clint Eastwood (2004) * Ang Lee (2005) * Martin Scorsese (2006) * Joel Coen / Ethan Coen (2007) * Danny Boyle (2008) * Kathryn Bigelow (2009) ---- Complete List * (1927 �1940) * (1941 �1960) * (1961 �1980) * (1981 �2000) * (2001-present)

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