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->''"So like any good, closeted young lesbian of the Seventies, I developed a raging crush on Ron Howard from ''Series/HappyDays''."''
-->-- '''Creator/JaneLynch''', from her memoir ''Happy Accidents''

So remember that Opie kid from ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''? Well, Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) grew up to star in ''Series/HappyDays'' and discovered while being one of the biggest sitcom stars in the world that he liked directing. He's good at it, too.

[[AC:Some of the films he's directed include:]]
* ''Film/GrandTheftAuto'' (1977)
* ''Film/NightShift'' (1982)
* ''Film/{{Splash}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/{{Cocoon}}'' (1985)
* ''Film/GungHo'' (1986)
* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' (1988)
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/{{Backdraft}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/FarAndAway'' (1992)
* ''Film/ThePaper'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Ransom}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/EdTV'' (1999)
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (2000)
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' (2001) -- Academy Award winner for Best Director
* ''Film/TheMissing'' (2003)
* ''Film/CinderellaMan'' (2005)
* ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' (2006)
* ''[[Film/FrostNixon Frost/Nixon]]'' (2008)
* ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheDilemma'' (2011)
* ''[[Film/{{Rush|2013}} Rush]]'' (2013)
* ''Film/InTheHeartOfTheSea'' (2015)
* ''[[Literature/DanBrownsInferno Inferno]]'' (2016)
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Film/HanSoloFilm Han Solo Anthology spinoff]] (2018)[[note]]He was brought on board relatively late in production after Lucasfilm's contentious relationship with the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, with much of what they'd already shot still being used.[[/note]]

Many awards. Big ears. Father of Creator/BryceDallasHoward. Narrator ''([[AdamWesting And himself!]])'' on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
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