Ronald William "Ron" Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is the son of Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard and the older brother of actor Clint Howard. Howard's parents and brother have often appeared on works that he has acted in or directed.
Howard's most famous early role was playing the role of Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and its successor show Mayberry RFD. In the 1970s and 80s Howard would find new fame playing the role of Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. Howard also had a starring role in American Graffiti and The Shootist - which was John Wayne's final film before his death in 1979.
In later years, Howard became well-known as a respected movie director. His first effort came about when Roger Corman agreed to let him direct a movie after he starred in Eat My Dust, so long as said film involved car chases. The resulting film was Grand Theft Auto, which was made on a $602,000 budget and grossed $15,000,000 at the box office.
Other movies Ron Howard has directed include Willow (which was repeatedly referenced during Experiment #523) Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind (for which he won an Academy Award) and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He also co-produced, narrated, and appeared in the TV series Arrested Development.