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Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma. He started acting as a young child. As an actor he was best known for his roles on television, as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. He appeared in movies like The Music Man (1962) and American Graffiti (1973).
He later quit acting and became a director. Some of the movies he has directed are: Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Cinderella Man (2005).
Recently, he returned to television and made the TV show Arrested Development.
- "Ron Howard Biography (1954–)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/42/Ron-Howard.html. Retrieved March 5, 2010.