‘Happy Days’ Icon Ron Howard Shares He and His Brother’s ‘The Boys’ Book Is ‘Finally Finished’

by Jennifer Shea

“Happy Days” star Ron Howard is looking back on the process of writing his most recent book, “The Boys.” And he’s marveling at how much he and brother Clint Howard have accomplished.

“It took some growing and doing, Dad, but Clint and I finally finished our book!” Howard tweeted Saturday. “THE BOYS. Out on October 12.”

Ron Howard Co-Wrote the Book With His Brother

“The Boys” grew out of the Howard boys’ grief over the death of their father Rance, a legendary actor who passed away in 2017 at age 89. They started looking back at their experiences as child actors. Ron appeared on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days,” Clint on “Star Trek” and “Gentle Ben.” And they soon realized that period had shaped their respective lives.

Ron said that after their father’s death, he and his brother really took some time to appreciate the childhoods their father had given them.

“Clint and I began reflecting upon our lives and realized that while our childhoods seemed normal, they were anything but,” he said in a statement. “Who grows up on a soundstage hanging out with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, or with a trained bear? And what are the ways that particular childhood forever informed the choices I would make as a husband, father and filmmaker? We’re excited to share the story of how our parents pulled this off— raising two show-business kids who had no clue that their lives were out of the ordinary while rooting them in a loving, slightly off-beat family.”

In a somewhat bittersweet reflection, Clint added that he learned so much from both of their parents. And he clearly misses them still. The Howards’ mother, Jean Speegle Howard, died of heart and respiratory ailments in 2000 at age 73.

“Mom and Dad’s teachings are treasures to this day but I’ve realized that I took their presence for granted,” Clint said in a statement. “Writing ‘The Boys’ with my brother has been the topper of a wonderful lifetime.”

Howard Was Bullied For His Appearances on ‘Happy Days’ And ‘Andy Griffith’

For Ron Howard, being a child actor was not always something to brag about. And he reportedly endured bullying for playing Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham.

“For Ron, playing Opie on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and Richie Cunningham on ‘Happy Days’ offered fame, joy, and opportunity,” the book’s publisher, William Morrow, said in a statement. “But [it] also invited stress and bullying.”

Howard used to get into fights with people who made him the butt of their jokes. But it was Rance who ultimately helped him learn how to deal with the bullying.

Fortunately for Howard, he found what he loved to do. He got into directing and producing. And he later became a Hollywood heavyweight, founding the production company Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer in 1986. The two went on to make many hit films.

And soon, Ron and Clint will likely be able to add “bestselling author” to their list of accomplishments.