Actor-director Ron Howard of “Happy Days” fame hadn’t done any acting on his own in a while. It became a struggle for him, too.
In a 2015 interview with sportscaster Dan Patrick on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Howard was asked about the last time he acted.
“Well, it was, it depends on what you count as acting,” Howard, who played Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” said. “I appeared as myself in ‘Arrested Development,’ the new episodes (circa 2015) of ‘Arrested Development.
“And that’s really the first time I’ve been on camera because I’m actually the uncredited announcer on that show, narrator on that show,” Howard said.
‘Happy Days’ Star Started Thinking That He’d Lost ‘All His Gears’
“But I thought, ‘Oh man, I have lost all my gears. I have no control over what I am doing,'” he told Patrick. “And all my scenes are with Jason Bateman and he’s so cool.”
Howard said he was grateful for Bateman being there because “it was like a rock I could hang onto.”
“And even playing myself, you still have to remember the lines, hit a rhythm, find the beats, blah, blah, blah,” he said.
“The director’s giving you notes,” Howard said. “And you’re trying this, that, and the other. I go, ‘I got nothing, I got nothing.’ By day three, I kind-of remembered what I was doing.”
For Howard, who went on to direct films after leaving “Happy Days,” to admit that publicly is pretty brave. People have been watching him act since he was a young boy as Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Ron Howard, Brother Clint Will Publish Memoir This Year
When you have had the type of career and life Ron Howard has had, it’s got to be worth writing a book about for people.
Howard is teaming up with his brother Clint Howard, an actor in his own right, to put together “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.”
HarperCollins Publishers imprint William Morrow announced on April 12 that it will publish the memoir. It’s due out in October, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The Howard brothers will tell the story of their shared childhood in Hollywood. They plan to talk about their adult lives after being child actors. While Ron Howard is known for “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days,” Clint Howard also starred in “Gentle Ben” and “Star Trek.”
With their father Rance in their hearts, both Howard brothers look to deliver a book that other show business families can relate to in their lives. Rance Howard, an actor, died on Nov. 25, 2017, at 89 years old. He helped both Ron and Clint in their acting careers. Now both sons can share what they learned from their father, along with their career lessons, in the book.