Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director, producer, and actor. He is best known for portraying Richie Cunningham in Happy Days.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Howard first came to prominence playing young Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years and later playing teenager Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for seven years.[1] He appeared in the musical film The Music Man (1962), the comedy film The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), the coming of age film American Graffiti (1973), the western film The Shootist with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall (1976), and the comedy film Grand Theft Auto (1977), which he also directed.

In 1980, Ron left Happy Days to focus on directing. His films include: the science-fiction/fantasy film Cocoon (1985), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995), the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001) (earning him the Academy Award for Best Director), and the thriller The Da Vinci Code (2006).

In 2002, Ron narrated the Fox comedy series, Arrested Development, on which he would also serve as producer and play a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[2] Asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries.[3]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Ron married high school sweetheart Cheryl Alley (b. 1953)[4][5] on June 7, 1975.[6] They have four children: daughters Bryce Dallas Howard (b. 1981), twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard (b. 1985), and son Reed Cross (b. 1987).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 1999
  2. Lifetime Honors – National Medal of Arts (2012-08-05). Archived from the original on 2012-08-05.
  3. "Ron Howard receives rare 2nd star on Hollywood Walk of Fame", Los Angeles Daily News, December 11, 2015. Retrieved on December 11, 2015. 
  4. Cheryl Howard Crew
  5. Cheryl Howard Crew: To the Pier, Intrepidly, New York Times, 24 April 2005
  6. p. 58 Gray

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