Biography

Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer.

He came to prominence as a child actor, playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later as the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for six years. He made film appearances such as in American Graffiti in 1973 and while starring in Happy Days he also made The Shootist in 1976, as well as making his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy film Grand Theft Auto. He left Happy Days in 1980 to focus on directing, and has since gone on to direct several films, including the Oscar winning Cocoon, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

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Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer.

He came to prominence as a child actor, playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later as the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for six years. He made film appearances such as in American Graffiti in 1973 and while starring in Happy Days he also made The Shootist in 1976, as well as making his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy film Grand Theft Auto. He left Happy Days in 1980 to focus on directing, and has since gone on to direct several films, including the Oscar winning Cocoon, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 160

Birthday 1954-03-01

Place of Birth Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

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Also Known As

  • Ronny Howard
  • Ronald William Howard
  • Ronnie Howard

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Laddie as Himself
2016 Chelsea(1 episode) as Himself
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie as Himself
2015 The Odd Couple(1 episode) as Stanley
2013 Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck as Himself
2013 The Arrested Development Documentary Project as Himself
2011 The Death and Return of Superman as Max's Son
2011 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel as himself
2010 Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible as himself
2005 The Colbert Report(1 episode)
2003 Arrested Development(91 episodes) as Narrator
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2001 Osmosis Jones as Tom Colonic (voice)
2000 The Independent as Himself
1999 Where Are They Now?(1 episode)
1999 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn(1 episode)
1998 The Making of 'American Graffiti' as Himself
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1997 Frank Capra's American Dream as Himself, Host
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(3 episodes)
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(1 episode)
1996 Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 as Himself
1995 MADtv(1 episode)
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Frasier(1 episode) as Guest Caller - Stephen
1992 HBO First Look(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(2 episodes)
1989 The Simpsons(3 episodes)
1981 Fire on the Mountain as Lee Mackie
1981 Bitter Harvest
1980 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang(24 episodes) as Richie Cunningham
1980 Act Of Love as Leon Cybulkowski
1979 More American Graffiti as Steve Bolander
1979 Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall as Himself/Richie Cunningham
1978 Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel as Himself
1977 Grand Theft Auto as Sam Freeman
1976 Battle of the Network Stars(2 episodes)
1976 The Captain and Tennille(1 episode)
1976 The Shootist as Gillom Rogers
1976 Eat My Dust as Hoover Niebold
1976 Laverne & Shirley(2 episodes)
1976 Donny & Marie(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1975 Huckleberry Finn as Huckleberry Finn
1974 Locusts as Donny Fletcher
1974 The Spikes Gang as Les
1974 The Migrants as Lyle Barlow
1974 Happy Days(49 episodes) as Richie Cunningham
1974 Happy Days(3 episodes)
1973 Happy Mother's Day, Love George as Johnny
1973 American Graffiti as Steve Bolander
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H(1 episode)
1972 The Waltons(1 episode)
1971 The Smith Family(39 episodes) as Bob Smith
1970 The Wild Country as Virgil Tanner
1970 The Wild Country as Andrew Tanner
1970 The Headmaster(1 episode)
1970 Smoke as Chris (as Ronny Howard)
1969 Love, American Style(1 episode)
1969 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors(1 episode)
1968 Lancer(2 episodes)
1967 Gentle Ben(56 episodes) as Jerry
1967 Gentle Ben(56 episodes) as Jody Cutler
1967 Judd for the Defense(1 episode)
1966 The Monroes(1 episode)
1965 Village of the Giants as Genius
1965 The F.B.I.(1 episode)
1965 I Spy(83 episodes) as Alan Loden
1965 The Big Valley(1 episode)
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.(1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone(1 episode)
1963 The Great Adventure(1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father as Eddie Corbett
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson(1 episode)
1962 The Music Man as Winthrop Paroo
1961 Door-to-Door Maniac as Bobby Wilson
1961 The New Breed(1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show(256 episodes) as Opie Taylor
1960 Insight(130 episodes)
1960 Pete and Gladys(1 episode)
1959 Dennis, The Menace(3 episodes)
1959 Five Fingers(16 episodes)
1959 Johnny Ringo(1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode) as Wilcox Boy
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis(3 episodes)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson(1 episode)
1959 The Journey as Billy Rhinelander
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1954 Lassie(2 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater(2 episodes)
1900 Frank Capra's American Dream(0 episodes)

Production

2017 The Dark TowerProducer
2017 Genius(10 episodes)Executive Producer
2016 InfernoProducer
2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring YearsProducer
2015 In the Heart of the SeaProducer
2015 Curious George 3: Back to the JungleExecutive Producer
2014 The Good LieProducer
2013 Jay-Z: Made in AmericaProducer
2013 Out of the BlueExecutive Producer
2013 RushProducer
2013 Curious George: A Halloween Boo FestExecutive Producer
2012 Katy Perry: Part of MeProducer
2011 RestlessProducer
2011 Cowboys & AliensProducer
2011 The DilemmaProducer
2010 Parenthood(92 episodes)Producer
2009 Angels & DemonsProducer
2008 Frost/NixonProducer
2008 ChangelingProducer
2006 Curious George(200 episodes)Executive Producer
2006 The Da Vinci CodeProducer
2006 Curious GeorgeProducer
2005 Cinderella ManProducer
2005 Inside Deep ThroatProducer
2004 The AlamoProducer
2003 The MissingProducer
2003 Arrested Development(91 episodes)Executive Producer
2001 A Beautiful MindProducer
2001 The Beast(6 episodes)Producer
2000 How the Grinch Stole ChristmasProducer
2000 Wonderland(8 episodes)Producer
1999 Beyond the MatProducer
1999 EdtvProducer
1999 The PJs(44 episodes)Executive Producer
1998 Felicity(87 episodes)Producer
1998 Sports Night(54 episodes)Producer
1998 From the Earth to the Moon(25 episodes)Producer
1997 Hiller and Diller(18 episodes)Producer
1997 Inventing the AbbottsProducer
1996 The ChamberProducer
1992 Far and AwayProducer
1990 Parenthood(12 episodes)Producer
1989 The 'BurbsExecutive Producer
1988 VibesExecutive Producer
1900 Hiller and Diller(0 episodes)Producer
1900 Through the Magic Pyramid(0 episodes)Executive Producer
1900 Maximum Security(0 episodes)Producer

Directing

2019 SevenevesDirector
2016 InfernoDirector
2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring YearsDirector
2015 In the Heart of the SeaDirector
2015 Breakthrough(1 episode)Director
2013 Jay-Z: Made in AmericaDirector
2013 RushDirector
2011 The DilemmaDirector
2009 Angels & DemonsDirector
2008 Frost/NixonDirector
2006 The Da Vinci CodeDirector
2005 Cinderella ManDirector
2003 The MissingDirector
2001 A Beautiful MindDirector
2000 How the Grinch Stole ChristmasDirector
1999 EdtvDirector
1996 RansomDirector
1995 Apollo 13Director
1994 The PaperDirector
1992 Far and AwayDirector
1991 BackdraftDirector
1989 ParenthoodDirector
1988 WillowDirector
1986 Gung HoDirector
1985 CocoonDirector
1984 SplashDirector
1982 Night ShiftDirector
1981 Through the Magic PyramidDirector
1980 SkywardDirector
1978 Cotton CandyDirector
1977 Grand Theft AutoDirector
1969 Old PaintDirector
1969 Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore, and Death...Director
1969 Deed of Daring-DoDirector
1900 PinocchioDirector
1900 The Girl BeforeDirector

Writing

1992 Far and AwayScreenplay
1978 Cotton CandyWriter
1977 Grand Theft AutoWriter

Creator

2016 MarsCreator
2015 BreakthroughCreator

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