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Ron Howard (born 1.3.1954) Ron Howard is an American film producer and director. He rose to fame, however, working as an actor in The Andy Griffith Show and on Happy Days.

Childhood: Ron Howard was born to Jean and Rance Howard, in Duncan Oklahoma. The family then moved to Burbank in California. Ron graduated from John Burroughs High School and then went on to attend the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, though he did not graduate.

Career: Ron Howard's debut film role was in The Journey, in 1959, with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. He then appeared in The DuPont Show with June Allyson, as well as The Twilight Zone.

In 1960, Howard was cast as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show. He revised the role in 1968, when he starred with Griffiths in Return to Mayberry. In the 1962 film The Music Man, Ron Howard played Winthrop Paroo, alongside Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. The following year, he starred in The Courtship of Eddie's Father with Glenn Ford and in 1966, he appeared in an episode of the NBC series I Spy, which starred Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. He also made a guest appearance on M*A*S*H.

In George Lucas' American Graffiti, released in 1973, Ron Howard played the role of Steve Bollander, with Richard Dreyfuss also in a starring role. It was this performance that led to Howard being given the role of Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. His character was the opposite to Henry Winkler's character, 'The Fonz' (Arthur Fonzarelli). At the same time as appearing in Happy Days, Ron Howard also directed his first feature film, Grand Theft Auto.

In 1976, Ron Howard starred in The Shootist, with John Wayne (in one of his last films) and Lauren Bacall.

In 1982, Howard then starred in Night Shift, his big theatrical break, with Michael Keaton, Henry Winkler and Shelley Long.

When Howard moved away from acting and into directing, he worked on a number of high profile and successful films, such as Splash, which propelled the careers of Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, as well as starring John Candy. He also directed Steve Martin and Martha Plimpton in Parenthood, Don Ameche and Jessica Tandy in Cocoon, Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis in Willow and Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13. The later was nominated for nine Oscars, winning two of them.

Ron Howard's next film, A Beautiful Mind, earned him the Best Director Oscar. The film starred Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

In 2005, Ron Howard directed Russell Crowe again, this time in Cinderella Man, as well as Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti.

Howard then took on the directorial role for the film adaptations of Dan Browns best-selling novels, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. The films starred Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor and Audrey Tautou.

Ron Howard was then nominated for the Best Director Oscar once more for Frost/Nixon. The film was the story of TV presenter David Frost and the US president Richard Nixon. The title roles were played by Frank Langella and Martin Sheen.

Ron Howard is also the co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, which has released a number of notable film projects such as Friday Night Lights (Billy Bob Thornton), 8 Mile (Eminem) and TV series such as 24, starring Keifer Sutherland. Howard also narrates the popular TV comedy series Arrested Development, starring Jason Bateman.

Personal Life: Ron Howard married his childhood sweetheart, Cheryl Alley in 1975. They have four children and one grandchild.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Christopher Nolan Opposes Home Movie Service


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Screening Room is a controversial start-up which plans to release box office films to subscribers at home on the same day as they hit movie theatres.

The brainchild of Napster's Sean Parker and his business partner Prem Akkaraju, Screening Room will offer new releases for $50 (£34) per 48-hour view. Customers will also pay $150 (£104) for access to the technology, which is said to be piracy-proof.

Now, Inception director Christopher has aligned himself with James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau in opposition to the proposal.

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Ron Howard To Pull Pinocchio's Strings


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Anderson was hired to write the script about the wooden puppet who becomes a boy last summer (15), while he was in talks to also take charge of the adaptation, which had previously been touted as possible directing vehicles for Ben Stiller and Tim Burton.

However, he dropped out in November (15), and now A Beautiful Mind filmmaker Howard has been drafted in to move the project forward, according to Tracking-Board.com.

A new screenwriter has yet to be announced.

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Chris Hemsworth Condemns Modern-day Whaling


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The Thor star plays a shipwrecked whale hunter in Ron Howard's new movie In The Heart Of The Sea, which documents the real life sinking of a whaling ship in the Pacific Ocean in 1820 - the disaster which inspired Herman Melville's classic tale Moby-DICk.

Authorities in Japan recently gave the green light for the hunting of minke whales to resume in the Antarctic following a suspension last year (14), and Chris was asked about the latest developments during an interview with BBC Breakfast.

The actor spoke out against the practice and insisted the industry portrayed in the film is completely different because hundreds of years ago, sailors only went hunting in a desperate bid to feed their families.

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In The Heart Of The Sea Review

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With a huge budget and a relatively small story, this is an intriguingly offbeat blockbuster that might struggle to find an audience. Basically, it's aimed at fans of more thoughtful, personal stories of tenacity and survival, but it's shot with a massive special effects budget that sometimes seems to swamp the drama. Still, it's involving and moving. And it's also fascinatingly based on the true events that inspired Moby Dick.

The story is framed in 1850 as novelist Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) visits an ageing sailor named Tom (Brendan Gleeson) to quiz him about a momentous event in his past that he has never spoken of. Flash back to 1820 Nantucket, and Tom (Tom Holland) is a rookie crew member on the whaling ship Essex, working under the posh, privileged Captain George (Benjamin Walker) and his able but low-class first mate Owen (Chris Hemsworth). As these these two leaders clash against each other, the ship sails off for what will be a very long journey. Eventually they head into the Pacific in search of a mythical pod of whales. But when they find it, they run afoul of a gigantic white whale that takes their arrival personally, sinking their ship and pursuing the survivors in their lifeboats.

All of this is staged as an epic battle between humanity and nature, with layers of interest in the way these men strain to survive against unimaginable odds. It's a riveting story, beautifully shot and rendered with immersive effects. And the cast members create complex characters who are profoundly changed by their experience. Not only is there mammoth action, but there's plenty of barbed interaction and even some strongly emotional moments that bring the themes home to a modern audience. Sometimes this aspect feels a bit corny, as clearly whalers at the time wouldn't feel remorse about killing one of these majestic creatures. But we would.

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Ron Howard - In The Heart Of The Sea Interview


An Interview With Ron Howard about In The Heart Of The Sea

Ron Howard has always been an ambitious director but his latest film In The Heart Of The Sea is arguably his hardest production to date.

Here Ron talks about some of the modern day filming and production methods he used to try and get the maximum out of the film - in stark contrast to other sea based movies which might require the audience to slightly suspend their disbelief to get the most out of them.
He also talks about some of the predicaments they encountered whilst trying to make such a cinematic film whilst shooting on the ocean.

Ron Howard also talks about how he originally found the script (through Chris Hemsworth who also stars.)

Ron Howard Had To Audition For Happy Days Lead Twice


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Howard signed on for the role when he was 17 in a desperate bid to avoid the U.S. draft.

"I'd already been accepted to USC (University of Southern California) Film School but my draft number was 41, and that's a bad draft number and there were no more deferments and I thought, 'Well I don't really wanna fight, I don't really wanna go to Canada, I really wanna be a director...' he tells sports host Dan Patrick.

"I thought that somehow Paramount Studios and ABC will figure out how to keep me outta the jungle if I'm on their TV show."

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Ron Howard: 'My Wife Is A Movie Lucky Charm'


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The director's future wife appeared in Howard's first film when they were in high school together and the short western was such a hit, Ron decided to cast her again and again.

Then his career behind the camera took off and the Apollo 13 filmmaker started getting superstitious, and insisted Cheryl and his brother Clint appeared in his films.

"She's not an actress and she doesn't even particularly like doing it," Ron tells U.S. actor and broadcaster Dan Patrick. "We met in high school and the first movie that I was making... was a short film and I was gonna enter it in the Kodak Teenage Filmmakers contest...

Continue reading: Ron Howard: 'My Wife Is A Movie Lucky Charm'

New York Premiere Of 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker, Chris Hemsworth , Ron Howard - New York premiere of 'In the Heart of the Sea' held at Frederick P. Rose Hall -Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 7th December 2015

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New York Premiere Of "In The Heart Of The Sea"

Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth , Ron Howard - New York Premiere of "In The Heart of The Sea" held at Jazz at Lincoln Center - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Monday 7th December 2015

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The Heart Of The Sea Film Premiere Held At Empire Cinema

Ron Howard - The Heart Of The Sea film premiere held at Empire cinema - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

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'In The Heart Of The Sea' U.K. Premiere - Arrivals

Ron Howard - 'In the Heart of the Sea' U.K. premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

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The European Premiere Of 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Ron Howard - The European Premiere of 'In The Heart Of The Sea' held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

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Chris Hemsworth Sympathised With Wife For Putting Up With Starvation Mood Swings


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The Thor star battled constant hunger pangs as he drastically slimmed down to portray a shipwrecked sailor for director Ron Howard's real-life maritime epic, which documents the sinking of a whaling ship in the Pacific Ocean in 1820 - the disaster which inspired Herman Melville's classic tale Moby-DICk.

"The physical transformation from the very beginning we all had somewhat of a goal we all wanted to get to, which was look as skinny as possible and beat to hell as we could possibly make ourselves look," Chris explains. "We started on one diet, normal 2,000 calories, and then each week we'd reduce that intake until the last couple of weeks where it was down to 500!"

The lack of nourishment caused Chris to experience a range of differing moods from one moment to the next, and his actress wife couldn't do anything about it.

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In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer


In The Heart Of The Sea is the true seaman's tale based on the last outing of the Whaling Ship Essex. After setting sale from the port on Nantuckett the 20 man crew expect their journey to be much like the others they've been on, very long and tough but on an old but very trusty ship.

After leaving the port, almost immediately the men are hit by a powerful storm which damages the boat. knowing they must make money and make the trip profitable before returning home, the men continue with their mission. After months of good fishing, the men doc at various ports for supplies. Almost a year into their trip and the Essex is struck by a gigantic whale which causes irreparable damage to the ship's hull.

Stuck with no other choice the surviving men must board one of the incredibly small whaling boats that they have on board. The remaining crew members find themselves stuck in a life-threatening situation, 1000 miles from land, incredibly tight rations and stuck at sea for an unknown amount of time, the crew must find a way to endure - both mentally and physically.

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Bryce Dallas Howard Determined To Keep Kids Out Of Hollywood Spotlight


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The Jurassic World star was never exposed to the glitz of Tinseltown as a child, even though her father is acclaimed filmmaker Ron Howard, and she follows his parenting rules, insisting her two kids never attend premieres or any other Hollywood function.

"What my parents did that was great was they exposed all of us to movie sets and making movies and the crew," she tells People.com. "We had a very deep understanding of the kind of work that my dad did, (but) we weren't exposed to the side of the industry that's perceived as being more glamorous, where actors are coddled and where there's a certain level of celebrity. We were completely sheltered from that. I think that that was a good call."

While Howard is keen to keep her kids humble, she has carried on a family tradition of allowing them to appear in a film on their seventh birthday. Earlier this year (15), her son Theo appeared as an extra in Jurassic World.

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Ron Howard

Date of birth

1st March, 1954

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.75




Ron Howard Movies

In the Heart of the Sea Movie Review

In the Heart of the Sea Movie Review

With a huge budget and a relatively small story, this is an intriguingly offbeat blockbuster...

In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer

In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer

In The Heart Of The Sea is the true seaman's tale based on the last...

In The Heart of The Sea Trailer

In The Heart of The Sea Trailer

In August of 1819, The Essex set sail from New England. The whaling ship set...

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Corman's World Trailer

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Cowboys & Aliens Movie Review

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With such a blatant B-movie title, this well-made film really should be more fun to...

The Dilemma Trailer

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Ronny and Nick are best buddies and business partners, their partners are good friends and...

Frost/Nixon Trailer

Frost/Nixon Trailer

Watch the trailer for Frost/Nixon It's hard to believe when UK journalist David Frost originally...

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