Ron Howard’s Brother Clint Hilariously Rides Toy Bear Scooter

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Please forgive Ron Howard’s brother Clint Howard if riding a toy bear scooter caused him to have some flashbacks, Outsiders.

We’ll talk about why that may be so in a minute.

But 2021 has been a stellar year for the Howard brothers. They released a memoir about growing up in Holywood and their lives together.

So, let’s take a look at Ron Howard’s brother Clint Howard riding this scooter.

If you didn’t catch the reference about people asking what happened to the bear, then he actually clears it up indirectly.

Up in the caption along with the video, you can see a hashtag with “gentleben” written in there. As a child actor, Ron Howard’s brother Clint Howard starred in the CBS show Gentle Ben. He played Mark Wedloe, and his best friend was a black bear named Ben.

Ah, those 1960s TV shows and their storylines. Want another quick trivia piece about that show? Dennis Weaver, who played Chester Goode on Gunsmoke and Marshal Sam McCloud on McCloud, played his father.

Ron Howard’s Brother Clint Howard Talks About Only Negative With Bear Costar

We mentioned above about Ron Howard’s brother Clint Howard starring in Gentle Ben.

His first TV appearance has something in common with his brother. It happened to be on The Andy Griffith Show as he played Little Leon for a stretch.

Still, he doesn’t even remember that first appearance on the show that also starred Ron Howard.

So, Gentle Ben earned an award for “Favorite Fauna” at the 2004 TV Land Awards. They honored Howard’s bear-ish co-star, Bruno.

What might be “the only negative” working with a North American black bear who is trained?

In their new memoir together, The Boys, the Howard brothers talk about growing up in the limelight.

OK, here’s Clint!

“The only negative…was that he smelled,” he said about Bruno. “He also took prodigious dumps due to his equally prodigious diet.”

How did the bear get on the show? Well, according to the Chicago Tribune, Anthony Pelky was the owner of Wisconsin’s Chain Lake Deer Farm. He raised the bear from a cub. 

Anthony Pelky’s son, Ralph, recounts how Bruno ended up on the Gentle Ben cast. Producers contacted his father with the idea of a TV show about keeping a bear as a pet.

“Dad and the trainer went into the pen and hollered for the bear, who we called Smokey at the time,” Ralph Pelky said. “Ben opened his mouth and grabbed the trainer`s hand in his mouth. The trainer said right there he wanted that bear.”

And the rest, as they say, is TV history.