As an actor, writer, producer and, most notably, a director, RON HOWARD Director/Producer) has been responsible for some of entertainment's most memorable moments
As an actor, writer, producer and, most notably,
a director, RON HOWARD Director/Producer) has been responsible
for some of entertainment's most memorable moments. From the comedic
turns of Parenthood to the warmth of Cocoon, from
the romance of Splash to the exciting drama of Backdraft,
Howard's films have touched audiences around the world.
Most recently, Howard directed Ransom starring Mel Gibson,
Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo, which has grossed over
$300,000,000 worldwide to date and was the 5th highest grossing
movie of 1996.
In 1995, Mr. Howard directed Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks,
Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Kathleen
Quinlan; a suspenseful true-life drama about the 13th Apollo Mission
that lost power and guidance systems 200,000 miles from Earth.
Mr. Howard was named Best Director by the Directors Guild of America
for his work on Apollo 13. It has grossed over $335,000,000
worldwide and was nominated for nine Academy Awards and four Golden
Globe Awards; winning two Academy Awards for Best Film Editing
and Best Sound. Additionally, Apollo 13 was chosen Favorite
Motion Picture and Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture by the People's
Choice Awards, Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics Awards
and Best Cast and Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris) by the Screen
Actors Guild Awards.
Audiences first came to know Ron Howard from his work as an actor
in film and on television. Born in Ducan, Oklahoma, Howard had
his first acting role at the age of eighteen months in a Baltimore
production of The Seven Year Itch. At the age of four,
he made his first screen appearance in The Journey. Ron
subsequently appeared in The Music Man and as Opie in the
long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show .
In the 1970s, he starred in the popular television series Happy
Days, and drew favorable reviews for his performances in American
Graffiti and The Shootist.
In 1978, when he was 23 years old, Howard directed his first feature
film Grand Theft Auto. A string of popular hits followed,
ranging from domestic comedy to science-fiction/fantasy: Night
Shift: Splash, which was nominated for the Academy Award for
Best Screenplay; Cocoon, which won two Academy Awards;
Gung Ho; and Willow.
In 1986, Ron Howard joined forces with Brian Grazer as founders
and co-chairmen of Imagine Films Entertainment, Inc., a public
company that independently produced feature films. Under this
new banner, Howard directed Parenthood, the box office
hit that grossed over $100 million and was nominated for two Academy
Awards; Backdraft, which received four Academy Award nominations
and was one of the highest-grossing films of 1991; and Far
and Away, the epic love story starring Tom Cruise and Nicole
Kidman. Since Imagine was formed, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
have made films that have grossed over 2.5 billion dollars worldwide.
Among the other films produced by Imagine Films Entertainment
are Kindergarten Cop, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; My
Girl, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky; Housesitter.
starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn; and Boomerang, starring
The Howard-Grazer ream successfully took Imagine Films Entertainment,
Inc. private as Imagine Entertainment. Among that company's projects
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