Ron Howard’s Brother Clint Reflects on Guest-Starring on ‘All the Westerns’

by Joe Rutland

There is a time in the timeline of Clint Howard, brother of Ron Howard, where he was a guest star on Western TV shows. How many, though?

Outsiders, Clint Howard answers that probing question in an interview with AV Club. Clint and Ron were chatting it up in advance of their book, “The Boys: A Memoir Of Hollywood And Family.”

Clint remembered a number of shows he worked on back in the day.

Please Don’t Eat The Daisies,” he said. “I did all the Westerns. Years later, I did The Streets Of San Francisco. I did two episodes of The Fugitive. I did an episode of F.B.I. In writing [The Boys], Ron and I went back—because we never talked shop at home.”

What were some of those Westerns, you ask? Take a read on these classic TV shows where Clint Howard has a starring role. Shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Laredo,” “The Virginian,” and “The Cowboys.” There are others in the actor’s filmography, too.

Ron Howard Almost Had Role In Another Series Before Hitting It Big With Griffith

Ron Howard has had quite a career with his hit TV shows “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days.” Clint Howard had a recurring role on the Griffith show as Leon.

Speaking of Ron Howard, when he was a young tike known as “Little Ronnie Howard,” he was cast in a TV movie called “Barnaby.”

This movie was based on a 1940s popular comic strip. Howard played a 5-year-old who communicated with his guardian angel Mr. O’Malley. Actor Bert Lahr of “The Wizard of Oz” fame played the angel.

A holiday movie was booked for 1959 in a way that would bring the comic strip characters to life. The idea would be to have the movie be a success and lead to a TV series.

Two Television Series Are Part Of Howard History In Entertainment World

But producers from “The Andy Griffith Show” had their eyes on Howard, too, for the Opie Taylor role.

Would they get their Opie? Well, “Barnaby” didn’t turn into a series and the rest is TV history.

Howard himself has been a part of two of television’s favorite sitcoms in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days.”

His work as Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham is quite remarkable all these years later.

He appeared in 239 episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” and 170 episodes of “Happy Days.”

The shows are still running in syndication across the United States and, well, around the world.

Clint Howard, as we noted earlier, had a role on the Griffith show. Ron is a film director these days and has given his brother parts in them to play. Their care and concern for one another are something to be admired.