When Ronny was eleven the producers of The Andy Griffith Show rearranged the schedules of the entire cast to make sure their young star didn't miss any little league games.
Asked which actresses he would like to direct in a nude scene, Ron named Phoebe Cates, Elizabeth McGovern, and Penny Marshall.
Ron directed the highly acclaimed film entitled The Da Vinci Code.
In real life, Ron is the youngest of the Happy Days nerd trio: Richie, Ralph and Potsie.
Ron shares a birthday with The Dukes of Hazzard's Catherine Bach.
Ron was unaware that he had a high-paying career until he read about the Dodgers negotiating with Don Drysdale. It was then that he pondered, "That's about what I make."
Ron appears as Card #2 in DuoCard's Happy Days Collection.
Ron co-starred with John Wayne in The Shootist in 1976. It was John Wayne's last film.
Ron began making films with his Super 8 camera in 1969.
Ron was not credited for his role in Frontier Women in 1956.
In 2002, Ron delivered the Commencement Address to the USC School of Cinema-Television.
Ron's first two successful acting roles in film were in The Music Man and in American Graffiti.
Ron is of Dutch, Scottish, English, Irish, German, and Cherokee Indian descent.
Ron enjoyed a successful acting career before becoming a successful director.
Ron is a fan of the game, Cricket.
Ron received a National Medal of Arts award in 2003.
Ron and his wife have 4 children. They have a daughter named Bryce Dallas who was born in 1981. They have twin daughters, Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Carlyle who were born in 1985, and they have a son named Reed who was born in 1987.
Ron attended high school with actress Rene Russo.
Ron's father is actor/director Rance Howard and his mother is actress Jean Speegle Howard.
Frequently, Ron casts his father and brother in supporting roles. He cast both of his parents and his daughter Bryce in his 1995 film, Apollo 13.
Ron has written the script for 4 major motion pictures, directed 28 major motion pictures, and produced 43 major motion pictures.
Ron was nominated for an Oscar for his directing work on Apollo 13 and won for A Beautiful Mind.
Three of Ron's four children are named after the placeswhere they were conceived. Bryce Dallas ws conceived in Dallas and twins Paige Carlyle and Jocelyn Carlyle were conceived at the Hotel Carlyle in New York City.
Ron is married to Cheryl Alley, his high school sweetheart on June 7, 1975.
In 1971, Ron was a contestant on The Dating Game. He selected bachelorette #2, Nola Green.
Ron is 5' 9" tall.
Ron Howard: You've got to know that everyone who comes up with an idea may not have the right idea for you--even if it's your wife, your best friend or someone you're trying to please. Learning to seize control of my own life is the most important thing I've picked up.
Ron Howard: I think I handle criticism well. I think that's one of my strengths, in fact. That doesn't mean I like being criticized. It always hurts.
Ron Howard: (on what he learned from doing A Beautiful Mind) It was a tremendous growth experience, just on a personal level, because I learned a lot more about the mind, about psychiatry and mental illness than I had before.
Ron Howard: I'm beginning to view the DVD as an opportunity to sort of do what authors do, with authors' notes and acknowledgments, a preface, and things like that. I think that has some value and is worthy of some thought. I don't view it as a financial issue or a crucial project but in fact, just kind of a nice opportunity.
Ron Howard: (on directing) I discovered it through acting, through observing people carrying out that job and saying that seems to suit me better than being in front of the camera. I just felt like the total involvement looked fascinating and intriguing and when I began to do it, I just fell in love with it.
Ron Howard: (on the commonality among his films) I think it's a kind of a curiosity that I have for characters and the way they cope, particularly with loss or the threat of loss. I'm always intrigued by a character who thinks they are going down one path and suddenly has to face the possibility of a complete change, of an overwhelming loss.
Ron Howard: (on handling criticism) I think the healthiest kind of balance is one where you have the self confidence to continue to engage, to do the work, to prepare yourself so that you believe you are actually bringing something to this process.
Ron Howard: I think it's very fortunate that I was exposed to the entertainment business as a child, and taught about it in a really solid way... My dad is a very good natural teacher. He really gave me the fundamentals. So I had that going for me.
Ron Howard: One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges.
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