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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.
The actor has been 'raving' about it, according to Ron Howard.
After 40 years, you'd be forgiven for not being able to appreciate anyone other than Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the 'Star Wars' franchise. But all that's changed with the release of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' and, as it turns out, the actor could not be more thrilled with the iconic character's origin story.
Harrison Ford at Mark Hamill's Walk of Fame ceremony
While the 75-year-old is yet to give his own statement with regards to the new film, director Ron Howard has insisted that he has most certainly given his seal of approval. According to him, Alden Ehrenreich could not have done a better job as the young Rebel pilot.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Highly Approves Of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
No official decisions have been made in regards to potential 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' follow-up movies.
With just a few weeks to go until the release of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in cinemas across the globe, sci-fi fans are more excited than ever before to learn a little more about one of the franchise's fan-favourite characters, Han Solo. Played by Harrison Ford in the episodic film series, we'll actually be going back in time with 'Solo' and so Alden Ehrenreich is picking up the role, and filling in some of the gaps in Solo's past.
Ron Howard serves as director on 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
Ehrenreich has already signed a contract that ties him to three 'Star Wars' films as Solo, so talk has of course turned to whether this 'Star Wars Story' could simply serve as the launchpad for an all-new trilogy.
The film is the second standalone film from the 'Star Wars' universe.
The 'Star Wars' universe continues to expand and in a few months' time, that will continue with the release of the second standalone movie in the universe, 'Solo'. Taking fans back in time to Han Solo's earliest days, the movie will provide an origins tale of sorts for the character Harrison Ford made famous. Alden Ehrenreich will take over the role for the step back in history.
Ron Howard cemented a role as director on 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
Also starring the likes of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett and Emilia Clarke as Qi'Ra, the movie is without a doubt a star-studded affair. Whether or not the story told will be one that stands up against the incredible history of the franchise however remains to be seen.
Continue reading: Ron Howard Admits Initial Reluctance To Direct 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
The actor has died at the age of 89.
It's a sad week for Ron Howard, who announced that his father Rance Howard - with whom he worked on several occasions - passed away at the age of 89 over the weekend. Tributes are pouring in all over social media, with many sending their condolences to Ron and his family.
Ron Howard at Children's Hospital UCLA Ball
The veteran actor died on Saturday morning (November 25th 2017) at his home in Los Angeles just ten months after the death of his second wife Judy Howard. No cause of death has as yet been confirmed, and he had several forthcoming movies in the pipeline.
Ron Howard at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 24th October 2016
Ron Howard, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers and Felicity Jones at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 24th October 2016
Ron Howard seen alone and with Omar Sy, Felicity Jones, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Dan Brown at the German Premiere of 'Inferno' held at Cinestar Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany - Monday 10th October 2016
The band made their world views well-known during their reign.
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 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.
Continue reading: The Beatles Helped Break Down Racial Segregation By Refusing To Perform
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
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.
Not broadcast in its entirety since 1967, a full restoration will be played in select cinemas to support Ron Howard's 'Eight Days a Week' touring documentary about the band in September.
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.
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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The actor will star in Ron Howard's third adaptation of Brown's Robert Langdon novels.
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 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.
Continue reading: Tom Hanks Summarises Dan Brown Series As He Continues To Shoot 'Inferno'
The director opens up about his third Dan Brown film.
Ron Howard returns with more theology based mystery with 'Inferno'; the film adaptation from Dan Brown's series of Robert Langdon novels which will once again star Tom Hanks in the lead role. While you might guess there'll be more puzzles, narrow escapes from death and questions of faith, the director insists there's something a little bit different about this one.
(L-R) Tom Hanks, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ron Howard, Omar Sy, Dan Brown and Felicity Jones
Probably best known for the second of his novel series, 2003's 'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown returned with 'Inferno' in 2013 - and there's little surprise that this is another to hit cinema screens. The Golden Globe nominated 'Da Vinci Code' adaptation was followed by a prequel - 'Angels & Demons' - which included themes of science, revenge and global conspiracy, much apart from the Holy Grail quest of the former. But now, with 'Inferno', the depths of the universe are even more closely explored.
Continue reading: Ron Howard Reveals 'Inferno' Is 'Very Much A Psychological Thriller'
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