Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Highest Rated: 96% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Hunting Party (1971)

Birthday: Mar 1, 1954

Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

Professionally, Ron Howard has come a long way from the tousle-haired, barefoot sheriff's son who trod the byways of idyllic Mayberry to reside in the heady company of Hollywood's most elite directors. Howard's films are pure entertainment; they are well-crafted efforts, frequently technically challenging from a production standpoint, and aimed at mainstream audiences. Though some of his lesser works have been criticized for possessing formulaic scripts, Howard's films approach even hackneyed subjects in fresh ways. Though he does not characterize himself as a risk taker, he loves the challenge of exploring different genres; therefore, his filmography includes B-movie actioners, domestic comedies, fantasies, sci-fi, suspense-thrillers, historical dramas, and big-budget action films. The son of actors Rance and Jean Howard, he made his theatrical debut at age two in a Baltimore production of The Seven Year Itch. He made his screen debut at age five in the suspenseful political drama The Journey (1959). The youngster became a hot property after that and appeared in several features, including The Music Man and The Courtship of Eddie's Father (both 1962). Through this period his father was a strong ally who kept Howard from being exploited by filmmakers. In a November 1996 interview with the Detroit News, Howard describes an incident in which he was six years old and during rehearsal could not cry on cue (Howard doesn't name the production), causing the director to threaten to flog him. Other children may have been terrified, but Howard felt secure because his father was on the set and would protect him. When producer Sheldon Leonard approached Rance Howard about casting Ronny (as he was billed during childhood) as Opie, the son of widowed sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968), the elder Howard stipulated that his son be allowed time off for a normal childhood. It was as the mischievous but guileless Opie that Ronny Howard became famous. During the popular show's long run, Howard occasionally appeared in other feature films. While a series' demise often signals the death of a child actor's career, particularly if that child is obviously maturing, Howard managed the transition gracefully and continued working steadily. He was cast in a new television series, The Smith Family, in 1971 and starred opposite Henry Fonda, who became one of Howard's mentors, encouraging Howard to strive for creative growth and to take periodic risks to keep himself vital. The series lasted one season, but again Howard landed on his feet, making a bigger name for himself starring as a callow youth in George Lucas' smash hit American Graffiti (1973). The film spawned Garry Marshall's long-running hit, the '50s revival sitcom Happy Days (1974). Essentially reprising his role from the film, Howard (now billed as Ron Howard) starred as all-American youth Richie Cunningham. Again, Howard also worked simultaneously in films, notably in The Shootist (1976), where he played a teen who worshipped dying gunslinger John Wayne. Though playing a teenager on the series, Howard was in his early twenties and felt it was time to follow his longtime dream of becoming a director. Producer Roger Corman, who had recently starred Howard in Eat My Dust! (1976), let Howard helm the similarly themed Grand Theft Auto (1977). Howard also co-wrote the screenplay with his father and starred in the film. While not exactly an original masterpiece, the film earned praise for its fast-paced, high-energy action scenes. After leaving Happy Days in 1980, he directed Bette Davis in a television movie, Skyward, and managed to earn the great lady's respect with his filmmaking skills. Howard had his first big hit in 1982 with the black comedy Nightshift. It was to be the first of many instances in which he would work with producer Brian Grazer, who eventually became his partner and the co-founder of Howard's production company, Imagine Films Entertainment (established in 19

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Rebuilding Paradise Producer Director 2020
87% Pavarotti Producer Director 2019
No Score Yet Dads Producer Actor 2019
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story Director 2018
16% The Dark Tower Producer $50.7M 2017
No Score Yet Splash Producer 2017
23% Inferno Producer Screenwriter Director $34.4M 2016
96% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Director Producer $3M 2016
No Score Yet The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair Director 2016
No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Actor 2016
43% In the Heart of the Sea Producer Director $19.1M 2015
93% Prophet's Prey Executive Producer $14K 2015
63% Champs Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Beatles Director 2015
58% Made in America Director Producer 2014
No Score Yet Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots Executive Producer 2014
88% Rush Producer Director $22.5M 2013
No Score Yet The Arrested Development Documentary Project Actor 2013
86% From Up On Poppy Hill Philosophy Club President $0.7M 2013
No Score Yet Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D Fan Sneaks Producer 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Ron Howard $7.5K 2011
43% J. Edgar Producer $37.4M 2011
37% Restless Producer $0.2M 2011
45% Cowboys & Aliens Producer $100.3M 2011
24% The Dilemma Director Producer $48.5M 2011
No Score Yet Blue Crush 2 Producer 2011
No Score Yet When You Find Me Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Nash Actor 2011
67% Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story Actor 2010
36% Angels & Demons Producer Director $133.4M 2009
No Score Yet Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film Actor 2008
93% Frost/Nixon Producer Director $18.7M 2008
62% Changeling Producer $35.8M 2008
95% In the Shadow of the Moon Introduction $1M 2007
25% The Da Vinci Code Director Producer $217.6M 2006
70% Curious George Producer $58.4M 2006
No Score Yet Cannes: All Access Actor 2006
80% Cinderella Man Screenwriter Producer Director $61.7M 2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are Actor 2005
29% The Alamo Producer $22.4M 2004
58% The Missing Producer Director $27M 2003
No Score Yet Into Thin Air Actor Executive Producer 2002
74% A Beautiful Mind Producer Director 2001
60% The Independent Himself 2001
55% Osmosis Jones Tom Colonic $12.4M 2001
No Score Yet Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens - A Life in Animation Actor 2000
50% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Director Producer $259.1M 2000
82% Beyond the Mat Producer 1999
64% EDtv Director Producer 1999
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood Actor 1998
31% Inventing the Abbotts Producer 1997
No Score Yet The Directors Actor 1997
No Score Yet Frank Capra's American Dream Narrator 1997
75% Ransom Director 1996
12% The Chamber Producer 1996
20% The Stupids Producer 1996
95% Apollo 13 Director 1995
88% The Paper Director 1994
48% Far and Away Director Producer 1992
74% Backdraft Director 1991
44% Closet Land Producer 1991
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
91% Parenthood Director Screenwriter 1989
62% Clean and Sober Executive Producer Producer 1988
5% Vibes Producer Executive Producer 1988
50% Willow Director 1988
50% No Man's Land Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry Opie Taylor 1986
33% Gung Ho Executive Producer Producer Director 1986
77% Cocoon Director 1985
90% Splash Director 1984
No Score Yet When Your Lover Leaves Actor 1983
92% Night Shift Director 1982
No Score Yet Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries 1981
No Score Yet Fire on the Mountain Actor 1981
No Score Yet Act of Love Leon Cybulkowski 1980
20% More American Graffiti Steve $8.2M 1979
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Actor 1978
No Score Yet Take a Hard Ride (Kid Vengeance) Halsey 1977
23% Grand Theft Auto Screenwriter Director Sam Freeman 1977
No Score Yet I'm a Fool Actor 1977
No Score Yet Eat My Dust! Hoover Niebold 1976
90% The Shootist Gillom Rogers 1976
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn 1975
No Score Yet The Spikes Gang Les 1974
No Score Yet The Migrants Lyle Barlow 1974
No Score Yet Persecution Dr. Ross 1974
96% American Graffiti Steve 1973
No Score Yet Run, Stranger, Run Johnny 1973
0% The Hunting Party Watt Nelson 1971
No Score Yet The Wild Country Virgil Tanner 1971
No Score Yet Smoke Chris 1970
No Score Yet Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death Director 1969
No Score Yet Deed of Daring-Do Director 1969
No Score Yet Africa---Texas Style! Actor 1967
0% Village of the Giants Genius 1965
60% The Courtship of Eddie's Father Eddie 1963
94% The Music Man Winthrop Paroo 1962
No Score Yet Door-to-Door Maniac Bobby 1961
No Score Yet The Journey Billy Rhinelander 1959
No Score Yet Old Paint Director

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2019
2017
2015
75% Arrested Development
2003-2019
Executive Producer Voice Narrator Narrator Producer 2019
2018
2013
2006
2005
2004
2003
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Opie Opie Taylor 2019
1968
1967
1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
70% Genius
2017-2019
Executive Producer Director 2018
2017
61% Mars
2016-2018
Executive Producer 2018
2016
No Score Yet Explorer
2009
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest 2017
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015-2017
Stanley 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2016
2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2016
2015
88% Parenthood
2010-2015
Executive Producer Producer 2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2015
2005
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2013
No Score Yet Curious George
2006-2015
Executive Producer Producer 2012
No Score Yet The Great Escape
2012
Executive Producer Producer 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2011
2002
No Score Yet Iconoclasts
2005-2012
Guest 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest 2009
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
Appearing 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2008
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2006
2004
No Score Yet My Life as a Teenage Robot
2003-2008
Director 2004
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 2002
1999
1998
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest 1999
No Score Yet The PJs
1999-2001
Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet Parenthood
1990-1991
Executive Producer Producer 1991
1990
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Richie Cunningham 1984
1983
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host 1982
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Richie Cunningham Richie 1979
1976
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Seth 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Wendell 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ted 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Jamie 1969
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Gus 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Wilcox Boy 1959
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Executive Producer
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
1998
Producer
23% Hiller and Diller
1997-1998
Executive Producer
90% Sports Night
1998-2000
Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Beast
2001
Executive Producer
67% The Movies
2019

QUOTES FROM Ron Howard CHARACTERS

Gillom Rogers says: Mr. Books, How is it you've killed so many men? My spread wasn't much bigger than yours.

Zaneeta Shinn says: It's indecent to meet boys at the footbridge!

Tommy Djilas says: he answers Zaneeta: First thing after supper?

Winthrop Paroo says: she answers Tommy: All right! Ye Gods!

Harold Hill says: Mothers of River City, heed that warning before it's too late! Watch for the telltale signs of corruption! The minute your son leaves the house, does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime-novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang? Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like "swell" and "so's your old man"? If so my friends, ya got trouble!

Harold Hill says: Mothers of River City, heed that warning before it's too late! Watch for the telltale signs of corruption! The minute your son leaves the house, does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime-novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang? Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like 'swell' and "so's your old man"? If so my friends, ya got trouble!

Winthrop Paroo says: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH! (Winthrop had an embarressing lisp)

Winthrop Paroo says: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH! [Winthrop had an embarressing lisp]

Harold Hill says: Ladies and gentlemen, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community!

Marcellus Washburn says: Well, ain't no call for a boys' band in this town. Anything these Iowa people don't have already, they do without.

Tommy Djilas says: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.

Tommy Djilas says: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.

Ron Howard says: After Grand Theft Auto premiered on television Roger said to me "This makes your 7.5% look really good. And my 92.5% look damn wonderful!

Ron Howard says: After Grand Theft Auto premiered on television Roger said to me 'This makes your 7.5% look really good. And my 92.5% look damn wonderful!'

Curt Henderson says: I'm telling you this was the most perfect, dazzling creature I've ever seen!

Steve Bolander says: She's gone. Forget it.

Curt Henderson says: She spoke to me, she spoke to me right through the window. I think she said I love you...That means nothing to you people?...You have no romance, no soul?...Someone wants me. Someone roaming the streets wants me...Will you turn the corner?

Curt Henderson says: She spoke to me, she spoke to me right through the window. I think she said I love you. That means nothing to you people? You have no romance, no soul? Someone wants me. Someone roaming the streets wants me. Will you turn the corner?

Steve Bolander says: Do you want to end up like John? You just can't stay 17 forever!

Steve Bolander says: You wanna end up like John? You just can't stay seventeen forever.