Ron Howard

Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest-starring in several television series, including an episode of The Twilight Zone. He gained national attention for playing young Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith) in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 through 1968. During this time, he also appeared in the musical film The Music Man (1962), a critical and commercial success. He was credited as Ronny Howard in his film and television appearances from 1959 to 1973. Howard was cast in one of the lead roles in the coming-of-age film American Graffiti (1973), which received widespread acclaim and became one of the most profitable films in history. The following year, Howard became a household name for playing Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days, a role he would play from 1974 through 1984. Howard continued appearing in films during this time, such as the western film The Shootist (1976) and the comedy film Grand Theft Auto (1977), which also marked his directorial debut. In 1984, Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing, producing and occasionally writing variety films and television series. His films include the science-fiction/fantasy Cocoon (1985), the fantasy Willow (1988), the thriller Backdraft (1991), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995), the Christmas comedy How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), the biographical drama A ...

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Ed Harris  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Christopher Plummer

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Ed Harris  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Christopher Plummer

Rush (2013)

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A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Daniel Brühl  •  Chris Hemsworth  •  Olivia Wilde  •  Alexandra Maria Lara

A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Daniel Brühl  •  Chris Hemsworth  •  Olivia Wilde  •  Alexandra Maria Lara

American Graffiti (1973)

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A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Ron Howard  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Charles Martin Smith

A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Ron Howard  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Charles Martin Smith

Angels & Demons (2009)

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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is recruited by the Vatican to investigate the apparent return of the Illuminati - a secret, underground organization - after four cardinals are kidnapped on the night of the papal conclave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Ayelet Zurer  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is recruited by the Vatican to investigate the apparent return of the Illuminati - a secret, underground organization - after four cardinals are kidnapped on the night of the papal conclave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Ayelet Zurer  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Apollo 13 (1995)

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The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Bill Paxton  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Gary Sinise

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Bill Paxton  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Gary Sinise

Cinderella Man (2005)

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The true story of boxer Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s following his retirement, makes a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Craig Bierko

The true story of boxer Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s following his retirement, makes a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Craig Bierko

Far and Away (1992)

A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big giveaway in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving money. The man becomes a local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Thomas Gibson  •  Robert Prosky

A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big giveaway in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving money. The man becomes a local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Thomas Gibson  •  Robert Prosky

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Christine Baranski

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Christine Baranski

Night Shift (1982)

A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Henry Winkler  •  Michael Keaton  •  Shelley Long  •  Gina Hecht

A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Henry Winkler  •  Michael Keaton  •  Shelley Long  •  Gina Hecht

Osmosis Jones (2001)

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A white blood cell policeman, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Farrelly  •  Peter Farrelly
CAST:  Chris Rock  •  Laurence Fishburne  •  David Hyde Pierce  •  Brandy Norwood

A white blood cell policeman, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Farrelly  •  Peter Farrelly
CAST:  Chris Rock  •  Laurence Fishburne  •  David Hyde Pierce  •  Brandy Norwood

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the 'black sheep' of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Tom Hulce  •  Rick Moranis  •  Martha Plimpton

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the 'black sheep' of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Tom Hulce  •  Rick Moranis  •  Martha Plimpton

Ransom (1996)

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When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Gary Sinise  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Rene Russo

When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Gary Sinise  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Rene Russo

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Audrey Tautou  •  Ian McKellen  •  Paul Bettany

A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Audrey Tautou  •  Ian McKellen  •  Paul Bettany

The Missing (2003)

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When rancher and single mother of two Maggie Gilkeson sees her teenage daughter, Lily, kidnapped by Apache rebels, she reluctantly accepts the help of her estranged father, Samuel, in tracking down the kidnappers. Along the way, the two must learn to reconcile the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Jenna Boyd

When rancher and single mother of two Maggie Gilkeson sees her teenage daughter, Lily, kidnapped by Apache rebels, she reluctantly accepts the help of her estranged father, Samuel, in tracking down the kidnappers. Along the way, the two must learn to reconcile the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Jenna Boyd

The Music Man (1962)

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A con man comes to an Iowa town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morton DaCosta
CAST:  Robert Preston  •  Shirley Jones  •  Buddy Hackett  •  Ron Howard

A con man comes to an Iowa town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morton DaCosta
CAST:  Robert Preston  •  Shirley Jones  •  Buddy Hackett  •  Ron Howard

The Paper (1994)

Henry Hackett is the workaholic editor of a New York City tabloid. He loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet-man Alicia Clark—Henry's nemesis—impose unpopular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Duvall  •  Glenn Close  •  Marisa Tomei

Henry Hackett is the workaholic editor of a New York City tabloid. He loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet-man Alicia Clark—Henry's nemesis—impose unpopular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Duvall  •  Glenn Close  •  Marisa Tomei

The Shootist (1976)

Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Ron Howard  •  James Stewart

Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Ron Howard  •  James Stewart

Village of the Giants (1965)

"Genius" accidentally invents "goo" which causes living things to rapidly grow to an enormous size. Seeing an opportunity to get rich, some delinquent teenagers steal the "goo" and, as a result of a sophomoric dare, consume it themselves and become thirty feet tall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bert I. Gordon
CAST:  Tommy Kirk  •  Ron Howard  •  Beau Bridges  •  Johnny Crawford

"Genius" accidentally invents "goo" which causes living things to rapidly grow to an enormous size. Seeing an opportunity to get rich, some delinquent teenagers steal the "goo" and, as a result of a sophomoric dare, consume it themselves and become thirty feet tall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bert I. Gordon
CAST:  Tommy Kirk  •  Ron Howard  •  Beau Bridges  •  Johnny Crawford

Return to Mayberry (1986)

After being away for awhile, Andy Taylor returns home to Mayberry to visit Opie, now an expectant father. While there he ends up helping Barney Fife mount a campaign for sheriff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Sweeney
CAST:  Andy Griffith  •  Ron Howard  •  Don Knotts  •  Jim Nabors

After being away for awhile, Andy Taylor returns home to Mayberry to visit Opie, now an expectant father. While there he ends up helping Barney Fife mount a campaign for sheriff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Sweeney
CAST:  Andy Griffith  •  Ron Howard  •  Don Knotts  •  Jim Nabors

Splash (1984)

A successful businessman falls in love with the girl of his dreams. There's one big complication though; he's fallen hook, line and sinker for a mermaid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Eugene Levy  •  John Candy

A successful businessman falls in love with the girl of his dreams. There's one big complication though; he's fallen hook, line and sinker for a mermaid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Eugene Levy  •  John Candy
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