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Ron Howard

Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest-starring in several television series, including an episode of The Twilight Zone. He gained national attention for playing young Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith) in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 through 1968. During this time, he also appeared in the musical film The Music Man (1962), a critical and commercial success. He was credited as Ronny Howard in his film and television appearances from 1959 to 1973. Howard was cast in one of the lead roles in the coming-of-age film American Graffiti (1973), which received widespread acclaim and became one of the most profitable films in history. The following year, Howard became a household name for playing Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days, a role he would play from 1974 through 1984. Howard continued appearing in films during this time, such as the western film The Shootist (1976) and the comedy film Grand Theft Auto (1977), which also marked his directorial debut. In 1984, Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing, producing and occasionally writing variety films and television series. His films include the science-fiction/fantasy Cocoon (1985), the fantasy Willow (1988), the thriller Backdraft (1991), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995), the Christmas comedy How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001), the biographical sports drama Cinderella Man (2005), the thriller The Da Vinci Code (2006), the historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and the documentary Pavarotti (2019). For A Beautiful Mind, Howard won the Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture. He was nominated again for the same awards for Frost/Nixon. In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts. 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ron Howard, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Mar 1, 1954 In Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series General Electric Theater 1953-02-01
Latest Project:
Series Insight 2022
Known For
Poster of Osmosis Jones
Poster of The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Poster of The Shootist
Poster of American Graffiti
Series Insight 2022
Movie The Happy Days of Garry Marshall Himself 2020-05-12
Movie Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10 Himself 2019-05-18
Series The Movies 2019-07-07
Movie Dads Himself 2019-09-06
Movie Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies Himself 2017-11-12
Movie Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Himself 2016-02-10
Series This Is Us Himself (uncredited) 2016-09-20
Series Chelsea Himself 2016-05-11
Series The Odd Couple Stanley 2015-02-19
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Series Off Camera with Sam Jones Himself 2014-02-06
Movie Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck Himself 2013-04-28
Movie From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking Self - Director 2013-04-05
Movie The Arrested Development Documentary Project Himself 2013-05-02
Movie The Death and Return of Superman Max's Son 2011-11-27
Movie Corman's World Himself - Filmmaker 2011-12-16
Movie Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible Himself 2010-11-12
Movie Cannes: All Access Self 2007-10-27
Series The Graham Norton Show Himself 2007-02-22
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie Weezer: Video Capture Device - Treasures from the Vault 1991-2002 Richie Cunningham ("Buddy Holly") (archive footage) 2004-03-23
Movie Tell Them Who You Are Himself 2004-09-06
Movie Making a 'Splash' Self - Director 2004-03-30
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Self 2003-02-21
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series Arrested Development Narrator 2003-11-02
Movie Inside a Beautiful Mind Self 2002-03-03
Movie Christopher Plummer: A Man For All Stages Self 2002-11-07
Movie The Shootist: The Legend Lives On The Shootist (1976) film clips 2001-07-24
Movie Osmosis Jones Tom Colonic (voice) 2001-08-10
Movie Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens – A Life in Animation Unknown 2000-11-08
Movie The Independent Himself 2000-11-10
Movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas Whoville Townsperson (uncredited) 2000-11-17
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Unknown 1999-03-30
Movie The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman self 1999-02-01
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic Himself 1999-06-15
Movie The Making of 'American Graffiti' Himself 1998-09-15
Movie Welcome to Hollywood Ron Howard 1998-10-01
Movie Frank Capra's American Dream Himself, Host 1997-01-01
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 Himself 1996-01-01
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Series MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Series Frasier Stephen (voice) 1993-09-16
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie First Works 1989-10-10
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Willow: The Making of an Adventure Self - Director 1988-04-26
Movie Return to Mayberry Opie Taylor 1986-04-13
Movie Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries 1981-08-05
Movie Fire on the Mountain Lee Mackie 1981-11-23
Movie Act Of Love Leon Cybulkowski 1980-09-24
Series The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Richie Cunningham 1980-11-08
Movie Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall Himself 1979-01-01
Movie More American Graffiti Steve Bolander 1979-08-03
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda Himself 1978-03-15
Movie Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Himself 1978-04-06
Movie I'm a Fool Unknown 1977-04-05
Movie Grand Theft Auto Sam Freeman 1977-06-16
Series Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Movie A Special Olivia Newton-John 1976-11-17
Movie Eat My Dust Hoover Niebold 1976-04-01
Series Donny & Marie Unknown 1976-01-23
Series Battle of the Network Stars Unknown 1976-11-13
Series The Captain and Tennille Unknown 1976-09-20
Movie The Shootist Gillom Rogers 1976-08-11
Movie Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn 1975-03-25
Series Saturday Night Live Self - Host 1975-10-11
Series Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15
Movie The Migrants Lyle Barlow 1974-02-04
Movie The Spikes Gang Les 1974-04-11
Movie Locusts Donny Fletcher 1974-10-09
Movie American Graffiti Steve Bolander 1973-08-01
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie Happy Mother's Day, Love George Johnny 1973-08-17
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series The Smith Family Bob Smith 1971-01-20
Movie Smoke Chris (as Ronny Howard) 1970-02-01
Series The Headmaster Unknown 1970-09-18
Movie The Wild Country Virgil Tanner 1970-12-16
Series The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Unknown 1969-09-14
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Series Land of the Giants Jodar 1968-09-22
Series Lancer Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Gentle Ben Jody Cutler 1967-09-10
Movie A Boy Called Nuthin’ Richie 'Nuthin'' Caldwell 1967-12-10
Series The Monroes Unknown 1966-09-07
Series I Spy Alan Loden 1965-09-15
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie Village of the Giants Genius 1965-10-20
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Movie The Courtship of Eddie's Father Eddie Corbett 1963-03-27
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series The Danny Kaye Show Self 1963-09-25
Movie The Music Man Winthrop Paroo 1962-06-19
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Movie Five Minutes to Live Bobby Wilson 1961-12-07
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor 1960-10-03
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie The Journey Billy Rhinelander 1959-02-11
Series Johnny Ringo Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Movie Walking Distance Wilcox Boy 1959-10-30
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Five Fingers Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Twilight Zone Wilcox Boy (as Ronnie Howard) 1959-10-02
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series The Danny Thomas Show Opie Taylor 1953-09-29
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18