When it comes to making a film, the greatness of many is behind the camera, not in front of it. This can take the form of staging and moving each piece to form a glorious image. This is the story of Ron Howard, a filmmaker who found his true calling behind the camera, directing some of our favorite films and playing in two high-level television series in his youth.
Ron Howard’s Biography
Ronald William Howard was born on March 1, 1954, in Duncan, California, into a Hollywood family. What you may not know about him is that he is of German, English, Irish, Scottish and Dutch origin.
In his youth, he made a name for himself by playing the young Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor in the hit sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show. At the beginning of his career as an aspiring actor, Ron Howard acknowledged that he knew he would eventually become a director. One could consider his experience as an actor as a training wheel to better manage men and women in front of the camera. He made his acting debut in 1959 in the film Le Voyage. Then appeared in a few television shows before landing his role in The Andy Griffith Show.
Ron Howard made several appearances on film and television before making his directorial debut in 1977 in Grand Theft Auto, a low-budget comedy and action film. The film was only made after Ron agreed to play in Eat My Dust! with Christopher Norris in exchange for a director’s role. Ron Howard then perfected his art by directing several TV movies. In 1982, his big break in directing came when he took over Night Shift, with Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, and Henry Winkler.
Since then, he has continued to deliver good and great films including Splash, Willow, Apollo 13, Rush, The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind for which he won an Oscar for best director. Since then, Ron Howard has continued to use his talents as a director.
In addition to directing, Howard is co-president of Imagine Entertainment, a film and television production company, alongside Brian Grazer. Imagine Entertainment is credited with some popular projects such as Friday Night Lights, 24 and Arrested Development.
Ron’s Parents, Brother
Ron Howard’s mother, Jean Speegle Howard was an actress while his father, Rance Howard was a director, writer, and actor. Ron Howard would later follow in his father’s footsteps.
It is said that Ron Howard comes from a Hollywood family, but what we did not mention is that both of Howard’s parents’ children followed their parents’ path. Ron’s brother, Clinton Howard, is also an American actor. He has appeared on many television shows including The Andy Griffith Show which made his brother famous. He also appeared in the cult hit, Star Trek. Clinton Howard may not be as popular as his brother, but he found his own place in Hollywood history books after participating in many classic projects.
Also a musician, Clinton Howard founded The Kempsters in 1981. The group was a new wave rock and roll group whose name came from the street where the members lived. Clinton married his wife Melanie in 1995; unfortunately, in 2017, the couple divorced.
Family: Wife, Daughter, Children
Ron Howard is married to a writer, Cheryl Alley. Together, the couple has four children – Bryce, Jocelyn, Paige, and Reed. His first child, Bryce Dallas Howard, is an actress who has performed in major projects such as Spider-Man 3, Terminator Salvation, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. More recently, she appeared in Jurassic World and its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in a lead role alongside Chris Pratt. She is married to actor Seth Gabel and the couple has two children together.
Twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard were born on February 5, 1985. Paige is also an actress. Ron’s son, Reed Cross, was born in 1987 and is known to keep a low profile.
Ron Howard’s Net Worth
When you make successful television programs and blockbusters for decades, no one cares about net worth, Ron Howard’s net worth is $140 million. Making an average of $10 million per film and co-chairing a film production company, there is no secondary eye to see Ron Howard – with his achievements and position, enjoy such wealth.