35 Facts About Ron Howard

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Ron Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest-starring in several television series, including an episode of The Twilight Zone.

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Ron Howard 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.

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3.

Ron Howard was credited as Ronny Howard in his film and television appearances from 1959 to 1973.

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4.

Ron Howard was cast in one of the lead roles in the coming-of-age film American Graffiti, and became a household name for playing Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days, a role he would play from 1974 to 1980.

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5.

In 1980, Ron Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing, producing and sometimes writing a variety of films and television series.

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6.

Ron Howard's films included the comedies Night Shift, Splash, and Cocoon as well as the fantasy Willow, the thriller Backdraft, and the newspaper comedy-drama film The Paper .

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7.

In 1995, Ron Howard gained widespread praise and recognition in the historical docudrama Apollo 13 .

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8.

Ron Howard has directed the documentary films The Beatles: Eight Days a Week and Pavarotti .

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9.

Ron Howard was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013.

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10.

Ron Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries.

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11.

Ron Howard has German, English, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch ancestry.

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12.

Ron Howard's father was born with the surname "Beckenholdt" and took the stage name "Howard" in 1948 for his acting career.

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13.

Rance Howard was serving three years in the United States Air Force at the time of Ron's birth.

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14.

Ron Howard was tutored at Desilu Studios in his younger years but continued his schooling at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary and David Star Jordan Junior High when not working in television, eventually graduating from John Burroughs High School.

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15.

Ron Howard later attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts but did not graduate.

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16.

Ron Howard has said he knew from a young age he might want to go into directing, thanks to his early experience as an actor.

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17.

Ron Howard played "Timmy" in "Counterfeit Gun", Season 4, Episode 2 of the TV series, The Cheyenne Show.

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18.

Ron Howard starred in the 1963 film The Courtship of Eddie's Father with Glenn Ford and Jones.

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19.

Ron Howard appeared on the 1969 Disneyland Records album The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion.

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20.

Ron Howard played Steve Bolander in George Lucas' coming-of-age film American Graffiti in 1973, which was the inspiration for the television series Happy Days starring Ron Howard.

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21.

In 1974, Ron Howard guest-starred as Seth Turner, the best friend of Jason Walton, in The Waltons episode, "The Gift".

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22.

In 1976, Ron Howard starred alongside John Wayne and Lauren Bacall in Don Siegel's The Shootist, the story of a Western gunfighter dying of cancer.

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23.

Ron Howard left Happy Days to become a film director just before the start of its eighth season in 1980, but returned for guest appearances in later seasons.

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24.

Ron Howard went on to direct several TV movies for NBC between 1978 and 1982, including the 1980 TV movie, Skyward, starring Bette Davis.

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25.

Ron Howard directed the science fiction comedy drama Cocoon starring Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, Wilford Brimley, and Brian Dennehy.

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26.

Ron Howard continued directing through the 1990s, including the American drama Backdraft revolving around firefighters.

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27.

In 1994, Ron Howard directed the newspaper comedy drama The Paper with an ensemble starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Jason Alexander, Jason Robards, and Robert Duvall.

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28.

In 2005, Howard directed the biographical sports drama Cinderella Man based on the true story of heavyweight boxing champion James J Braddock played by Russell Crowe.

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29.

Ron Howard was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival's 2009 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award.

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30.

In 2013, Ron Howard directed sports drama Rush, based on the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula 1 motor-racing season.

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31.

In 2015, Ron Howard directed the film In the Heart of the Sea about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick.

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32.

Ron Howard took over directing duties on Solo: A Star Wars Story, a film featuring Star Wars character Han Solo in his younger years.

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33.

In November 2017, Ron Howard announced that he would be teaching his first directing class.

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34.

In March 2021, Ron Howard began filming the survival drama Thirteen Lives, a film based on the Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018.

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35.

Ron Howard is the co-chairman, with Brian Grazer, of Imagine Entertainment, a film and television production company.

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