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      Ron Howard

      Ron Howard

      Highest Rated: 100% Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Vibes (1988)

      Birthday: Mar 1, 1954

      Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

      Ron Howard was an American actor, writer, director and producer whose wide range of directorial efforts, which include Splash" (1984), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Cinderella Man" (2005), and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), made him one of the rare filmmakers who consistently produced celebrated movies that are both critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing hits. Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, Howard began first came to prominence as a child actor in the 1960s. For eight seasons he played Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), making him a recognizable face to the millions of viewers who watched the wholesome family comedy each week. Whereas most child actors putter out by the time they reach adulthood, Howard's acting career continued to blossom well into his 20s. In addition to starring in films like George Lucas's Oscar-nominated high school drama "American Graffiti" (1973), Howard was able to play an even bigger role on television when he was cast as the affable Richie Cunningham on the hit ABC comedy "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984). After leaving "Happy Days" in 1980, Howard longed to be behind the camera directing movies. After directing the low budget film "Grand Theft Auto" in 1977, as well as a few other TV movies, Howard made his first big theatrical film in 1982 with "Night Shift." The film received mostly positive reviews, thus giving Howard the confidence he needed to continue making films for a living. Over the next two decades he would go on to make some of the most celebrated films of the 80s and 90s, including "Splash," "Cocoon" (1985), "Parenthood" (1989), "Backdraft" (1991), and "Apollo 13," the latter of which earned two Academy Awards. In 2002 Howard earned his first two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for the biographical drama "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). He would later earn Oscar nods for Best Picture and Director for 2008's "Frost/Nixon." In addition to acting and film directing, Howard was also a noted TV producer. Of the various shows he produced throughout his career, the most notable was arguably the Emmy Award-winning comedy "Arrested Development" (Fox/Netflix, 2003- ), of which he also served as narrator. By 2019 Howard, 65, had been working in show business consistently for over half a century and showed no signs of slowing down. In addition to directing a documentary on the life of the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, called simply "Pavarotti" (2019), he also had several other film projects in development, including a planned television adaptation of his classic 1988 fantasy film "Willow."

      Highest rated movies

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      No No: A Dockumentary
      American Graffiti poster American Graffiti The Music Man poster
      The Music Man
      The Shootist poster
      The Shootist
      The Courtship of Eddie's Father poster
      The Courtship of Eddie's Father
      Grand Theft Auto poster
      Grand Theft Auto
      More American Graffiti poster
      More American Graffiti
      Village of the Giants poster
      Village of the Giants

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman Executive Producer - 2023
      93% No Score Yet Judy Blume Forever Producer,
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      100% 82% Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues Executive Producer - 2022
      87% 69% Wedding Season Executive Producer - 2022
      86% 94% Thirteen Lives Director,
      Producer
      - 2022
      80% 75% Leave No Trace Executive Producer - 2022
      100% 91% We Feed People Director,
      Producer
      - 2022
      94% 81% Lucy and Desi Executive Producer - 2022
      91% 88% Downfall: The Case Against Boeing Executive Producer,
      Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beanie Bubble Producer - 2022
      100% No Score Yet Personality Crisis: One Night Only Executive Producer - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Tis the Season: The Holidays on Screen Self - 2022
      90% No Score Yet Paper & Glue Executive Producer - 2021
      96% 92% Julia Executive Producer $399.7K 2021
      88% 96% Tick, Tick... Boom! Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Curious George: Cape Ahoy Executive Producer - 2021
      89% 88% Who Are You, Charlie Brown? Executive Producer - 2021
      80% 67% The Day Sports Stood Still Executive Producer - 2021
      25% 82% Hillbilly Elegy Director,
      Producer
      - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Curious George: Go West, Go Wild Executive Producer - 2020
      93% 84% Rebuilding Paradise Director,
      Producer
      - 2020
      94% 81% Dads Self,
      Producer
      - 2019
      87% 97% Pavarotti Director,
      Producer
      $4.6M 2019
      69% 64% Solo: A Star Wars Story Director $213.8M 2018
      15% 44% The Dark Tower Producer $50.7M 2017
      No Score Yet 51% Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Self - 2016
      23% 36% Inferno Director,
      Producer
      $34.3M 2016
      96% 89% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years Director,
      Producer
      $2.9M 2016
      93% 78% Prophet's Prey Executive Producer $13.5K 2015
      42% 53% In the Heart of the Sea Director,
      Producer
      $23.1M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Sex & Kung Fu Cinematographer - 2015
      86% 82% The Good Lie Producer $2.7M 2014
      97% 81% No No: A Dockumentary Unknown (Character) - 2014
      55% 33% Made in America Director,
      Producer
      - 2013
      88% 88% Rush Director,
      Producer
      $26.9M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dream of Flying Producer - 2013
      38% 48% Restless Producer $163.1K 2011
      44% 43% Cowboys & Aliens Producer $100.2M 2011
      24% 29% The Dilemma Director,
      Producer
      $48.4M 2011
      No Score Yet 50% Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey Producer - 2009
      37% 57% Angels & Demons Director,
      Producer
      $133.4M 2009
      93% 88% Frost/Nixon Director,
      Producer
      $18.6M 2008
      62% 82% Changeling Producer $35.7M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film Unknown (Character) - 2008
      25% 57% The Da Vinci Code Director $217.5M 2006
      70% 69% Curious George Producer $58.3M 2006
      80% 91% Cinderella Man Director $61.6M 2005
      82% 67% Inside Deep Throat Producer $653.6K 2005
      88% 66% Tell Them Who You Are Self $38.6K 2004
      29% 45% The Alamo Producer $22.4M 2004
      58% 50% The Missing Director,
      Producer
      $26.9M 2003
      74% 93% A Beautiful Mind Director,
      Producer
      $170.7M 2001
      56% 42% Osmosis Jones Tom Colonic (Voice) $13.6M 2001
      60% 49% The Independent Self $238.4K 2000
      49% 56% How the Grinch Stole Christmas Director $260.4M 2000
      82% 83% Beyond the Mat Producer $2.0M 1999
      64% 30% EDtv Director,
      Producer
      $22.4M 1999
      33% 51% Inventing the Abbotts Producer $5.9M 1997
      No Score Yet 83% Frank Capra's American Dream Narrator - 1997
      74% 62% Ransom Director $136.5M 1996
      15% 39% The Chamber Producer $14.4M 1996
      96% 87% Apollo 13 Director $173.8M 1995
      88% 66% The Paper Director $36.6M 1994
      50% 62% Far and Away Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $58.2M 1992
      75% 75% Backdraft Director $75.7M 1991
      92% 76% Parenthood Director $99.6M 1989
      13% 61% Vibes Executive Producer $1.7M 1988
      53% 79% Willow Director $55.6M 1988
      33% 46% Gung Ho Director $36.4M 1986
      No Score Yet 70% Return to Mayberry Opie Taylor (Character) - 1986
      76% 60% Cocoon Director $75.9M 1985
      91% 58% Splash Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Your Lover Leaves Producer - 1983
      93% 63% Night Shift Director - 1982
      No Score Yet 88% Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire on the Mountain Lee Mackie (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leo and Loree Executive Producer - 1980
      No Score Yet 40% Act of Love Leon Cybulkowski (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tut and Tuttle Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Skyward Director - 1980
      20% 33% More American Graffiti Steve Bolander (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Through the Magic Pyramid Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cotton Candy Director - 1978
      29% 34% Grand Theft Auto Sam Freeman (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1977
      83% 88% The Shootist Gillom Rogers (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 35% Eat My Dust! Hoover Niebold (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 38% Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Migrants Lyle Barlow (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 44% The Spikes Gang Les (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Locusts Donny Fletcher (Character) - 1974
      96% 84% American Graffiti Steve Bolander (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 55% Happy Mother's Day, Love George Johnny (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Country Virgil Tanner (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoke Chris (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Boy Called Nuthin' Richie "Nuthin" Caldwell (Character) - 1968
      17% 20% Village of the Giants Genius (Character) - 1965
      60% 68% The Courtship of Eddie's Father Eddie Corbett (Character) - 1963
      94% 85% The Music Man Winthrop Paroo (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 31% Five Minutes to Live Bobby Wilson (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 79% The Journey Billy Rhinelander (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Woman Crying Child (Character) - 1956

      TV

      Credit
      86% 65% Willow Executive Producer 2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tiny Chef Executive Producer 2022
      No Score Yet 50% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018 2022
      100% 93% Light & Magic Executive Producer 2022
      No Score Yet 55% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021-2022
      86% 38% Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies & the Internet Executive Producer 2022
      86% 80% Under the Banner of Heaven Executive Producer 2022
      No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021-2022
      76% 48% Crime Scene Executive Producer 2021
      60% 54% Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol Executive Producer 2021
      No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2015 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2015 2021
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      83% No Score Yet Gossip Executive Producer 2021
      70% 66% Genius Executive Producer,
      Director
      2017-2018 2021
      No Score Yet 92% The Astronauts Executive Producer 2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Pointe Executive Producer 2020
      88% 39% 68 Whiskey Executive Producer 2020
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015 2017 2019
      75% 85% Arrested Development Ron Howard / Narrator (Guest Star),
      Self,
      Executive Producer
      2003-2006 2013 2018-2019
      No Score Yet 58% Mars Executive Producer 2018
      No Score Yet 50% 20/20 Guest 2018
      94% 78% This Is Us Himself (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breakthrough Executive Producer,
      Director,
      Narrator
      2015 2017
      No Score Yet 66% The Odd Couple Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2015-2016
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2015
      88% 94% Parenthood Executive Producer 2010-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 69% Top Gear Guest 2013
      38% No Score Yet The Great Escape Executive Producer 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Story Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999 2002 2008 2011
      No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2009
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009
      No Score Yet 68% Felicity Executive Producer 1998-2002
      30% No Score Yet The Beast Executive Producer 2001
      90% 92% Sports Night Executive Producer 1998-2000
      93% No Score Yet Wonderland Executive Producer 2000
      85% 75% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1999
      95% 93% Frasier Stephen (Guest Voice) 1999
      No Score Yet 50% From the Earth to the Moon Producer 1998
      23% No Score Yet Hiller and Diller Executive Producer 1997-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Parenthood Executive Producer 1990-1991
      No Score Yet 60% Happy Days Richie Cunningham (Character) 1974-1980 1982-1984
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Host 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Richie Cunningham (Voice) 1980-1981
      No Score Yet 100% Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1976-1977 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet 90% M*A*S*H Wendell (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Gary (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Chris (Character) 1970
      No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Jamie Barker (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentle Ben Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lancer Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor (Character) 1960-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Opie Taylor (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Gus (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Chet Duncan (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dobie Gillis Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
      84% 95% The Twilight Zone Wilcox Boy (Character) 1959