Academy Award-winning filmmaker RON
HOWARD (Directed by/
Produced by) is one of this
generation's most popular
directors. From the critically
acclaimed dramas A Beautiful
Mind and Apollo 13 to the
hit comedies Parenthood
and Splash, he has created
some of Hollywood's most
Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man,
starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, with whom he
previously had collaborated on A Beautiful Mind, for
which Howard earned an Oscar for Best Director and
which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted
Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film
garnered four Golden Globes as well, including the
award for Best Motion Picture -- Drama. Additionally,
Howard won Outstanding Directorial Achievement
in Feature Film from the Directors Guild of America
(DGA). Howard and producer Brian Grazer received the
first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental
Health Awareness Campaign for their work on the film.
Howard's skill as a director has long been recognized.
In 1995, he received his first award for Outstanding
Directorial Achievement in Feature Film from the
DGA for Apollo 13. The true-life drama also garnered
nine Academy Award nominations, winning Oscars
for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. It also received
Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor awards
from the Screen Actors Guild. Many of Howard's past
films have received nods from the Academy, including
the popular hits Backdraft, Parenthood and Cocoon, the
last of which earned two Oscars. The Museum of the
Moving Image honored Howard in December 2005,
and the American Cinema Editors honored him in
February 2006. In January 2009, the Producers Guild
of America (PGA) honored Howard and his creative
partner, Brian Grazer, with the Milestone Award. In
November 2009, New York University's Tisch School of
the Arts honored them with the Big Apple Award, and
in May 2010, the Simon Wiesenthal Center honored
them with its Humanitarian Award. In June 2010, the
Chicago International Film Festival honored Howard
with its Silver Hugo Career Achievement Award. In
March 2013, Howard was inducted into the Academy
of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
Howard is currently in production on a film about
the Made in America music festival with Jay Z, as well
as the drama The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon.
The latter is based on the true story of the Lost Boys of
Sudan. He is also in pre-production on In the Heart of the
Sea, which he is directing and stars Chris Hemsworth.
Howard also produced and directed the film
adaptation of Peter Morgan's critically acclaimed
play Frost/Nixon. The film, which was released in
December 2009, was nominated for five Academy
Awards, including Best Picture, and was nominated
for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in
Theatrical Motion Pictures by the PGA.
Howard's portfolio includes some of the most
popular films of the past 20 years. In 1991, Howard
created the acclaimed drama Backdraft, starring Robert
DeNiro, Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. He followed
it with the historical epic Far and Away, starring Tom
Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Howard later directed Mel
Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo
in the 1996 suspense thriller Ransom. Howard worked
with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton,
Gary Sinise and Kathleen Quinlan on Apollo 13, which
was rereleased in the IMAX format.
Howard's other films include the comedy The
Dilemma, which starred Vince Vaughn and Kevin
James; his adaptations of Dan Brown's best-selling
novels "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code," starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks; the blockbuster
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey;
Parenthood, starring Steve Martin; the fantasy epic
Willow; Night Shift, starring Henry Winkler, Michael
Keaton and Shelley Long; and the suspenseful Western
The Missing, starring Oscar winners Cate Blanchett
and Tommy Lee Jones.
Howard has also served as an executive producer
on a number of award-winning films and television
shows, such as the HBO miniseries From the Earth to
the Moon; FOX's Primetime Emmy Award winner for
Best Comedy Arrested Development, which he also
narrated; and NBC's hit Parenthood.
Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the
comedy Grand Theft Auto. He began his career in film
as an actor. He first appeared in The Journey and The
Music Man, then as Opie on the long-running television
series The Andy Griffith Show. Howard later starred in
the popular television series Happy Days and drew
favorable reviews for his performances in American
Graffiti and The Shootist.
Howard and longtime producing partner Brian
Grazer first collaborated on the hit comedies Night Shift
and Splash. The pair co-founded Imagine Entertainment
in 1986 to create independently produced feature films.
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