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Old 03-01-2017, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default March 1: Happy Birthday Ron Howard

America could be said to have watched Ron Howard, who is 63 today, grow up on our television screens and in movie theaters. He was only six when he began an eight-season run as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. During the show’s run he also appeared in prominent feature film roles such as Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man and Eddie Corbett in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.

When his run on Andy Griffith ended, Howard had a few low-profile years, but he soon was back on the big and small screens. In 1972 he was cast as a teenager named Richie Cunningham in an episode of the anthology series Love, American Style. That led to two big developments. First, George Lucas cast Howard in a major role in American Graffiti, which was a huge hit. Second, the episode led to the creation of the hit series Happy Days, which starred Howard in, again, the role of Richie Cunningham.

During his time on Happy Days, Howard decided he really wanted to get into directing. He directed his first feature, Grand Theft Auto, while still on the show, and left the series in 1980 to begin a full-time directing career. Since then he has been a fixture in mainstream Hollywood. Some of his films have been successful (Cocoon, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Da Vinci Code), while others have not (Far and Away, EDtv), but never to the point where he can’t get financing for his next project. He won two Oscars for producing and directing A Beautiful Mind, and was nominated in the same two categories for Frost/Nixon.
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