Ron Howard Drops Awesome Throwback Snap From ‘Short Western’ He Made in High School

by Joe Rutland

Actor-director Ron Howard was already working toward his dream of film work as a teenager. He shares a photo from those days.

Howard, whom classic TV fans remember from The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, went on Twitter on Sunday morning and posted this online.

As you can see, from left to right, is Ron Howard, his brother Clint Howard, and their mother, Jean Speegle Howard. Their father and Jena’s husband was Rance Howard.

Ron Howard also mentions that this is a picture he talks about in his and Clint’s memoir, “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.”

He’s currently filming “Thirteen Lives,” which is focused on the Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018.

Ron Howard Talks About Most Personal Film That He’s Ever Made

You know, Outsiders, Ron Howard has made a lot of movies in his career.

One of them, though, leads him to call it the “most personal” he’s made.

What movie is it? Well, Ron Howard talked about it on The Drew Barrymore Show.

Actress Drew Barrymore, who hosts the show, brought up the movie when Ron and Clint appeared on her talk show.

“I can’t even say this movie without saying I think this is the film that changed our lives the most – ‘Parenthood’,” Barrymore said.

Howard directed the 1989 film and had a hand in the story. He was in there along with Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz, and his business partner, Brian Grazer.

“It’s probably the most personal film that I’ve ever made because so many of those stories came from one or the other of us,” Ron Howard said. “(Lowell) Ganz, (Babaloo) Mandel, Brian Grazer telling stories about, you know, sort of his childhood, but also his years as a dad.”

Actor-Director Recalls Time Around Jim Nabors on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

In the book, Ron Howard recalls being close to actor George Lindsey, who played Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show.

But he admits that he really didn’t know Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle.

Howard did say that they got along.

“I wasn’t as close with Jim Nabors, though he was an extremely nice man,” Ron Howard writes. “It took me until the ’80s, when we did the Return to Mayberry reunion film, for me to discover that Jim was not just this friendly ‘Gollee!’ goofball but a worldly, intelligent guy with whom I would enjoy having conversations.”

Ron Howard did write that people called Nabors a lot of names connected to his sexuality.

“I didn’t yet understand that there were gay people all around me, and all across the world,” he writes. “But this was my introduction to the very concept of queerness.”