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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.



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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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Chris Hemsworth's 'In The Heart Of The Sea' Sinks At US Box Office


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It’s only a week to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres, so this weekend was the last chance that any new release had to make an impact in 2015. But sadly for Chris Hemsworth’s In The Heart Of The Sea audiences did not flock to see the whaling adventure, leaving it sinking at the US box.

Chris Hemsworth In The Heart Of The SeaChris Hemsworth stars in In The Heart Of The Sea.

The film only managed to bring in $11million at the US box office over the weekend from 3,103 theatres, meaning it debuted in the number two spot. The low opening was bad news for studio Warner Bros, as the film reportedly cost an estimated $100 million to make.

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In The Heart Of The Sea Was A No Brainer For Chris Hemsworth


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Chris Hemsworth was filming the Formula One drama Rush at the time, and handed the script to director Ron Howard. And they reteamed to get it made.

"Very rarely do you read something and you are properly transported to another place," Hemsworth says. "It had that effect on me, and I kept thinking about it and the questions it raised and forces you to ask. It was also an opportunity to do something that's visually stunning on a big epic scale, but was a drama. That's a combination I hadn't seen a lot of, and I don't think has been made as much."

Chris Hemsworth plays the first mate on the shipChris Hemsworth plays the first mate on the ship

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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...

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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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Chris Hemsworth: 'Weight Loss Led To Inconsistent Emotions'


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The 32-year-old hunk had to drop 33 pounds (14.9 kilograms) on a diet of 500 calories a day in just four weeks for his role in Ron Howard's new drama In the Heart of the Sea.

The star has made no secret of how much of an effort it was to shift the weight from his frame, and admits he finds it so much easier to put on the same amount of weight to play Marvel superhero Thor.

"The gaining is fine, you just eat a lot and you lift weights but that was underfed, which led to a pretty moody existence and inconsistent emotions," he said during an appearance on Good Morning America. "You play all sorts of games: 'If I eat this maybe I don't eat that'. The insanity is nuts."

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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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Ron Howard

Date of birth

1st March, 1954

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

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