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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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The Beatles Helped Break Down Racial Segregation By Refusing To Perform


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The world's most successful pop group The Beatles is re-visited in Ron Howard's comprehensive documentary 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week', released today. They were a band that had a massive impact on the pop culture in the 60s, but also on the political views of the world, in particular - it has emerged - racial segregation.

The BeatlesThe Beatles refused to play a segregated concert in Florida

There's no denying the effect the Beatles had on the music industry in the 60s, and indeed the impact they had on the cultural enjoyment of music. With that popularity came responsibility, and they used that put across their libertarian views as often as possible. The Beatles left a mark on the world with their social and political opinions, and even lent a hand to the breaking down of racial segregation in the American south.

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Ron Howard poses alone and with producer Brian Grazer at the world premiere of 'The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years' held at The Odeon Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 15th September 2016

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Ron Howard poses alone and with Brian Grazer at the 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week' World Premiere held at Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 15th September 2016

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years Review

Very Good

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.

All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - Trailer and Clips


In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop owner called Brian Epstein after he heard the band playing at their local venue, The Cavern Club, this was the first step in a series of events that soon saw the four lads from Merseyside become the biggest phenomenon the world had ever seen. 

Once George Martin signed the band to Parlophone Records, it didn't take long for them to make their first visit to Abbey Road Studios and once they found themselves a permanent drummer in the form of Ringo Starr, the band had a number of possible singles recorded with the likes of 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', as good as the songs were, their reputation was still unknown and their first single peaked on the singles chart at #17. Their first number one came about after re-recording 'Please Please Me' at a faster tempo and the band began to make TV appearances. The clean shaven boys had style and an edgy quality that attracted young girls and their music was good enough that boys liked them too. 

Thousands of fans followed them wherever they went and it lead to the band touring and promoting themselves and their music continually.

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4K Restoration Of The Beatles' Shea Stadium Gig To Be Released In Cinemas


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With Ron Howard’s documentary movie Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years hitting cinemas in a couple of months’ time, it has been announced that a specially restored film The Beatles’ iconic concert performance at Shea Stadium in 1965 will receive a limited theatrical run at the same time.

On Thursday (July 28th), it was revealed that a fully-restored 4K version of the show that the Fab Four played at New York’s Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965 will be released in certain cinemas to support the roll-out of Howard’s documentary, which will premiere on September 16th.

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Inferno Trailer


Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital feeling terrible and suffering from serious nightmares. His dreams are lifelike and appear to predict a vicious and unprecedented attack on humanity. As the professor begins to come around, his nurse, Sienna, is on hand to treat his head injuries and inform him of his concussion and the side effects he might experience.

Before he can fully understand what brought him to Italy - Langdon's last memories were from Harvard University - a woman enters the hospital and kills the professor's doctor.  With the help of Sienna, Robert escapes and the pair retreat to Sienna's apartment. Whilst searching his pockets Langdon finds a vile with a hazardous label on it.

The vile is the start of Langdon's latest mission, he must find the source of a deadly virus that is thought to be capable of killing half the world's population. Without knowing who's on his side, it looks like Langdon is being hunted by multiple organisations all wishing to cash in on the powerful weapon.

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Inferno - First Look Trailer


Inferno comes as the third in the series of Ron Howard's film interpretations of Dan Brown's highly successful novels (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code) and sees Tom Hanks returning to his role as Robert Langdon, a Harvard University Professor. This time Langdon is accompanied by Dr. Sienna Brooks played by Felicity Jones. The film sees its main protagonist Langdon being at the centre of a manhunt.

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In The Heart Of The Sea Review

Excellent

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.)

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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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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Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth and Ron Howard

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 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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Tom Hanks Summarises Dan Brown Series As He Continues To Shoot 'Inferno'


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Tom Hanks has captivated us with his role as a brooding Harvard professor since 2006, when he appeared in the adaptation of Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'. Now on to the third film, he returns for another dose of menacing mystery, death-defying adventure and intellectual premise.

Tom Hanks at 2014 BAFTAsTom Hanks will star in Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

'The Da Vinci Code' (Dan Brown's second novel) was a global phenomenon which portrayed Hanks' character Robert Langdon on a quest for the Holy Grail. The following prequel 'Angels & Demons', explored the creation of the universe and conspiracy within mankind. 'Inferno' - the third film directed by Ron Howard - takes another turn completely and sees Langdon with a lot more of a challenge on his hands.

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Ron Howard

Date of birth

1st March, 1954

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.75




Ron Howard Movies

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - Trailer and Clips Trailer

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - Trailer and Clips Trailer

In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop...

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Inferno Trailer

Inferno Trailer

Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital feeling terrible and suffering from serious nightmares....

Inferno - First Look Trailer

Inferno - First Look Trailer

Inferno comes as the third in the series of Ron Howard's film interpretations of Dan...

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...

Made In America Trailer

Made In America Trailer

Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z...

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