When it comes to filmmaking, the greatness of many is found behind the camera, not in front of it. This can take the form of directing and moving each piece to create a glorious image. This is the story of Ron Howard, a filmmaker who found his true calling behind the camera by making some of our favorite films and acting in two high-profile television sitcoms in his youth.
Ronald William Howard was born on March 1, 1954, in Duncan, California, the son of a Hollywood family. What you may not know about him is that he is of German, English, Irish, Scottish and Dutch descent.
In his youth, he became famous by playing the role of young Opie Taylor, son of Sheriff Andy Taylor, in the hit sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. In his early days as an aspiring actor, Ron Howard admitted that he knew he would eventually become a director. One could view his acting experience as a training wheel to better manage the men and women in front of the camera. He made his acting debut in 1959 in the film The Journey. He then continued to appear in several television shows before he got his role in the Andy Griffith Show.
Ron Howard had a number of film and television appearances before he made his directorial debut in the low-budget comedy/action movie Grand Theft Auto in 1977. The film only came about after Ron agreed to star in Eat My Dust! with Christopher Norris in exchange for a directorial role. Ron Howard continued to refine his craft and directed several television films. His big breakthrough as a director came in 1982 when he took over the night shift, starring Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, and Henry Winkler.
Since then, he has continued to make good 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 demonstrated his directing skills time and again.
In addition to his work as a director, Howard is co-chair 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 Howard’s mother, Jean Speegle Howard, was an actress, while his father, Rance Howard, was a director, writer, and actor. It is in the footsteps of his father that Ron Howard would later walk.
It has been said that Ron Howard comes from a Hollywood family, but what we have not mentioned is that both children of Howard’s parents followed in their parents’ footsteps. Ron’s brother, Clinton Howard, is also an American actor. He has appeared on several 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 has found his own place in the history books of Hollywood, after having participated in several classic projects.
Clinton Howard is also a musician and founded The Kempsters in 1981. The band was a new wave rock and roll group whose name was derived from the street where its members lived. Clinton married his wife Melanie in 1995; unfortunately, the couple divorced in 2017.
Family: Wife, Daughter, Children
Ron Howard is married to the writer Cheryl Alley. Together the couple has four children – Bryce, Jocelyn, Paige, and Reed. His first child, Bryce Dallas Howard, is a professional actress who has worked on major projects such as Spider-Man 3, Terminator Salvation, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Most recently, she appeared in Jurassic World and its sequel Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom” in a leading role alongside Chris Pratt. She is married to actor Seth Gabel and the couple has two children.
Twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard were born on February 5, 1985. Paige is also an actor. Ron’s son, Reed Cross, was born in 1987 and is known for his restrained behavior.
Ron Howard’s Net Worth
If you have been making successful television shows for decades and directing blockbusters, no one will bat an eyelid when you consider your net worth in the region of $140 million. With an average income of $10 million per film and as co-chair of a film production company, there is no second sight when you see that Ron Howard – with his achievements and his position – enjoys such wealth.