'Happy Days' alum Ron Howard reveals who he would tap to play Richie Cunningham in a series revival

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How old is Ron Howard and Clint Howard?

Ron Howard, 67, is an Oscar-winning film director, producer and actor. His brother Clint, 62, is an actor with more than 200 film and TV credits. The Wall Street JournalActors Ron Howard and Clint Howard Talk About Coming of Age on Movie Sets

Are Ron Howard and Clint Howard related?

That's the question, along with the death of their father in 2017, that prompted Ron Howard and his brother, Clint, to co-write a memoir of their childhood. Associated PressReview: Ron and Clint Howard reveal Hollywood success story

What did Clint Howard star in?

(In the decades that followed, Clint went on to play roles in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and “Star Trek: Discovery” as well.) Clint Howard in the TV series “Gentle Ben” in 1967. Los Angeles Times8 things that might surprise you about growing up in 1960s Hollywood

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Review: Ron and Clint Howard reveal Hollywood success story

Yahoo Entertainment 13 October, 2021 - 06:10am

“What was it like growing up on TV?” That’s the question, along with the death of their father in 2017, that prompted Ron Howard and his brother, Clint, to co-write a memoir of their childhood.

“The Boys” is exactly what you’d expect from the big brother who played Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham and his younger sibling, most famous as a child actor for his three-year role opposite a bear in “Gentle Ben.” It’s wholesome, earnest and contains just enough tidbits about Mayberry and “Happy Days” to satisfy ardent fans.

The bothers alternate writing portions of most chapters, sharing their stories and musing about how lucky they were to survive in Hollywood as child actors. The book is dedicated to their parents, Rance and Jean Howard, who deserve all the credit for helping their kids navigate stardom. At one point in the 1960′s, Ron — he was Ronny then — was one of the most famous people on television. He did the math one day during Sandy Koufax’s contract dispute and realized he was earning more money than the Dodgers’ left-handed ace.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid still in elementary school, but the Howards are not your typical Hollywood family. Rance moved the family west from New York (he and Jean actually grew up in Oklahoma and chased their own acting dreams to the Big Apple) to capitalize on the growing popularity of television. The intent, of course, was to support his family as a middle-aged actor in westerns, military dramas and cop shows. “But the Howard who kept getting cast without fail was me,” writes Ron. “I got almost every part I auditioned for. Thanks to my freckles and red hair, I had the perfect wholesome, gee-willikers look for the late Eisenhower era.”

Ronny wore Opie’s Keds for eight years on “The Andy Griffith Show,” adhering to California’s child labor laws and attending grade school, middle school and high school when he wasn’t being tutored on set. But it wasn’t all whistling theme songs and laugh tracks. Ron shares quite a few examples of what he calls “Opie shaming,” and credits his father for teaching him to be tough enough to occasionally fight back against bullies.

Clint’s story, too, is unflinching. He didn’t navigate fame as deftly as his big brother and started abusing drugs in his teens. But he’s decades sober now and still working as a character actor, in part because that’s what his father always did, busying himself with household chores while “waiting for the phone to ring.” In fact, throughout the book it’s clear that both brothers revere their father — for the careers he provided them, the advice he gave them throughout their lives, and the shining example of his marriage to their mom.

There’s lots more to recommend, but, alas, AP reviews don’t run as long as popular serial television. So readers will have to buy it if they want any “Happy Days” gossip or details about how Ron managed to transition from a highly successful child actor to an Oscar-winning film director. In the end, it’s the remarkable story of a family that chose a very public line of work but managed to live by their own private values in an America that gave them the space to do just that.

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Ron Howard is known primarily as a director these days, but when he started his career way back in the late 1950s at the age of five, Howard was a child actor. His first major role came as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960 to 1968. A few years later, he landed another iconic character: Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. But, while Howard was already quite used to being on TV sets, appearing on the series was still stressful for the young actor. In his new memoir, Howard shares th

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Ron Howard on Who Should Play His Role in a 'Happy Days' Revival

The US Sun 12 October, 2021 - 07:09pm

Recently, the acclaimed director sat down with his brother, actor Clint Howard, and the celeb siblings interviewed one another, exclusively for ET.

During their chat, Clint brought up the frequently asked question of a potential Happy Days revisit, and Ron made a surprising suggestion for who he felt could do a great job playing Richie Cunningham.

"There’s this kid, his career is really taking off so who knows, but let’s just say I think Jack Dylan Grazer would be great," Ron said. "That is Brian Grazer -- my partner at Imagine Entertainment -- his nephew. But nepotism aside, I think he'd be great."

"He'd be a cooler, hipper Richie Cunningham," Ron added. "If he was willing to take the job."

Jack Dylan Grazer's career has recently begun to heat up in a big way. He starred in both It films, based on the horror novel by Stephen King, and voiced a lead character in Pixar's recent project Luca, among many other credits to the 18-year-old actor's name.

The pair also reflected on the upcoming milestone anniversary for A Beautiful Mind, which turns 20 in December. The film earned Ron two Oscars, for Best Director and Best Picture.

"Boy, I haven’t seen Beautiful Mind since it was released in theatres," Ron shared. "I don’t look back too often, I just stay busy and I’m always onto the next project. But I have great memories of it."

"When you say Beautiful Mind, I immediately go to a whole series of moments where Russell Crowe was so creative and so courageous and would draw upon aspects of his own psyche that were so powerful, I was literally in awe," Ron continued. "It was artistry that I was witnessing, and so that film owes itself to some great writing from Akiva Goldsman and this remarkable performance at the center of it."

Crowe would go on to earn an Oscar nomination for his performance, while Goldsman took home on Oscar for the screenplay.

Now, nearly 60 years after both Ron and Clint began their careers as child actors, and after countless cinematic collaborations, the pair have united to co-write a new memoir about their experiences -- The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.

The recollections focus largely on the brothers' early lives as actors in the spotlight who managed to stage grounded due to the love and guidance from their parents, and an attitude the brothers refer to as "Midwestern zen."

"They had such an unbelievably patient way in dealing with us and they were not mesmerized by the glamor of the industry," Clint recalled. "They were not mesmerized by fame or potential fortune. Both mom and dad saw it as an opportunity to do really fun, expressive, creative work. They always kept it about the work."

The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family is available now.

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