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Ron Howard

Ron Howard
Howard at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
Personal information
Birth nameRonald William Howard
Birth dateMarch 1, 1954(age 62)
Place of birthDuncan, Oklahoma, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1956 present
SpouseCheryl Alley (1975 present)
ChildrenBryce Dallas Howard (b. 1981)
Jocelyn (b. 1985)
Paige (b. 1985)
Reed (b. 1987)

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Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer. He came to prominence as a child actor, playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for six years. He appeared in the films American Graffiti in 1973 and The Shootist in 1976, the latter during his run on Happy Days. He made his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy Grand Theft Auto. He left Happy Days in 1980 to focus on directing; his films include the Academy Award-winning Cocoon, Apollo 13, and A Beautiful Mind. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Asteroid 12561 Howard is named for him.

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