Ronald William Howard is an American actor, producer and a film director who first came to prominence after playing in "The Andy Griffith Show" for eight years and later in "Happy Days" for six years. He is the son of Rance Howard, an actor, director and writer and Jean Speegle Howard, an actress. He has Irish, Dutch, Scottish, English, Cherokee ancestry and German.
Early Life and Education of Ron Howard
Ron Howard was born as Ronald William Howard on March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA. He is the eldest son of his parents; Jean Speegle Howard, an actress, and Rance Howard, a director, a writer, and actor.
His mother Speegle passed away in 2000. He posted about his late mother via Twitter as it's her 92nd birth if she was alive.
My mom, Jean Speegle Howard would have been 92 today. She passed in 2000, but here she is in her early twenties. She was traveling with my dad, Rance who was playing Lindstrom in Mister Roberts in the touring production pic.twitter.com/oCDFXbl6AC— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 1, 2019
He has German, English, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. In 1958, his family moved to Hollywood, the year before the birth of his younger brother, Clint Howard.
Howard was tutored at Desilu Studios during his early days. He completed his graduation from the John Burroughs High School. Later, he attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts but due to some reason he did not graduate.
Ron Howard's Career
Ron began his acting career in 1959 through the movie The Journey but he tastes the real success after being cast in Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show in 1960.
In 1977, Howard made his directing debut with low-budget comedy/action film Grand Theft Auto. His directorial movie A Beautiful Mind has won an Academy Award for Best Picture and additionally, he won the Best Director.
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Howard is a co-chairman of the Image Entertainment and his production company produced several movies such as; Friday Night Lights, 8 Mile, and Inside Deep Throat.
Moreover, he was a producer of famous tv series like; 24, Felicity, and Arrested Development. In 2008, he directed and produced the movie, Frost/Nixon.
In 2013, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Currently, produced the films The Dark Tower (2017) and American Made (2017).
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Howard is all set to direct an adaptation of J.D. Vance's memoir about his Appalachian-raised family named Hillibilly Elegy. After a bidding war, Netflix won the rights to finance the movie in $45 million budget.
The full title of the book is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
It is focused on Vance's childhood in the Rust Belt. It gives a 'personal analysis of the white underclass, race, and privilege in America'.
Ron Howard's Net Worth
Ron Howard is one of the most successful media personality. He has earned a decent amount of net worth from his career of $140 million. Despite that, he is living a lavishing life with his family.
Ron Howard's Personal Life
Ron Howard is a married man, he exchanged a vow with Cheryl Alley on June 7, 1975. The couple shred four children; daughters Bryce Dallas Howard (born in 1981), twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard (born in 1985), and son Reed Cross (born on 1987).
The duo is together for a long time and shared a very good bond with one another which simply means they are happy with their marital relationship. There aren't any kinds of rumors regarding their split or divorce.
His wife appeared in many of his movies in minor roles in Angels & Demons, Apollo 13, and A Beautiful Mind. Not just in the acting field but she showed her talent in writing as well. She published her first novel: a thriller named In the Face of Jinn in 2005.
He has not been through any big controversy yet and has no information about his past affairs.