Ron Howard Biography (1954-)

Full name, Ronald William Howard; born March 1, 1954, in Duncan, OK; son of Rance (an actor, writer, and director) and Jean (an actress; maiden name, Speegle) Howard; brother of Clint Howard (an actor, director, and writer); married Cheryl Alley (a writer), June 7, 1975; children: Bryce Dallas, Paige Carlyle and Jocelyn Carlyle (twins), Reed. Addresses: Office: Imagine FilmsEntertainment, Inc., 1925 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA 90067.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Contact: c/o 150 S. Rodeo Dr., #300, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
March 1, 1954
Duncan, Oklahoma, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • (As Ronny Howard) Opie Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show (also knownas Andy of Mayberry), CBS, 1960-1968
  • Bob Smith, The Smith Family, ABC, 1971-1972
  • Richie Cunningham, Happy Days (also known as New Family in Town and Happy Days Again), ABC, 1974-1980
  • Voice of Richie Cunningham, Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (animated), ABC, 1980-1982
  • Richie Cunningham, The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, 1982-1983
  • Movies
  • Donny Fletcher, Locusts, ABC, 1974
  • Lyle Barlow, The Migrants, CBS, 1974
  • Title role, Huckleberry Finn, ABC, 1975
  • Leon Cybulkowski, Act of Love, NBC, 1980
  • Ned De Vries, Bitter Harvest, NBC, 1981
  • Lee Mackie, Fire on the Mountain, NBC, 1981
  • When Your Lover Leaves, NBC, 1983
  • Opie Taylor, Return to Mayberry, NBC, 1986
  • Specials
  • An Olivia Newton-John Special (also known as The Olivia Newton-John Show and A Special Olivia Newton-John), ABC, 1976
  • Battle of the Network Stars I, ABC, 1976
  • Battle of the Network Stars II, ABC, 1977
  • "I'm a Fool," American Short Story, PBS, 1978
  • Himself, NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney, 1978
  • Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Special, NBC, 1979
  • Willow: The Making of an Adventure (documentary), syndicated, 1988
  • The Happy Days Reunion, ABC, 1992
  • Hollywood Hotshots, Fox, 1992
  • A Day in the Life of Hollywood, 1992
  • George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic, 1993
  • The Andy Griffith Show Reunion, 1993
  • Host, Hollywood on Hollywood, 1993
  • Himself, Homeward Bound, AMC, 1994
  • The Roger Corman Special, Sci-Fi Channel, 1995
  • The Making of Apollo 13, Sci-Fi Channel, 1995
  • A Day With, Fox, 1995
  • The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards, 1995
  • The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery, Fox, 1997
  • Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out, MSNBC, 1997
  • Host and narrator, Frank Capra's American Dream, 1997
  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 13th Annual Hall of Fame (also known as ATAS Hall of Fame Awards), Showtime, 1998
  • CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998
  • Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies (also known as Behind the Laughs: The Museum of Television and Radio and A Museum of Television and Radio Special), Fox, 1998
  • Himself, From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic (documentary), 1999
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Cindy Williams, Lifetime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "Dark December," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959
  • (As Ronny Howard) Stuart, "The Fishing Trip," Dennis the Menace, CBS, 1959
  • Stewart, "Dennis & the Signpost," Dennis the Menace, CBS, 1959
  • "Dennis Haunts a House," Dennis the Menace, CBS, 1959
  • (Uncredited) Ricky Parrot, "The Accused," Johnny Ringo, CBS, 1959
  • The Wilcox Boy, "Walking Distance," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1959
  • "Child Lost," The June Allyson Show, CBS, 1959
  • "Dobie's Birthday Party," The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, CBS, 1959
  • "Mr. O'Malley," The General Electric Theater (also known as TheG. E. Theater), CBS, 1959
  • Math teacher's son, "Room at the Bottom," The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, CBS, 1960
  • "Danny Meets Andy Griffith," The Danny Thomas Show, CBS, 1960
  • "Where There's a Will," The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, CBS, 1960
  • "The Ghost Story," Pete and Gladys, CBS, 1960
  • "Take Me to Your Leader," The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, CBS, 1961
  • "Tippy-Top," The General Electric Theater (also known as The G.E. Theater), CBS, 1961
  • "So Dark the Night," The New Breed, ABC, 1962
  • "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat," Route 66, CBS, 1962
  • "Is Mr. Martin Coming Back?" The Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963
  • "Plague," The Great Adventure, CBS, 1964
  • (As Ronny Howard) Jerry Prentice, "A Candle in the Window," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1964
  • Gus, "Cry Uncle," The Fugitive, ABC, 1964
  • (As Ronny Howard) Tommy, "Night of the Wolf," The Big Valley, ABC,1965
  • (As Ronny Howard) Opie Taylor, "Opie Joins the Marines," Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., CBS, 1966
  • "Little Boy Lost," I Spy, NBC, 1966
  • (As Ronny Howard) "Teaching the Tigers to Purr," The Monroes, ABC,1967
  • Gentle Ben, CBS, 1967
  • Richie "Nuthin'" Caldwell, "A Boy Called Nuthin'," Wonderful World ofDisney, NBC, 1967
  • (As Ronny Howard) Opie Taylor, "Andy and Helen Get Married," Mayberry,R.F.D., CBS, 1968
  • (As Ronny Howard) Jess Orkin, "The Runaways," The F.B.I., ABC, 1968
  • (As Ronny Howard) "Jelly," Lancer, CBS, 1968
  • "Between the Dark and the Daylight," Judd, for the Defense, ABC, 1969
  • (As Ronny Howard) Jodar, "Genius at Work," Land of the Giants, ABC, 1969
  • (As Ronny Howard) "A Man before His Time," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1969
  • (As Ronny Howard) "The Measure of a Man," Lancer, CBS, 1969
  • (As Ronny Howard) Jamie, "Charlie Noon," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1969
  • Chris Fitch, "Smoke," Wonderful World of Disney, NBC, 1970
  • Headmaster, CBS, 1970
  • (As Ronny Howard) Lassie, CBS, 1970
  • The Dating Game, 1971
  • Richie Cunningham, "Love and the Happy Day" (also known as "New Family inTown"), Love, American Style, ABC, 1972
  • (As Ronny Howard) "The Initiation," Bonanza, NBC, 1972
  • (As Ronny Howard) Wendell Peterson, "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1973
  • Seth, "The Gift," The Waltons, CBS, 1974
  • "Somewhere Before," Insight, syndicated, 1975
  • Richie Cunningham, "Excuse Me, May I Cut In?" Laverne & Shirley, ABC, 1976
  • Richie Cunningham, "Shotgun Wedding: Part 2," Laverne & Shirley, ABC, 1979
  • "The Needle's Eye," Insight, syndicated, 1981
  • Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1982
  • Richie Cunningham, "Welcome Home: Parts 1 & 2," Happy Days (also known as New Family in Town and Happy Days Again), ABC, 1983
  • Richie Cunningham, "Passages: Part 2," Happy Days (also known as New Family in Town and Happy Days Again), ABC, 1984
  • Firstworks, The Movie Channel, 1988
  • "Space Travel," Understanding, The Learning Channel, 1994
  • "Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • "Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • "Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • "John Wayne," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Voice characterization, "When You Dish upon a Star," The Simpsons(animated), Fox, 1998
  • Voice of Stephen, "Good Samaritan," Frasier, NBC, 1999
  • Voice of himself, "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1999
  • Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2000
  • Himself, Sen kvaell med Luuk, 2000
  • Voice of himself, "Gump Roast," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2002
  • Also appeared in other episodes of Cheyenne, ABC; The Danny Kaye Show, CBS; The Dennis Miller Show, HBO; The Dinah Shore Show, NBC; Five Fingers, NBC; Hennessey, CBS; The Red SkeltonShow, NBC and CBS; Inside the Actors Studio; (as Ronny Howard) asLuke, Daniel Boone; himself, The Arsenio Hall Show; himself, The Directors, Encore.
  • Pilots
  • Barnaby Baxter, Mr. O'Malley, CBS, 1959
  • Cory Merlino, Amanda Fallon, NBC, 1972
  • Anson and Lorrie, NBC, 1981
  • Channel 99, NBC, 1988
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • Maximum Security, HBO, 1985
  • Gung Ho (also known as Working Class Man), ABC, 1986-1987
  • (And director) Take Five (also known as Kooper with a "K"),CBS, 1987
  • Parenthood, NBC, 1990
  • Hiller and Diller, ABC, 1997-1998
  • The PJs, Fox, 1998-2000 then The WB, 2000-2001
  • Wonderland, ABC, 2000
  • The Beast, ABC, 2001
  • 24, Fox, 2001-2002
  • BS*, 2002
  • Also executive producer, Sports Night, ABC.
  • Television Producer
  • Series
  • Producer, Poison, Showtime, 1988
  • Producer, Felicity, The WB, 1998-2002
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, Cotton Candy (also known as Ron Howard's Cotton Candy), NBC, 1978
  • Director and executive producer (with Anson Williams), Skyward (also known as Ron Howard's Skyward), NBC, 1980
  • Director and executive producer, Through the Magic Pyramid (also known as Tut and Tuttle), NBC, 1981
  • (With Henry Winkler) Executive producer, When Your Lover Leaves, NBC, 1983
  • (With Tony Ganz and Irv Wilson) Executive producer, Into Thin Air,CBS, 1985
  • Executive producer, "Splash, Too," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988
  • Executive producer, The Lone Star Kid, 1986
  • Producer, Student Affairs, 1999
  • Specials
  • Director and executive producer, "No Greater Gift," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1986
  • Miniseries
  • Producer, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998
  • Pilots
  • (With Anson Williams) Executive producer, Skyward Christmas, NBC,1981
  • Director and executive producer (with Williams), Little Shots, NBC, 1983
  • Executive producer, Smart Guys, NBC, 1988
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Frontier Woman, Top Pictures, 1955
  • (As Ronny Howard) Billy Rhinelander, The Journey, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • (As Ronny Howard) Bobby, Five Minutes to Live (also known as Door-to-Door Maniac and Last Blood), Sutton, 1961
  • (As Ronny Howard) Winthrop Paroo, The Music Man, Warner Bros., 1962
  • (As Ronny Howard) Eddie, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • (As Ronny Howard) Genius, Village of the Giants, Embassy, 1965
  • (As Ronny Howard) Virgil, The Wild Country (also known as The Newcomers), Buena Vista, 1971
  • (As Ronny Howard) Steve Bolander, American Graffiti, Universal, 1973
  • Johnny, Happy Mothers Day ... Love, George (also known as Run,Stranger, Run), Cinema 5, 1973
  • Les Richter, The Spikes Gang, United Artists, 1974
  • (Uncredited) Actor at audition, The First Nudie Musical, Paramount, 1976
  • Hoover Niebold, Eat My Dust!, New World, 1976
  • Gillom Rogers, The Shootist, Paramount, 1976
  • Sam Freeman, Grand Theft Auto, New World, 1977
  • Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel (documentary), 1978
  • Steve Bolander, More American Graffiti (also known as Purple Haze), Universal, 1979
  • Just One Step: The Great Peace March, 1988
  • The Magical World of Chuck Jones (documentary), Warner Bros., 1992
  • One Vision, 1998
  • Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, Phaedra Cinema, 1998
  • Opie Taylor, Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy, Broadway Video, 1998
  • Himself, Film-Fest DVD: Issue 2-Cannes, 1999
  • Himself, The Independent, Arrow Releasing, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Townsperson, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Grinch), Universal, 1999
  • Himself, Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation, Warner Bros. Home Video, 2000
  • Voice of Tom Colonic, Osmosis Jones (animated), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Himself, From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking, Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Man at governor's ball, A Beautiful Mind, Universal,2001
  • Film Director
  • Deed of Derring-Do, 1969
  • Grand Theft Auto, New World, 1977
  • Night Shift, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Splash, Buena Vista, 1984
  • Cocoon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Gung Ho (also known as Working Class Man), Paramount, 1986
  • Willow, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Parenthood, Universal, 1989
  • Backdraft, Universal, 1991
  • Far and Away, Universal, 1992
  • The Paper, Universal, 1994
  • Apollo 13, Universal, 1995
  • Ransom, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Ed TV (also known as Edtv), Universal, 1999
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Grinch), MCA/Universal, 1999
  • A Beautiful Mind, Universal, 2001
  • Also made a documentary on the making of American Graffiti.
  • Film Executive Producer
  • Leo and Loree, United Artists, 1980
  • Gung Ho (also known as Working Class Man), Paramount, 1986
  • No Man's Land, Orion, 1987
  • Vibes, Columbia, 1988
  • Clean and Sober, Warner Bros., 1988
  • (With Brian Grazer) Closet Land, Universal, 1991
  • Film Producer
  • The 'burbs, Universal, 1989
  • Far and Away, Universal, 1992
  • The Chamber, Universal, 1996
  • Inventing the Abbotts, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Liar Liar, Universal, 1997
  • Detox, Universal, 1999
  • Beyond the Mat (also known as Beyond the Mat: Unrated Director's Cut), MCA/Universal, 1999
  • Ed TV (also known as Edtv), MCA/Universal, 1999
  • How to Eat Fried Worms, Nickelodeon Films/Imagine Entertainment, 1999
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Grinch), MCA/Universal, 2000
  • A Beautiful Mind, 2001
  • D-Tox (also known as Im Auge der Angst), MCA/Universal, 2002
  • Stealing Harvard, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • (Uncredited) Executive music producer, Apollo 13, 1995
  • Stage Appearances
  • Rickie Sherman, The Seven Year Itch, Hilltop Summer Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1956
  • Ally, Hole in the Head, Bridge Bay Summer Theatre, Reading, PA, 1963
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Rance Howard) Grand Theft Auto, New World, 1977
  • Film Stories
  • (With Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) Parenthood, Universal, 1989
  • Far and Away, Universal, 1992
  • Television Movies
  • (With Clint Howard) Cotton Candy (also known as Ron Howard's Cotton Candy), NBC, 1978

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Business Leader Profiles for Students, Gale, 1999
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 19, Gale Group,1999
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 1, 1994, pp. 22-23; October 30, 1998,p. 24
    • Esquire, December, 1986, p. 256
    • Film Comment, May/June, 1984, p. 40
    • Newsweek, August 28, 1989, p. 56
    • People Weekly, March 25, 1996, p. 122
    • Playboy, May, 1994, pp. 53-63
    • Time, July 3, 1995, p. 53; September 18, 2000, p. 43
    • U.S. News & World Report, September 18, 2000, p. 64

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