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Ron Howard (b. 1954)

Then:
Red-haired Opie Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show.

Now:
Baseball-cap-wearing Oscar-winner.

FYI:

  • Presently kinda short of the hair he sported as Opie and, later, as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days (1974-84).
  • After roughly the second season of Happy Days, never combed said hair in any style approximating the 1950s.
  • Claimed two Academy Awards for producing and directing 2001 Best Picture-winner, A Beautiful Mind (2002).
  • Winner of Directors Guild of America Award for Apollo 13 (1995) and A Beautiful Mind.
  • Cofounder, with producer Brian Grazer, of Hollywood powerhouse Imagine Entertainment (established 1986).
  • As a 27-year-old helmer, directed screen legend Bette Davis in the TV-movie, Skyward (1980).
  • Made directing debut, at age 23, with low-budget car-chase flick Grand Theft Auto (1977).
  • Came of age as an adult star (in the non-porn sense) in American Grafitti (1973).
  • Made film debut, at age 4, in the Cold War-era drama, The Journey (1959).
  • Other key child-star era credits include: The Music Man (1962); The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963); and, Village of the Giants (1965).
  • Originally billed as "Ronny" or "Ronnie" Howard.
  • Father of actress Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village).
  • Brother of Clint Howard, also known as "the employee."

    Links:

  • Imagine Entertainment
  • The Andy Griffith Rerun Watchers Club
  • Sitcoms Online: Happy Days
  • IMDb.com credits


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