‘Happy Days’ Star Ron Howard Takes a Look Back in Video Celebrating Childhood

by Anna Dunn
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Ron Howard attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)

Happy Days star Ron Howard just took a look back on his childhood and career in Hollywood in a new video. The actor and director is working on promoting a new book about his experiences in the industry with his family.

The book, called The Boys sees brothers Ron and Clint Howard write honestly about their odd childhood, unusual family, and how they survived being child stars. The book is already available for order.

The video, which Howard posted to Twitter, takes a look at just a few of the moments mentioned in the book.

“Here’s a visual look back. Fun. My brother & I wrote about many of these moments in http://hc.com/theboys hope you enjoy,” the former Happy Days star and director wrote on Twitter.

“I have been fortunate to see my life turn out incredibly well, to not only realize, but surpass my dreams of making a living being a storyteller,” Howard says in the video. The video displays old pictures and videos from his childhood.

“Until recently I was not particularly inclined to contemplate the “why” of this. But when my father died over thanksgiving weekend in 2017, his passing kicked off a round of introspection,” he continued. And thus, this book was born. When their father died, he and Clint were left without parents. Their mother died in 2000.

Being parentless weighed heavily on both of them. And when they started looking more into their parents, they realized their parent’s journies were a bit strange, which made their lives a bit strange as well.

In the video, Clint also discusses how he felt going back to the old house after their father died. And how the show business life was actually quite difficult and had them working hard.

The ‘Happy Days’ Star Mentions the Difficult Industry could Have Hurt Them

The brothers also discuss how they grew up in an industry with “way more snares and traps than we were aware of in our innocence.” They balanced the time between going to regular school and getting homeschooled on set.

Their parents really tried their best to navigate this life. The former Happy Days star said that these lives in the entertainment industry should have left himself and Clint “Psychologically damaged,” like so many others. But their parents worked hard to keep them grounded and well.

“We somehow made it through, intact, ready for the next adventure,” Howard said.

Child stars notoriously struggle, but these two managed to keep afloat. This new book, The Boys sees the Howard brothers exploring why. If you’re excited about the new book from acclaimed director and Happy Days star Ron Howard and his brother, you can order it now.