Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American actor, director, producer and writer.

Early life Edit

Career Edit

Personal life Edit

Filmography Edit


As an actorEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1956 Frontier Woman Bit Part Uncredited
1959 The Journey Billy Rhinelander
1961 Five Minutes to Live Bobby AKA Door to Door Maniac
1962 The Music Man Winthrop Paroo
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Eddie
1965 Village of the Giants Genius
1970 The Wild Country Virgil Tanner
1973 American Graffiti Steve Bolander
1973 Happy Mother's Day, Love George Johnny
1974 The Spikes Gang Les Richter
1976 The First Nudie Musical Auditioning actor Uncredited
1976 Eat My Dust! Hoover Niebold
1976 The Shootist Gillom Rogers
1977 Grand Theft Auto Sam Freeman
1979 More American Graffiti Steve Bolander
1982 Night Shift Annoying Sax Player/Boy Making out with Girlfriend Uncredited
1992 The Magical World of Chuck Jones Himself Documentary
1998 One Vision Himself Documentary
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Himself
2000 The Independent Himself
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Whoville Townsperson Uncredited
2001 Osmosis Jones Tom Colonic Voice
2001 A Beautiful Mind Man at Governor's Ball Uncredited
2004 Tell Them Who You Are Himself Documentary
2007 In the Shadow of the Moon Himself Documentary
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Max's Son Short
2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Philosophy Club's president Voice

As a directorEdit

Year Title Notes
1969 Old Paint Short; credited as Ronny Howard
1969 Deed of Derring-Do Short; credited as Ronny Howard
1969 Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death Short; credited as Ronny Howard
1977 Grand Theft Auto Directed and credited as Sam Freeman
1982 Night Shift
1984 Splash
1985 Cocoon
1986 Gung Ho Also executive producer
1988 Willow
1989 Parenthood
1991 Backdraft
1992 Far and Away Also producer
1994 The Paper
1995 Apollo 13
1996 Ransom
1999 EDtv Also producer
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Also producer
2001 A Beautiful Mind Also producer
2003 The Missing Also producer
2005 Cinderella Man Also producer
2006 The Da Vinci Code Also producer
2008 Frost/Nixon Also producer
2009 Angels & Demons Also producer
2011 The Dilemma Also producer
2013 Rush Also producer
2013 Made in America Also producer
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Also producer
2016 Inferno

As a producerEdit

Year Film Notes
1980 Leo and Loree Executive producer
1987 No Man's Land Executive producer
1988 Vibes Executive Producer
1988 Clean and Sober
1989 The 'Burbs
1991 The Doors Uncredited
1991 Closet Land Executive producer
1996 The Chamber
1997 Inventing the Abbotts
1999 Beyond the Mat Documentary
2004 Alamo
2005 Inside Deep Throat Uncredited
2006 Curious George
2008 Changeling
2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
2011 Restless
2011 Cowboys & Aliens
2011 When You Find Me Executive producer; short film
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me Executive producer
2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle Executive producer


As an actorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Johnny Ringo Ricky Parrot 1 episode: "The Accused"
1959 Five Fingers 1 episode: "Station Break"
1959 The Twilight Zone Wilcox Boy 1 episode: "Walking Distance"
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson Wim Wegless 1 episode: "Child Lost"
1959 Dennis the Menace Stewart 6 episodes
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Dan Adams/Georgie/Little Boy with Ray Gun 4 episodes
1959 General Electric Theater Barnaby Baxter/Randy 2 episodes:
1959 Hennesey with Jackie Cooper Walker "The Baby Sitter"
1960 The Danny Thomas Show Opie Taylor 1 episode: "Danny Meets Andy Griffith"
1960 Cheyenne Timmy 1 episode: "Counterfeit Gun"; uncredited
1960 Pete and Gladys Tommy 1 episode: "The Goat Story"
1960–1968 The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor 209 episodes
1962 Route 66 Chet Duncan 1 episode: "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat"
1962 The New Breed Tommy Simms 1 episode: "So Dark the Night"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Barry Stewart 1 episode: "Is Mr. Martian Coming Back?"
1964 The Great Adventure Daniel Waterhouse 1 episode: "Plague"
1964 Dr. Kildare Jerry Prentice 1 episode: "A Candle in the Window"
1964 The Fugitive Gus 1 episode: "Cry Uncle"
1965 The Big Valley Tommy 1 episode: "Night of the Wolf"
1966 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Opie Taylor 1 episode: "Opie Joins the Marines"
1966 I Spy Alan Loden 1 episode: "Little Boy Lost"
1967 The Monroes Timothy Prescott 1 episode: "Teaching the Tiger to Purr"
1967 Gentle Ben Jody Cutler 1 episode: "Green-Eyed Bear"
1968 Mayberry R.F.D. Opie Taylor 1 episode: "Andy and Helen Get Married"
1968 The Archie Show Archie Andrews Early Pilot Cartoon
1968 Lancer Turk Caudle/Willy 2 episodes: "Jelly", "The Measure of a Man"
1969 Judd for the Defense Phil Beeton 1 episode: "Between the Dark and the Daylight"
1969 Daniel Boone Luke 1 episode: "A Man Before His Time"
1969 Gunsmoke Jamie 1 episode: "Charlie Noon"
1969 Land of the Giants Jodar 1 episode: "Genus At Work"
1970 Smoke Chris TV Movie
1970 The Headmaster Tony Landis 1 episode: "Will the Real Mother of Tony Landis Please Stand Up?"
1970 Lassie Gary 1 episode: "Gary Here Comes Glory!" Part 1 & 2
1971 The Smith Family Bob Smith 39 episodes
1972 Love, American Style Richard 'Richie' Cunningham 1 episode: "Love and the Happy Days"
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Cory Merlino 1 episode: "Discovery at Fourteen"
1972 Bonanza Ted Hoag 1 episode: "The Initiation"
1973 M*A*S*H Private Walter/ Wendell Peterson 1 episode: "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
1974 The Waltons Seth Turner 1 episode: "The Gift"
1974–1984 Happy Days Richard 'Richie' Cunningham 171 episodes
1974 Locusts Donny Fletcher TV Movie
1974 The Migrants Lyle Barlow TV Movie
1975 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn TV Movie
1976 Laverne & Shirley Richie Cunningham 2 episodes: "Excuse Me, May I Cut In?", "Shotgun Wedding: Part 2"
1976 I'm a Fool Andy TV Movie
1980 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Richie Cunningham (voice) 1 episode: "King for a Day"
1980 Act of Love Leon Cybulkowski TV Movie
1981 Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries TV Movie
1981 Fire on the Mountain Lee Mackie TV Movie
1983 When Your Lover Leaves TV Movie; uncredited; also executive producer
1986 Return to Mayberry Opie Taylor TV Movie
1988 Channel 99 Himself TV Movie
1998 The Simpsons Himself (voice) 1 episode: "When You Dish Upon a Star"
1999 The Simpsons Himself (voice) 1 episode: "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder"
1999 Frasier Stephen (voice) 1 episode: "Good Samaritan"
2003–2006; 2013 Arrested Development Narrator
Semi-fictional version of Himself
68 episodes; also executive producer

As a directorEdit

Year Film Role
1978 Cotton Candy TV Movie
1980 Skyward TV Movie; also executive producer
1981 Through the Magic Pyramid TV Movie; also executive producer
1983 Littleshots TV Movie; also executive producer

As a producerEdit

Year Film Role
1981 Skyward Christmas Executive producer; TV Movie
1983 When Your Lover Leaves Executive producer; TV Movie
1984–1985 Maximum Security Executive producer;
1985 No Greater Gift Executive producer; TV special
1985 Into Thin Air Executive producer; TV Movie
1986 The Lone-Star Kid Executive producer; TV Movie
1987 Take Five Executive producer; TV Movie
1988 Poison Executive producer; TV Movie
1999 Mullholland Drive Executive producer; TV Movie
1990–1991 Parenthood Executive producer
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Producer, TV miniseries
1998–2000 Sports Night Executive producer
1998–2002 Felicity Executive producer
1999–2001 The PJs Executive producer
1999 Student Affairs TV Movie
2000 Wonderland
2000 Silicon Follies Executive producer; TV Movie
2001 The Beast Executive producer
2003 The Snobs Executive producer
2006–present Curious George Executive producer
2010–2015 Parenthood Executive producer
2012 The Great Escape Executive producer
2003–2006; 2013 Arrested Development Executive producer
2014 Unsung Heroes"(U.S. TV PBS Documentary)|Unsung Heroes Executive producer; TV documentary

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