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Ron Howard (1) (1954–)

Author of Apollo 13 [1995 film]

For other authors named Ron Howard, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Ron Howard

Apollo 13 [1995 film] (1995) — Director — 753 copies
The Da Vinci Code [2006 film] (2006) — Director — 690 copies
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas [2000 film] (2001) — Director — 683 copies
A Beautiful Mind [2001 film] (2002) — Director — 602 copies
Willow [1988 film] (1988) — Director — 466 copies
Angels & Demons [2009 film] (2009) — Director — 405 copies
Solo: A Star Wars Story [2018 film] (2018) — Director — 398 copies
The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family (2021) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 394 copies
Cinderella Man [2005 film] (2005) — Director — 267 copies
Backdraft [1991 film] (1991) — Director — 173 copies
Frost/Nixon [2008 film] (2008) — Director — 163 copies
Far and Away [1992 film] (1992) — Director — 144 copies
Inferno [2016 film] (2016) 138 copies
Cocoon [1985 film] (1985) — Director — 138 copies
Splash [1984 film] (1984) — Director — 134 copies
The Missing [2003 film] (2003) — Director — 132 copies
In the Heart of the Sea [2015 film] (2015) — Director — 129 copies
Rush [2013 film] (2014) — Director — 89 copies
Night Shift [1982 film] (1982) — Director — 76 copies
Ransom [1996 film] (1996) — Director — 64 copies
Parenthood [1989 film] (1989) — Director — 62 copies
EDtv [1999 film] (1999) — Director — 55 copies
The Paper [1994 film] (1994) 31 copies
The Dilemma [2011 film] (2011) — Director — 29 copies
Gung Ho [1986 film] (1986) — Director — 25 copies
The Da Vinci Code / Angels & Demons [double feature] (2009) — Director — 22 copies
Parenthood [and] Housesitter (Double Feature Video) (2010) — Director — 20 copies
Genius: Einstein: The Complete First Season (2018) — Director — 14 copies
Backdraft: 2-Movie Collection — Director — 5 copies
Pavarotti (2019) 5 copies
Hillbilly Elegy [2020 film] (2020) — Director — 4 copies
Willow / Ladyhawke / Legend (Videorecording) — Director; Director — 2 copies
9-Movie Family Classics (2014) 2 copies
Bitter Harvest (1981) (2012) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Music Man [1962 film] (1962) — Actor — 327 copies
American Graffiti [1973 film] (1973) — Actor — 256 copies
Curious George [2006 film] (2006) — Producer — 200 copies
The Dark Tower [2017 film] (2017) — Producer — 165 copies
From Up on Poppy Hill [2011 film] (2012) — Actor, some editions — 114 copies
The Alamo [2004 film] (2004) — Producer — 107 copies
The Shootist [1976 film] (1976) — Actor — 104 copies
The Simpsons: Season 10 (2007) — Guest star — 85 copies
The Andy Griffith Show: Volume Two (2003) — Actor — 58 copies
In The Shadow of the Moon [2008 film] (2008) — Narrator — 57 copies
Osmosis Jones [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 40 copies
My Days: Happy and Otherwise (2018) — Foreword — 25 copies
The Andy Griffith Show: Volume Three (2015) — Actor — 24 copies
Happy Days: The Complete First Season (2004) — Actor — 23 copies
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series (2013) — Actor — 13 copies
Happy Days: The Complete Second Season (2015) — Actor — 10 copies
Happy Days: The Complete Third Season (2007) — Actor — 9 copies
The Wild Country [1970 film] (1970) — Actor — 8 copies
Happy Days: The Complete Fourth Season (2015) — Actor — 8 copies
How the Grinch Stole Hollywood: The Making of the Movie (2000) — Introduction — 7 copies
Five Minutes to Live [1961 film] (1961) — Actor — 5 copies
Village of the Giants [1965 film] (2021) — Actor — 3 copies
The Journey [1959 film] (2012) — Actor — 2 copies
Gentle Ben [TV series] — Actor — 1 copy

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Far and way beyond the usual glass-bubble, self-focused Hollywood memoir, Ron and Clint's The Boys takes you behind the scenes of twentieth-century showbiz, but with a twist: your guides are actually nice, thoughtful people. In fact, I'd venture to say that Ron Howard in particular is an example of how growing up in a truly nurturing family can give someone the strength to grow into a strong, ethical person who is able, through hard work and just a little luck, to realize his potential. Such a background is probably rarer than you might think, and it's certainly rare in Hollywood.

In fact, I would have enjoyed hearing more from Clint, who struggled far more. One gets the sense that he didn't want to rain on Ron's sunny parade by talking about his struggles — and the difficult, dark-side-of-Hollywood things he saw and Ron didn't — by saying as much as he could have. He definitely plays second fiddle in this book, and that seems like a shame.

Aside from the Howards' personalities, and the loving and detailed portrait of their shared, almost unbelievably supportive parents, I enjoyed the trips behind the stages of The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, and learning about Ron's far from straightforward journey from acting to directing with the help of Roger Corman, who seems to have been a mentor to dozens of great directors.
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john.cooper | 24 other reviews | Jan 28, 2024 |
This was a very pleasant surprise, a memoir of Hollywood that was dominated not by name dropping but by their actual family life, and trials and tribulations. Well written, honest, enjoyable.
 
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Cantsaywhy | 24 other reviews | Sep 10, 2023 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/cu4pVobS20A

Enjoy!
 
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booklover3258 | 24 other reviews | Sep 6, 2023 |
Month of April 2022: Celebrity Profiles
Audiobook (13 hrs)
Read by brothers, Ron Howard and Clint Howard


The Andy Griffith Show is still one of my favorite shows today. I feel really sad that I can’t give this a big ol’ fat 5-star. But, I was actually a little disappointed, maybe a little bored would be a better word, during portions of this autobiography. 3 star really…average, take it or leave it.

This was read by both Ron and Clint. I would be listening to Ron, then suddenly out of the blue, Clint would chime in...sometimes on his part of the story, or a part of his life, sometimes it was just a sentence. This actually threw me off a bit. Their voices are so different; I wouldn’t be expecting the change. I was like, “Wait, what? Ron’s story is over?” They were both really good readers, but some parts were very interesting, and some parts literally put me to sleep. I wonder if I would have felt differently about their story if I had read the book myself? Could be that I’m just not really into audiobooks? I am trying a few for the first time this year.

Of course, I knew exactly which show Ron was talking about when it came to the little tidbits on The Andy Griffith Show and could visualize every scene. I really enjoyed hearing all about how this show was filmed. I will say I was surprised to find out that Ron had such a hard time throughout his school years because of his sweet little Opie character. Boy, kids can sure be mean.

I forgot about Ron playing Richie on Happy Days, which wasn’t one of my favorite shows back in the ‘70’s. I only watched because I was in love with Scott Baio. I never realized what good friends Ron and Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, really were.

Richie was the star of the show, but was consequently being marginalized because the viewers were more into Fonzie. After several seasons, the producers were wanting to rename the show, “Fonzie’s Happy Days”. This kind of pushed Ron into directing, instead of acting, which is where he had always wanted to be since he was a little kid. This...he is very good at!

Ron found out a little later just what a good friend he had in Henry Winkler, who had told the producers, “No!” He was not for renaming the show after him because he knew Happy Days was Richie’s show. Needless to say, they are still good friends to this day. In fact, Henry is Godfather to all four of Ron Howard’s kids.

How ironic that my next book to read is Henry Winkler’s autobiography, “I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River” (2011). It looks and sounds very promising. We’ll see.
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MissysBookshelf | 24 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |

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Cliff Hollingsworth Screenwriter
Peter Morgan Screenwriter
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Tom Benedek Screenwriter
Bruce Jay Friedman Screenwriter
Charles Leavitt Screenwriter
Jason Katims Creator
Martin Scorsese Contributor
Patricia Bosworth Contributor
Ronald Reagan Contributor
Carl Reiner Director
Frank Oz Director
Ridley Scott Director
James Horner Composer
Tom Hanks Actor
Hans Zimmer Composer
Dan Brown Original book, Author
Ed Harris Actor
Brian Grazer Producer
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer, Director of Photography
Bryce Dallas Howard Foreword, Narrator
David Koepp Screenwriter, Writer
Jean Reno Actor
Dr. Seuss Original Book
Roger A. Deakins Director of photography
Sylvia Nasar Original book
Nigel Wooll Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
John Powell Composer
Thomas Newman Composer.
David Saperstein Original book
Donald Peterman Cinematographer
Cyril Hume Screenwriter
Brian Grazier Producer
Richard Price Screenwriter
Piotr Sobocinski Cinematographer
Scott Rudin Producer
Walter Isaacson Original book
Simon Emanuel Producer
Ray Park Actor

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Members
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
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ISBNs
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