Ron Howard

American film director, producer, and actor

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

Ron Howard
Ronald William Howard

(1954-03-01) March 1, 1954 (age 70)
Occupation(s)Celebrity, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseCheryl Alley (m. 1975)
ChildrenBryce Dallas Howard
Paige Howard
Jocelyn Howard
Reed Howard
Parent(s)Jean Speegle Howard
Rance Howard
RelativesClint Howard (brother)

Ron Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma. His father is actor Rance Howard. He started acting as a young child. As an actor he was best known for his roles on television, as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. He appeared in movies like The Music Man (1962) and American Graffiti (1973).

He later quit acting and became a director. Some of the movies he has directed are: Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Parenthood (1989), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Cinderella Man (2005).

His father Rance Howard, brother Clint Howard and daughters Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard are also actors, as was his mother, Jean Speegle Howard.[1]

Recently, he returned to television and made the TV show Arrested Development.


  1. "Ron Howard Biography (1954–)". Retrieved March 5, 2010.

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