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Howard in 2018
Ronald William Howard

(1954-03-01) March 1, 1954 (age 67)
Education John Burroughs High School
University of Southern California
  • Director
  • writer
  • producer
  • actor
Years active1956–present
Cheryl Alley
(m. 1975)
Children4; including Bryce and Paige
Parent(s) Rance Howard
Jean Speegle Howard
Relatives Clint Howard (brother)

Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director, producer and actor. Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest-starring in several television series, including an episode of The Twilight Zone . He gained national attention for playing young Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith) in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 through 1968. During this time, he also appeared in the musical film The Music Man (1962), a critical and commercial success. He was credited as Ronny Howard in his film and television appearances from 1959 to 1973. Howard was cast in one of the lead roles in the coming-of-age film American Graffiti (1973), and became a household name for playing Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days , a role he would play from 1974 to 1980. [1]


In 1980, Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing, producing and sometimes writing a variety of films and television series. His films included the comedies Night Shift (1982), Splash (1984), and Cocoon (1985) as well as the fantasy Willow (1988), the thriller Backdraft (1991), and the newspaper comedy drama film The Paper (1994). In 1995, Howard gained widespread praise and recognition in the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995). Howard continued directing such films as the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001), the biographical sports drama Cinderella Man (2005), the historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008), the biographical sports drama Rush (2013), and the historical adventure film In the Heart of the Sea (2015). Howard is also known for directing the children's fantasy film How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) as well as the Robert Langdon film series, The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009), and Inferno (2016). Howard also directed Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and the documentary films The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016) and Pavarotti (2019).

Howard received the Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind and was nominated again for the same awards for Frost/Nixon. [2] [3] In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts. [4] He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. [5] Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries. [6]

Early life

Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma in 1954, the elder son of Jean Speegle Howard (1927–2000), an actress, and Rance Howard (1928–2017), a director, writer, and actor. [7] He has German, English, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] His father was born with the surname "Beckenholdt" and took the stage name "Howard" in 1948 for his acting career. [13] [14] Rance Howard was serving three years in the United States Air Force at the time of Ron's birth. [15] [16] The family moved to Hollywood in 1958, the year before the birth of his younger brother Clint Howard. They rented a house on the block south of the Desilu Studios, where The Andy Griffith Show was later filmed. They lived in Hollywood for at least three years, before moving to Burbank.

Howard was tutored at Desilu Studios in his younger years but continued his schooling at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary and David Star Jordan Junior High when not working in television, eventually graduating from John Burroughs High School. He later attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts but did not graduate. [17] [18]

Howard has said he knew from a young age he might want to go into directing, thanks to his early experience as an actor. [19] [20]

Acting career

The Andy Griffith Show

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With Andy Griffith in a publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show (1961)

In 1959, Howard had his first credited film role in The Journey. He appeared in June Allyson's CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson in the episode "Child Lost"; in The Twilight Zone episode "Walking Distance"; a few episodes of the first season of the sitcom Dennis the Menace , as Stewart, one of Dennis's friends; and several first- and second-season episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis . Howard played "Timmy" (uncredited) in "Counterfeit Gun", Season 4, Episode 2 (1960) of the TV series, "The Cheyenne Show."

In 1960, Howard was cast as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show . Credited as "Ronny Howard", he portrayed the son of the title character (played by Andy Griffith) for all eight seasons of the show. Recalling his experiences as a child actor on set, he commented

I was five years old. And I was preoccupied with the prop that was in my hand, because it was a toy turtle. But I had to pretend it was a real turtle that the audience just wasn't seeing, and it was dead, so I was supposed to be crying and very emotional, and I remember him looking at that little turtle and talking to me about how it was kind of funny to have to pretend that was dead. So I recall just a very relaxed first impression. [21]

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With Cara Williams in Pete and Gladys in 1960

In the 1962 film version of The Music Man , Howard played Winthrop Paroo, the child with the lisp; the film starred Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. He also starred in the 1963 film The Courtship of Eddie's Father, with Glenn Ford.

He appeared as Barry Stewart on The Eleventh Hour in 1965; on I Spy , in the episode "Little Boy Lost", in 1966; as Henry Fonda's son in an ABC series, The Smith Family , in 1968; as Jodah, in "Land of the Giants", in 1969; as a boy whose father was shot, on the TV show "Daniel Boone", in 1971–72; and as an underage Marine on M*A*S*H in the episode "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", in 1973. In the 1970s, he appeared in at least one episode of The Bold Ones , as a teenage tennis player with an illness.

Howard appeared on the 1969 Disneyland Records album The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion. It featured the story of two teenagers, Mike (Howard) and Karen (Robie Lester), who get trapped inside the Haunted Mansion. Thurl Ravenscroft plays the Narrator, Pete Reneday plays the Ghost Host, and Eleanor Audley plays Madame Leota. Some of the effects and ideas that were planned but never permanently made it to the attraction are mentioned here: the Raven speaks in the Stretching Room, and the Hatbox Ghost is mentioned during the Attic scene. It was reissued in 1998 as a cassette tape titled A Spooky Night in Disney's Haunted Mansion and on CD in 2009.

In 1974, Howard guest-starred as Seth Turner, the best friend of Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley), in The Waltons , "The Gift". In the episode, Seth wants to learn to play an instrument in his father's band, but it looks as if he will not have the time; he has been diagnosed with leukemia. The concept of death – and the unfairness of it all – is an extremely difficult one for Jason to accept, and it is up to Grandpa to help the boy through this crisis. Featured in the cast as Dr. McIvers is Ron Howard's father Rance Howard. [22]

Happy Days

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Richie (Ron Howard) takes a turn on Fonzie's motorcycle in a scene from Happy Days

Howard played Steve Bolander in George Lucas' coming-of-age film American Graffiti in 1973. [1] A role in an installment of series Love, American Style , titled "Love and the Television Set", [23] led to his being cast as Richie Cunningham in the TV series Happy Days (for syndication, the segment was re-titled "Love and the Happy Days"). Beginning in 1974, he played the likeable "buttoned-down" boy, in contrast to Henry Winkler's "greaser" Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli. On the Happy Days set, he developed an on- and off-screen chemistry with series leads Winkler and Tom Bosley. The three remained friends until Bosley's death in October 2010.

Howard left Happy Days just before the start of its eighth season in 1980 when he was offered a contract to direct television movies for NBC, an arrangement that required Howard to remain exclusive with the network for one year. Howard returned to the show for a guest appearance during its eleventh and final season in November 1983, to allow a proper send-off for Richie Cunningham, whose absence had been explained by having him join the U.S. Army and get shipped off to Greenland. Howard also returned for the series finale in May 1984, the latter marking one of his last acting roles.

In 1976, Howard played Gillom Rogers in the movie The Shootist , with John Wayne's final screen performance. Howard's last significant on-screen role was a reprise of his famous role as Opie Taylor in the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry , an Andy Griffith Show reunion reuniting him with Griffith, Don Knotts, and most of the cast. He also appeared in two Happy Days TV reunions: 1992's The Happy Days Reunion Special, a retrospective hosted by Winkler that aired on ABC; and 2005's The Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion, co-produced by Winkler, where he was again reunited with most of the surviving cast.

Directing career


Before leaving Happy Days in 1980, Howard made his directing debut with the 1977 low-budget comedy/action film Grand Theft Auto , based on a script he co-wrote with his father, Rance. [1] This came after cutting a deal with Roger Corman, wherein Corman let Howard direct a film in exchange for Howard starring in Eat My Dust! , with Christopher Norris. [1] Howard went on to direct several TV movies for NBC between 1978 and 1982, including the 1982 TV movie, Skyward , starring Bette Davis. [1] His big directorial break came in 1982, with Night Shift , featuring Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, and Henry Winkler. [1]

He has since directed a number of major films, including the fantasy romantic comedy Splash (1984) starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, and John Candy. The film was a box office and critical success. He also directed the science fiction comedy-drama Cocoon (1985) starring Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, Wilfred Brimley, and Brian Dennehy. This film was also a critical and financial hit. In 1988, he directed the dark fantasy drama film Willow starring Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis. Howard's final work as a director for the 1980s was the family comedy film Parenthood (1989) starring an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Dianne Wiest. The film opened at #1 in its opening weekend, earning $10 million. It eventually grossed over $100 million domestically and $126 million worldwide. [24] The film was a critical hit and received two Academy Award nominations.


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Howard with Tom Hanks and the production crew of Apollo 13 (1995)

Howard continued directing through the 1990s, including the American drama Backdraft revolving around firefighters. The film starred Kurt Russell, Donald Sutherland, and Robert De Niro. Film critics Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune [25] and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review. [26]

In 1992, he directed the western film epic Far and Away starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics the film was a financial success earning 137 million against its budget of 60 million. In 1994, Howard directed the newspaper comedy drama The Paper with an ensemble starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Jason Alexander, Jason Robards, and Robert Duvall. The film received rave reviews with many praising Keaton's leading performance.

Howard's direction for the 1995 docudrama film Apollo 13 received praise from critics. [27] [28] [29] [30] The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton as the three astronauts members of the Apollo 13 flight crew. The film also featured performances from Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan. The film was a massive financial success earning $335 million off a budget of $52 million. The film received widespread critical acclaim with Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film in his review saying: "A powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail, and acted without pumped-up histrionics." [31] The film went on to receive nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. Despite all the awards success, Howard failed to receive an Academy Award for Best Director nomination.


In 2000, he directed the live action children's fantasy film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas based on the Dr. Seuss children's book. The film starred Jim Carrey as the titular character and featured performances from Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, and Molly Shannon, with Anthony Hopkins serving as the film's narrator. Despite the film receiving mixed reviews from critics, it was a financial success and earned $345 million at the box office.

Howard's followup film was the biographical drama film A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe as the American mathematician John Nash who struggled with paranoid schizophrenia. The film featured performances from Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, and Christopher Plummer. The film received positive reviews from critics who praised Crowe's and Connelly's performances. The film went on to receive eight Academy Award nominations including a win for Best Picture and a nomination and win for Howard as Best Director.

In 2005, Howard directed the biographical sports drama Cinderella Man based on the true story of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock played by Russell Crowe. The film also starred Renée Zellweger as his wife Mae Braddock, and Paul Giamatti as his trainer Joe Gould. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an approval rating of 80% based on reviews from 214 critics with an average score of 7.4/10. Its consensus states, "With grittiness and an evocative sense of time and place, Cinderella Man is a powerful underdog story. And Ron Howard and Russell Crowe prove to be a solid combination." [32]

Howard is also known for directing the Robert Langdon films. The series began with The Da Vinci Code (2006) with Tom Hanks as Langdon, featuring performances by Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, and Alfred Molina. The sequel was Angels & Demons (2009) with Hanks reprising his role and performances by Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård. In 2016, Inferno was released with Hanks continuing the role with performances by Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, and Omar Sy. All three films received mixed reviews but were popular among audiences.

Howard showcased the world premiere of his historical drama film Frost/Nixon at the London Film Festival in October 2008. [33] The film is based on the taped conversations known as the Frost/Nixon interviews between former United States President Richard Nixon and British talk show host David Frost. Frank Langella portrayed Nixon opposite Michael Sheen as Frost. The film was based on the play of the same name by Peter Morgan. The film also featured performances from Mathew Macfadyen, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Hall, Oliver Platt, Toby Jones, and Kevin Bacon. Despite losing money at the box office, the film was a critical success with website Rotten Tomatoes giving the film an approval rating of 93% with the critical consensus reading, "Frost/Nixon is weighty and eloquent; a cross between a boxing match and a ballet with Oscar worthy performances." [34] Metacritic gives the film an average score of 80 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [35] The film received 5 Academy Award nominations with Howard receiving a nomination for Best Director.

Howard was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival's 2009 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Michael Keaton presented him with the Award.


In 2013, Howard directed sports drama Rush , based on the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula 1 motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan and starred Chris Hemsworth as Hunt, Daniel Brühl as Lauda, and Olivia Wilde as Suzy Miller. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.

In 2015, Howard directed the film In the Heart of the Sea about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick . The film featured performances by Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. The film was a financial failure, but was well reviewed among critics.

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Howard and the cast at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Howard took over directing duties on Solo: A Star Wars Story , a film featuring Star Wars character Han Solo in his younger years. The film was released on May 23, 2018. Howard officially replaced directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on June 22, 2017; they were let go from their position two days earlier, reportedly due to their refusal to compromise with Lucasfilm over the direction of the film; reportedly the directors encouraged significant improvisations by the actors, which was believed by some at Lucasfilm to be "shifting the story off-course". [36] At the time, the film was nearly completed, with three and a half weeks left to film and another five weeks of reshoots scheduled. [36] Howard posted on Twitter, "I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film." [37]

In November 2017, Howard announced that he would be teaching his first directing class. [38]


On November 24, 2020, Howard's drama film Hillbilly Elegy was released on Netflix. The film is based on the memoir of the same name by J. D. Vance and was adapted for the screen by Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Academy Award nominees Glenn Close and Amy Adams. The film has received widespread negative reception from critics. [39] [40] The film was received well by general audiences, with an 83% user approval on Rotten Tomatoes. [41] Howard is currently scheduled to direct the film Thirteen Lives, about the Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018. [42] Afterwards, he will direct a biopic of pianist Lang Lang. [42]

Imagine Entertainment

Howard is the co-chairman, with Brian Grazer, of Imagine Entertainment, a film and television production company. Imagine has produced several films including Friday Night Lights , 8 Mile , and Inside Deep Throat , as well as the television series 24 , Felicity , and Arrested Development which Howard also narrated.

In July 2012, it was announced that Imagine had put into development Conquest for Showtime, a period drama based on the 16th century conquest of the Aztecs by Spanish Conquistadors. To be directed by Howard, the series was originally planned as a feature film before it was decided that the project was more suited to television. [43]

As part of Imagine Entertainment, he appeared in a 1997 print ad for Milk – Where's your mustache?, in which he wore a cap for Imagine Entertainment and sported a milk mustache. Earlier versions show a younger Ronny Howard on the other side.

In 2009, he appeared in the Jamie Foxx music video "Blame It".

Personal life

Howard married writer Cheryl Alley (born 1953) on June 7, 1975. [44] [45] [46] They have four children: daughters Bryce Dallas Howard (born 1981), twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard (born 1985), and son Reed Cross (born 1987).



1977 Grand Theft Auto YesNoYes
1982 Night Shift YesNoNo
1984 Splash YesNoNo
1985 Cocoon YesNoNo
1986 Gung Ho YesYesNo
1988 Willow YesNoNo
1989 Parenthood YesNoStory
1991 Backdraft YesNoNo
1992 Far and Away YesYesStory
1994 The Paper YesNoNo
1995 Apollo 13 YesNoNo
1996 Ransom YesNoNo
1999 EDtv YesYesNo
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas YesYesNo
2001 A Beautiful Mind YesYesNo
2003 The Missing YesYesNo
2005 Cinderella Man YesYesNo
2006 The Da Vinci Code YesYesNo
2008 Frost/Nixon YesYesNo
2009 Angels & Demons YesYesNo
2011 The Dilemma YesYesNo
2013 Rush YesYesNo
2015 In the Heart of the Sea YesYesNo
2016 Inferno YesYesNo
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story YesNoNo
2020 Hillbilly Elegy YesYesNo
TBA Thirteen Lives YesYesNo

As producer

As executive producer

As actor

1956 Frontier Woman Bit PartUncredited
1959 The Journey Billy RhinelanderCredited as Ronny Howard
1959 Walking Distance Boy with marbles
1961 Five Minutes to Live Bobby
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
Happy Mother's Day, Love George Johnny
1974 The Spikes Gang Les Richter
1976 The First Nudie Musical Auditioning actorUncredited
Eat My Dust! Hoover Niebold
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 cameos
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Himself
2000 The Independent Himself
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Whoville TownspersonUncredited
2001 Osmosis Jones Tom ColonicVoice role
A Beautiful Mind Man at Governor's BallUncredited
2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Philosophy Club's presidentVoice role
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Himself

Documentary films

YearTitle Director Producer HimselfNotes
1992The Magical World of Chuck JonesYesNoYes
1998One VisionNoNoYes
1999 Beyond the Mat NoYesNo
2004Tell Them Who You AreNoNoYes
2005 Inside Deep Throat NouncreditedNo
2007 In the Shadow of the Moon NoNoYes
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me NoYesNo
2013 Made in America YesNoYes
2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week YesYesNo
2019 Pavarotti YesYesNo
2019 Dads NoNoYes
2020 Rebuilding Paradise YesYesNo
2020Breakthrough: Virus FightersYesYesNo
2021 Paper & Glue NoYesNoCompleted
TBA Julia NoYesNoPost-production

Short films

YearTitle Director Producer Actor RoleNotes
1969Old PaintNoYesNoCredited as Ronny Howard
Deed of Daring-DoNoYesNo
Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and DeathNoYesNo
2011 The Death and Return of Superman NoNoYesMax's Son
When You Find MeYesNoNo


1978 Cotton Candy YesNoYesTV Movie
1980 Skyward YesYesNo
1981Through the Magic PyramidYesYesNo
2017 Genius YesYesNoPilot episode

Executive producer

1981Skyward ChristmasTV movie
1983When Your Lover Leaves
1984–1985 Maximum Security
1985 No Greater Gift TV special
Into Thin AirTV movie
1986The Lone-Star Kid
1987Take Five
1999Mullholland Drive
1990–1991 Parenthood
1998–2000 Sports Night
1998–2002 Felicity
1999–2001 The PJs
2000Silicon FolliesTV movie
2001 The Beast
2003The Snobs
2006–present Curious George
2010–2015 Parenthood
2012 The Great Escape
2013, 2018
Arrested Development
2014Unsung HeroesTV documentary
2016–2018 Mars
2020 68 Whiskey
2021 Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Docu-series


1998 From the Earth to the Moon Miniseries
1999Student AffairsTV movie
2000 Wonderland
2015–present Breakthrough


1959 Johnny Ringo Ricky ParrotEpisode: "The Accused"
Five Fingers N/AEpisode: "Station Break"
The Twilight Zone Wilcox BoyEpisode: "Walking Distance"
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Wim WeglessEpisode: "Child Lost"
Dennis the Menace Stewart6 episodes
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Various roles4 episodes
General Electric Theater Barnaby Baxter/Randy2 episodes:
Hennesey WalkerEpisode: "The Baby Sitter"
1960 The Danny Thomas Show Opie TaylorEpisode: "Danny Meets Andy Griffith"
Cheyenne TimmyEpisode: "Counterfeit Gun";
Pete and Gladys TommyEpisode: "The Goat Story"
1960–68 The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor209 episodes, credited as Ronnie Howard
1962 Route 66 Chet DuncanEpisode: "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat"
The New Breed Tommy SimmsEpisode: "So Dark the Night"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Barry StewartEpisode: "Is Mr. Martian Coming Back?"
1964 The Great Adventure Daniel WaterhouseEpisode: "Plague"
Dr. Kildare Jerry PrenticeEpisode: "A Candle in the Window"
The Fugitive GusEpisode: "Cry Uncle"
1965 The Big Valley TommyEpisode: "Night of the Wolf"
1966 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Opie TaylorEpisode: "Opie Joins the Marines"
I Spy Alan LodenEpisode: "Little Boy Lost"
1967 The Monroes Timothy PrescottEpisode: "Teaching the Tiger to Purr"
Gentle Ben Jody CutlerEpisode: "Green-Eyed Bear"
1968 Mayberry R.F.D. Opie TaylorEpisode: "Andy and Helen Get Married"
The Archie Show Archie AndrewsEarly Pilot Cartoon
The F.B.I. Jess OrkinEpisode: "The Runaways"
Lancer (TV series) Turk Caudle/Willy2 episodes
1969 Judd for the Defense Phil BeetonEpisode: "Between the Dark and the Daylight"
Daniel Boone LukeEpisode: "A Man Before His Time"
Gunsmoke JamieEpisode: "Charlie Noon"
Land of the Giants JodarEpisode: "Genius At Work"
1970SmokeChrisTV Movie
The Headmaster Tony LandisSeason 1 - Episode 6
Lassie GaryEpisode: "Gary Here Comes Glory!" Part 1 & 2
1971–72 The Smith Family Bob Smith39 episodes
1972 Love, American Style Richard 'Richie' Cunningham Episode: "Love and the Happy Days"
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Cory MerlinoEpisode: "Discovery at Fourteen"
Bonanza Ted HoagEpisode: "The Initiation"
1973 M*A*S*H Private Walter
Wendell Peterson
Episode: "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
1974 The Waltons Seth TurnerEpisode: "The Gift"
1974–84 Happy Days Richard 'Richie' Cunningham171 episodes
1974LocustsDonny FletcherTelevision Movie
The MigrantsLyle Barlow
1975 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1975-81 Insight Connie/Joe2 episodes
1976 Laverne & Shirley Richie Cunningham2 episodes
I'm a FoolAndyTV Movie
1980 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Richie CunninghamVoice role;
Episode: "King for a Day"
Act of Love Leon CybulkowskiTelevision Movie
1981 Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries
Fire on the Mountain Lee Mackie
1983When Your Lover LeavesN/ATelevision Movie;
1986 Return to Mayberry Opie TaylorTelevision Movie
1988Channel 99Himself
1998–99 The Simpsons HimselfVoice role; 2 episodes
1999 Frasier StephenVoice role;
Episode: "Good Samaritan"
2013; 18
Arrested Development Narrator; Self68 episodes.
2016 The Odd Couple StanleyEpisode: "Taffy Days"
2017 This Is Us Himself 3 Episodes

Awards and nominations

YearWorkAcademy AwardsBAFTA AwardsGolden Globe Awards
1982 Night Shift 1
1984 Splash 11
1985 Cocoon 221
1988 Willow 1
1989 Parenthood 21
1991 Backdraft 31
1994 The Paper 1
1995 Apollo 13 92524
1996 Ransom 1
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 31111
2001 A Beautiful Mind 845264
2005 Cinderella Man 312
2006 The Da Vinci Code 1
2008 Frost/Nixon 565
2013 Rush 412
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story 1
2020 Hillbilly Elegy 21

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Leonard Joseph Cariou is a Canadian actor and stage director, best known for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd in the original cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and for playing the patriarch Henry Reagan, NYPD Police Commissioner (retired), in the multi-generational television series Blue Bloods on CBS.

Terry OQuinn American actor

Terrance Quinn, known professionally as Terry O'Quinn, is an American actor. He played John Locke on the TV series Lost, the title role in The Stepfather and Stepfather II, and Peter Watts in Millennium, which ran for three seasons (1996–1999). He has also hosted Mysteries of the Missing on The Science Channel.

Frank Langella American actor

Frank A. Langella Jr. is an American stage and film actor. He has won four Tony Awards: two for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon and as André in Florian Zeller's The Father, and two for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performances in Edward Albee's Seascape and Ivan Turgenev's Fortune's Fool. His reprisal of the Nixon role in the film production of Frost/Nixon earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Tony Goldwyn American actor and director

Anthony Howard Goldwyn is an American actor, singer, producer, director, and political activist. He made his debut appearing as Darren in the slasher film Friday the 13th: Jason Lives (1986), and had his breakthrough for starring as Carl Bruner in the fantasy thriller film Ghost (1990), which earned him a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to star as Harold Nixon in the biographical film Nixon (1995), which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and as Neil Armstrong in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon (1998).

Sam Rockwell American actor

Samuel Rockwell is an American actor. He became well known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs (1997), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Moon (2009), Seven Psychopaths (2012), Mr. Right (2015), and Richard Jewell (2019). He has also played supporting roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), The Green Mile (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), Frost/Nixon (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Conviction (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Way, Way Back (2013), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Vice (2018), and Jojo Rabbit (2019).

Brian Grazer American film producer

Brian Thomas Grazer is an American film and television producer and writer. He founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 with Ron Howard. The films they produced have grossed over $15 billion. Grazer was personally nominated for four Academy Awards for Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Frost/Nixon (2008). His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 198 Emmys.

Clint Howard American actor

Clinton Engle Howard is an American actor. He is the second son born to American actors Rance and Jean Howard, and younger brother of actor and director Ron Howard. Clint has over 200 acting credits, appearing in feature films including The Waterboy and Apollo 13, as well as playing characters on television such as Mark Wedloe on Gentle Ben, Stanley on The Baileys of Balboa (1964–1965), Steve on The Cowboys (1974), and as Creepy Rodney on My Name Is Earl (2006–2008). He has appeared in many films directed by his brother, Ron, and had a small role in Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book. Clint also was lead singer and frontman of his band, The Kempsters, and recently has found success in his pursuit of making custom snowglobes.

Rance Howard American actor

Rance Howard was an American actor who starred in film and on television. He was the father of actor and filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, and grandfather of the actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

Peter Morgan British film writer and playwright

Peter Julian Robin Morgan, is a British screenwriter and playwright. Morgan is best known for his work on stage and film and television. He's known as the playwright behind The Audience and Frost/Nixon and the screenwriter of The Queen (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008), The Damned United (2009), and Rush (2013). He is also known for writing the television films The Deal (2003), Longford (2006), and The Special Relationship (2009). He currently serves as creator and showrunner of the Netflix series The Crown (2016–present).

<i>Frost/Nixon</i> (play)

Frost/Nixon is a 2006 British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan based on a series of televised interviews of the same name that disgraced U.S. President Richard Nixon granted English broadcaster David Frost in 1977 about his administration, including his role in the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to his resignation.

<i>Frost/Nixon</i> (film) 2008 historical drama film

Frost/Nixon is a 2008 historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the Frost/Nixon interviews of 1977. The film was directed by Ron Howard. A co-production of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the film was produced for Universal Pictures by Howard, Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, and received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.


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