Only a few people in Hollywood can genuinely beat their chest to succeeding as both an actor and a filmmaker and Ron Howard counts among the few. Howard first found fame as a child actor and went on to appear in several unforgettable sitcoms such as Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show. Since the 70s, Howard has successfully diversified into film making and has directed several highly-acclaimed movies. One of his most notable films is the 2001 biopic, A Beautiful Mind, which fetched him two Academy Awards.
Ron Howard’s Bio (Age)
Ronald William Howard was born on the 1st day of March 1954 in the town of Duncan, Oklahoma. He grew up in various parts of California and obtained his high school diploma from John Burroughs High School Burbank. He thereafter studied filmmaking at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, but dropped out after two years.
Ron Howard commenced his Hollywood career when he was just 18 months old; appearing on the 1953 movie, Frontier Woman. After this debut, he continued acting and featured in a string of movies/TV series all throughout his childhood. Howard finally got his breakthrough in 1960 when he landed a part on the situational comedy, The Andy Griffith Show. The show revolved around the widowed sheriff of a small town, Andy Griffith, and he played the role of his precocious son, Opie.
Ron Howard would go on to appear in more than 200 episodes of the sitcom between 1960 and 1968. Since his days on The Andy Griffith Show, Howard has appeared in other TV series such as Happy Days, The Smith Family and Arrested Development. He has also featured in several movies including American Graffiti, The Shootist, Grand Theft Auto, The Music Man and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.
Ron Howard’s Family – Wife, Daughter and Brother
Howard is married to his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Howard (nee Alley). Cheryl is a native of California and was born on the 23rd of December 1953. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the California State University Northridge. She also has an MFA in screenwriting. Cheryl has authored several books and has also scored minor parts in many of her husband’s films.
Howard and his wife first started dating when they were both students at John Burroughs High School. They later tied the knot on the 7th of June 1975 and have been together ever since then. The director has since disclosed that the secret to their longevity is communication, as well as an element of luck.
Ron Howard has three daughters namely; Bryce Dallas, Paige, Jocelyn (Paige and Jocelyn are twins) and one son named Reed. Bryce and Paige are the only ones who have followed their father’s footsteps into Hollywood. Bryce has appeared in movies such as Jurassic World, The Help, Spider Man 3, The Village, Lady in the Water and As You Like It (which fetched her a Golden Globe nomination for best-supporting actress in a TV movie or miniseries). She is married to actor, Seth Gobel, and they have two kids together.
Paige has appeared in several movies and TV series including Arrested Development, Medium, 90210, Adventureland and The Employer. She also received the award for the best-supporting actress at the 2013 Los Angeles Movie Awards.
Ron Howard hails from a family of four. His father, Rance, was an actor as well as a director while his mom, Jean Speegle, was an actress. Both of his parents are now late. The respected filmmaker also has a younger brother named Clint Howard. Clint is also an actor. He has appeared in numerous movies and TV series including Gentle Ben, The Baileys of Balboa, Mad Families, Sand Castles, Assault on Wall Street, The Dilemma, Halloween, and Waterboy. Clint Howard was previously married to a lady named Melanie but they divorced in 2017 after 12 years of marriage.
Ron Howard has a net worth estimated at $160 million. His significant fortune stems from earnings from his illustrious career. Asides from acting, the Duncan native is a respected filmmaker and also owns his own production company. Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the action/comedy film, Grand Theft Auto. Since then, he has released several movies and documentaries including Made in America, Parenthood, Cinderella Man, In The Heart of The Sea, Genius, Night Shift, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Splash, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, Rush, Solo: A Star Wars Story and A Beautiful Mind.
A Beautiful Mind is a biopic about the life of maths genius/Nobel Prize winner, John Nash, and his struggle with schizophrenia. The movie was both a critical and commercial success and grossed $313 million on a budget of $58 million. It also received eight Oscar nominations out of which it won four, including the Oscar for best director and best picture.