Ron Howard


Ron Howard
Ron Howard Cannes 2018.jpg
Howard in 2018
Ronald William Howard

(1954-03-01) March 1, 1954 (age 67)
EducationJohn 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
RelativesClint 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

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."

The Andy Griffith 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]

Additional 1960s and early 1970s roles

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.

Howard played Steve Bolander in George Lucas' coming-of-age film American Graffiti in 1973.[1]

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

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

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.

Additional roles since the 1970s

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 Howard's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler.[1]

Following Night Shift, Howard 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.


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.


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 and received mixed reviews.

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 but was received well by general audiences, with an 83% user approval on Rotten Tomatoes.[39][40]

Howard is currently filming Thirteen Lives, about the Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018.[41][42][43]

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, The PJs 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.[44]

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.[45][46][47] They have four children: daughters Bryce Dallas Howard (born 1981), twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard (born 1985), and son Reed Cross (born 1987).



Year Title Director Producer Writer
1977 Grand Theft Auto Yes No Yes
1982 Night Shift Yes No No
1984 Splash Yes No No
1985 Cocoon Yes No No
1986 Gung Ho Yes Yes No
1988 Willow Yes No No
1989 Parenthood Yes No Story
1991 Backdraft Yes No No
1992 Far and Away Yes Yes Story
1994 The Paper Yes No No
1995 Apollo 13 Yes No No
1996 Ransom Yes No No
1999 EDtv Yes Yes No
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Yes Yes No
2001 A Beautiful Mind Yes Yes No
2003 The Missing Yes Yes No
2005 Cinderella Man Yes Yes No
2006 The Da Vinci Code Yes Yes No
2008 Frost/Nixon Yes Yes No
2009 Angels & Demons Yes Yes No
2011 The Dilemma Yes Yes No
2013 Rush Yes Yes No
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Yes Yes No
2016 Inferno Yes Yes No
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Yes No No
2020 Hillbilly Elegy Yes Yes No
TBA Thirteen Lives Yes Yes No

As producer

As executive producer

As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1956 Frontier Woman Bit Part Uncredited
1959 The Journey Billy Rhinelander Credited 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 actor Uncredited
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 Townsperson Uncredited
2001 Osmosis Jones Tom Colonic Voice role
A Beautiful Mind Man at Governor's Ball Uncredited
2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Philosophy Club's president Voice role
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Himself

Documentary films

Year Title Director Producer Himself Notes
1992 The Magical World of Chuck Jones Yes No Yes
1998 One Vision No No Yes
1999 Beyond the Mat No Yes No
2004 Tell Them Who You Are No No Yes
2005 Inside Deep Throat No uncredited No
2007 In the Shadow of the Moon No No Yes
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me No Yes No
2013 Made in America Yes No Yes
2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week Yes Yes No
2019 Pavarotti Yes Yes No
Dads No No Yes
2020 Rebuilding Paradise Yes Yes No
Breakthrough: Virus Fighters Yes Yes No
2021 Paper & Glue No Yes No Completed
TBA Julia No Yes No Post-production

Short films

Year Title Director Producer Actor Role Notes
1969 Old Paint No Yes No Credited as Ronny Howard
Deed of Daring-Do No Yes No
Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death No Yes No
2011 The Death and Return of Superman No No Yes Max's Son
When You Find Me Yes No No


Year Title Director Executive
Writer Notes
1978 Cotton Candy Yes No Yes TV Movie
1980 Skyward Yes Yes No
1981 Through the Magic Pyramid Yes Yes No
1983 Littleshots Yes Yes No
2017 Genius Yes Yes No Pilot episode

Executive producer

Year Title Role
1981 Skyward Christmas TV movie
1983 When Your Lover Leaves
1984–1985 Maximum Security
1985 No Greater Gift TV special
Into Thin Air TV movie
1986 The Lone-Star Kid
1987 Take Five
1988 Poison
1999 Mullholland Drive
1990–1991 Parenthood
1998–2000 Sports Night
1998–2002 Felicity
1999–2001 The PJs
2000 Silicon Follies TV movie
2001 The Beast
2003 The Snobs
2006–present Curious George
2010–2015 Parenthood
2012 The Great Escape
2013, 2018-2019
Arrested Development
2014 Unsung Heroes TV documentary
2016–2018 Mars
2020 68 Whiskey
2021 Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Docu-series


Year Title Role
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Miniseries
1999 Student Affairs TV movie
2000 Wonderland
2015–present Breakthrough


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Johnny Ringo Ricky Parrot Episode: "The Accused"
Five Fingers N/A Episode: "Station Break"
The Twilight Zone Wilcox Boy Episode: "Walking Distance"
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Wim Wegless Episode: "Child Lost"
Dennis the Menace Stewart 6 episodes
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Various roles 4 episodes
General Electric Theater Barnaby Baxter/Randy 2 episodes:
Hennesey Walker Episode: "The Baby Sitter"
1960 The Danny Thomas Show Opie Taylor Episode: "Danny Meets Andy Griffith"
Cheyenne Timmy Episode: "Counterfeit Gun";
Pete and Gladys Tommy Episode: "The Goat Story"
1960–68 The Andy Griffith Show Opie Taylor 209 episodes, credited as Ronnie Howard
1962 Route 66 Chet Duncan Episode: "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat"
The New Breed Tommy Simms Episode: "So Dark the Night"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Barry Stewart Episode: "Is Mr. Martian Coming Back?"
1964 The Great Adventure Daniel Waterhouse Episode: "Plague"
Dr. Kildare Jerry Prentice Episode: "A Candle in the Window"
The Fugitive Gus Episode: "Cry Uncle"
1965 The Big Valley Tommy Episode: "Night of the Wolf"
1966 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Opie Taylor Episode: "Opie Joins the Marines"
I Spy Alan Loden Episode: "Little Boy Lost"
1967 The Monroes Timothy Prescott Episode: "Teaching the Tiger to Purr"
Gentle Ben Jody Cutler Episode: "Green-Eyed Bear"
1968 Mayberry R.F.D. Opie Taylor Episode: "Andy and Helen Get Married"
The Archie Show Archie Andrews Early Pilot Cartoon
The F.B.I. Jess Orkin Episode: "The Runaways"
Lancer (TV series) Turk Caudle/Willy 2 episodes
1969 Judd for the Defense Phil Beeton Episode: "Between the Dark and the Daylight"
Daniel Boone Luke Episode: "A Man Before His Time"
Gunsmoke Jamie Episode: "Charlie Noon"
Land of the Giants Jodar Episode: "Genius At Work"
1970 Smoke Chris TV Movie
The Headmaster Tony Landis Season 1 - Episode 6
Lassie Gary Episode: "Gary Here Comes Glory!" Part 1 & 2
1971–72 The Smith Family Bob Smith 39 episodes
1972 Love, American Style Richard 'Richie' Cunningham Episode: "Love and the Happy Days"
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Cory Merlino Episode: "Discovery at Fourteen"
Bonanza Ted Hoag Episode: "The Initiation"
1973 M*A*S*H Private Walter
Wendell Peterson
Episode: "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
1974 The Waltons Seth Turner Episode: "The Gift"
1974–84 Happy Days Richard 'Richie' Cunningham 171 episodes
1974 Locusts Donny Fletcher Television Movie
The Migrants Lyle Barlow
1975 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1975-81 Insight Connie/Joe 2 episodes
1976 Laverne & Shirley Richie Cunningham 2 episodes
I'm a Fool Andy TV Movie
1980 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Richie Cunningham Voice role;
Episode: "King for a Day"
Act of Love Leon Cybulkowski Television Movie
1981 Bitter Harvest Ned De Vries
Fire on the Mountain Lee Mackie
1983 When Your Lover Leaves N/A Television Movie;
1986 Return to Mayberry Opie Taylor Television Movie
1988 Channel 99 Himself
1998–99 The Simpsons Himself Voice role; 2 episodes
1999 Frasier Stephen Voice role;
Episode: "Good Samaritan"
2013; 2018-19
Arrested Development Narrator; Self 84 episodes.
2016 The Odd Couple Stanley Episode: "Taffy Days"
2017 This Is Us Himself 3 Episodes

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations received by Howard's films
Year Title Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1982 Night Shift 1
1984 Splash 1 1
1985 Cocoon 2 2 1
1988 Willow 1
1989 Parenthood 2 1
1991 Backdraft 3 1
1994 The Paper 1
1995 Apollo 13 9 2 5 2 4
1996 Ransom 1
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 3 1 1 1 1
2001 A Beautiful Mind 8 4 5 2 6 4
2005 Cinderella Man 3 1 2
2006 The Da Vinci Code 1
2008 Frost/Nixon 5 6 5
2013 Rush 4 1 2
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story 1
2020 Hillbilly Elegy 2 1
Total 41 9 23 6 27 4


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