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Ron Howard

Lowest Rated:   0% Village of the Giants (1965)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film
  • Director
2018
No Score Yet American Made
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet The Dark Tower
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Splash
  • Producer
2017
19% Inferno
  • Director
  • Producer
$34.4M 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
  • Producer
  • Director
$3M 2016
No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair
  • Director
2016
42% In the Heart of the Sea
  • Director
  • Producer
$19.1M 2015
92% Prophet's Prey
  • Executive Producer
$14k 2015
53% Champs
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Beatles
  • Director
2015
88% The Good Lie
  • Producer
2014
56% Made in America
  • Producer
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots
  • Executive Producer
2014
89% Rush
  • Producer
  • Director
$22.5M 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Philosophy Club President
$0.7M 2013
No Score Yet Katy Perry: Part Of Me Fan Sneaks
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D Fan Sneaks
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Arrested Development
  • Actor
2011
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Ron Howard
$7.5k 2011
43% J. Edgar
  • Producer
$37.4M 2011
36% Restless
  • Producer
$0.2M 2011
43% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Producer
$100.3M 2011
24% The Dilemma
  • Director
  • Producer
$48.5M 2011
No Score Yet When You Find Me
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Nash
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Blue Crush 2
  • Producer
2011
67% Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story
  • Actor
2010
37% Angels & Demons
  • Director
  • Producer
$133.4M 2009
No Score Yet Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film
  • Actor
2008
92% Frost/Nixon
  • Director
  • Producer
$18.6M 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
69% Curious George
  • Producer
$58.4M 2006
No Score Yet Cannes: All Access
  • Actor
2006
80% Cinderella Man
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$61.6M 2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
29% The Alamo
  • Producer
$22.4M 2004
58% The Missing
  • Director
  • Producer
$26.9M 2003
No Score Yet Into Thin Air
  • Executive Producer
2002
75% 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
53% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Producer
  • Director
$259.1M 2000
82% Beyond the Mat
  • Producer
1999
63% EDtv
  • Producer
  • Director
1999
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
21% The Stupids
  • Producer
1996
95% Apollo 13
  • Director
1995
88% The Paper
  • Director
1994
50% Far and Away
  • Producer
  • Director
1992
73% Backdraft
  • Director
1991
44% Closet Land
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet First Works
  • Actor
1989
93% Parenthood
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
58% Clean and Sober
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1988
6% Vibes
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1988
48% Willow
  • Director
1988
50% No Man's Land
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry
  • Opie Taylor
1986
35% Gung Ho
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1986
80% Cocoon
  • Director
1985
92% Splash
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet When Your Lover Leaves
  • Actor
1983
95% 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
22% 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
25% Grand Theft Auto
  • Sam Freeman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet I'm a Fool
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Eat My Dust!
  • Hoover Niebold
1976
93% 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
95% American Graffiti
  • Steve
1973
No Score Yet Run, Stranger, Run
  • Johnny
1973
No Score Yet The Hunting Party
  • Watt Nelson
1971
No Score Yet The Wild Country
  • Virgil Tanner
1971
No Score Yet Smoke
  • Chris
1970
No Score Yet Deed of Daring-Do
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Africa---Texas Style!
  • Actor
1967
0% Village of the Giants
  • Genius
1965
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% Genius
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
  • 2016
61% Mars
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015
  • Stanley
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
90% Parenthood
2010-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2005
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Voice
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
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 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 Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Wilcox Boy
  • 1959
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Executive Producer

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