Ron Howard

Biography: The world watched as Ron Howard grew up. And Howard responded by landing three distinct monster roles before his 21st birthday. When he was just a teenager, it was said of him, "If Ron Howard never works another day in his life, he will have accomplished more in his life than most household name stars."

Ron was born in Oklahoma to Jean Speegle and Rance Howard. Rance was a Drama major at the University of Oklahoma. Jean attended acting school in New York. Ron appeared in Frontier Women at age 18 months, and appeared in Playhouse 90 at age 2. He was introduced as a household name at age 6 when he played the inquisitive Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. The role proved bigger than the show, as his Opie character was re-cast in the parent show, The Danny Thomas Show, as well as the spin-off Gomer Pyle, USMC. Two years later, at age 8, he was cast as Winthrop Peroo in The Music Man. It remains watched today in video. Maybe the average viewer would have a problem
The world watched as Ron Howard grew up. And Howard responded by landing three distinct monster roles before his 21st birthday. When he was just a teenager, it was said of him, "If Ron Howard never works another day in his life, he will have accomplished more in his life than most household name stars."

Ron was born in Oklahoma to Jean Speegle and Rance Howard. Rance was a Drama major at the University of Oklahoma. Jean attended acting school in New York. Ron appeared in Frontier Women at age 18 months, and appeared in Playhouse 90 at age 2. He was introduced as a household name at age 6 when he played the inquisitive Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. The role proved bigger than the show, as his Opie character was re-cast in the parent show, The Danny Thomas Show, as well as the spin-off Gomer Pyle, USMC.

Two years later, at age 8, he was cast as Winthrop Peroo in The Music Man. It remains watched today in video. Maybe the average viewer would have a problem identifying the character Winthrop Peroo. But we all know that the kid brother is "the kid who plays Opie." And the strength of character required to play the Wells Fargo scene - pushing adults out of the way to take center stage mid song, and singing a lively solo out of dialect - ranks up there as one of the greatest casting marvels of all time.

Howard was cast as Steve Bolander, and worked with eventual partner Cindy Williams in American Graffiti, the movie that began the nerd glorification movement. A year later, he capstoned that movement, and spearheaded the movement himself, by playing Richie Cunningham for the first seven years of Happy Days.

Howard left Happy Days four years before the nerd glorification movement was completed. He turned his attention to Directing, rather than acting. His influence was so profound that fellow Happy Days nerds Anson Williams and Donny Most likewise abandoned acting in favor of directing. We now know that as Richie, Potsie and Ralph encouraged each other to "sit on it," that the "it" was the Director's chair - and all three heeded their advice to success.

Among Howard's directing credits were motion pictures, including Parenthood, A Beautiful Mind, and most recently The DaVinci Code. He also lent his voice as the narrator of the sitcom Arrested Development.

No matter how comprehensively any written biography on Ron Howard extends, several new chapters are waiting to be written.
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Ron Howard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 57
Highest Metascore: 82 Parenthood
Lowest Metascore: 38 Backdraft
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
39 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd American Made Sep 29, 2017 Producer tbd
tbd The Dark Tower Jul 28, 2017 Director / Producer tbd
42 Inferno Oct 28, 2016 Director / Produced By / Producer 5.4
72 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Sep 16, 2016 Director / Producer 8.4
75 Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump's the Art of the Deal: The Movie Feb 10, 2016 Himself / Ron Howard 5.2
47 In the Heart of the Sea Dec 11, 2015 Director / Producer 6.8
59 Champs Mar 13, 2015 Himself 8.7
65 The Good Lie Oct 3, 2014 Producer 7.1
48 Made in America Jul 11, 2014 Director / Producer 5.8
75 Rush Sep 20, 2013 Director / Producer 8.6
57 Katy Perry: Part of Me Jul 5, 2012 Producer 5.9
tbd Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel Dec 15, 2011 Himself 7.6
59 J. Edgar Nov 9, 2011 Producer 6.5
47 Restless Sep 16, 2011 Producer 7.2
50 Cowboys & Aliens Jul 29, 2011 Producer 6.0
46 The Dilemma Jan 14, 2011 Director 5.3
53 Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story Nov 5, 2010 Himself 7.0
48 Angels & Demons May 15, 2009 Director / Producer 6.2
80 Frost/Nixon Dec 5, 2008 Director / Producer 7.8
63 Changeling Oct 24, 2008 Producer 7.9
46 The Da Vinci Code May 19, 2006 Director / Producer 5.9
62 Curious George Feb 10, 2006 Producer 7.1
69 Cinderella Man Jun 3, 2005 Director / Producer 8.5
72 Tell Them Who You Are May 13, 2005 Himself 4.0
64 Inside Deep Throat Feb 11, 2005 Producer 7.4
47 The Alamo Apr 9, 2004 Producer 6.0
55 The Missing Nov 19, 2003 Director / Producer 5.9
72 A Beautiful Mind Dec 21, 2001 Director / Producer 7.8
52 The Independent Nov 30, 2001 Himself 4.0
57 Osmosis Jones Aug 10, 2001 Tom Colonic 6.2

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