Ron HowardRonald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.
Howard first came to prominence 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) and the comedy film ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'' (1963). He also appeared in an episode of Land of the Giants 1968. In 1973, he played Steve Bolander in the classic coming-of-age film ''American Graffiti'' (1973). In 1974, Howard became a household name playing teenager Richie Cunningham in the sitcom ''Happy Days'', continuing in the role for seven years. Howard continued making films during this time, appearing in the western film ''The Shootist'' (1976) and the comedy film ''Grand Theft Auto'' (1977), which he also directed.
In 1980, Howard left ''Happy Days'' to focus on directing. His films include the science-fiction/fantasy film ''Cocoon'' (1985), the high fantasy film ''Willow'' (1988), the historical docudrama ''Apollo 13'' (1995) (earning him the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures), the biographical drama ''A Beautiful Mind'' (2001) (earning him the Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture), the thriller ''The Da Vinci Code'' (2006), the historical drama ''Frost/Nixon'' (2008) (nominated for Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards) and ''Solo: A Star Wars Story'' (2018).
Since 2003, Howard has narrated the Fox (later Netflix) comedy series ''Arrested Development'', on which he also served as an executive producer and played a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries. Provided by Wikipedia