Ron Howard Says He’s Been Approached Several Times for Roles Over the Years: ‘Very Flattering’

by Chris Haney
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During a recent interview while he promoted his new book, famed director Ron Howard revealed that he’s been approached about multiple roles through the years despite not acting since the ’80s.

On Oct. 12, Ron and his brother Clint Howard released their co-authored book The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family. The pair grew up in Hollywood and have lived their entire lives around the entertainment industry. Ronnie first starred as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show at only six years old. He then went on to act as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days before transitioning behind the camera.

Howard opened up about his life and career in an exclusive interview with FOX News. He hasn’t been in front of a camera since 1986’s TV movie Return to Mayberry. But to Howard’s surprise, he’s received several opportunities to act in well-known roles over the years. In fact, he told the outlet that he was pitched “three different roles over the last couple of decades where the actors wound up being nominated in the Best Supporting category.”

“Some interesting filmmakers have thought that it might be a good idea to try to get me in front of the camera again, which is very, very flattering,” Ron Howard continued. “But between all that Brian [Grazer] and I are doing with Imagine Entertainment and the work that I’m doing in both scripted and documentary filmmaking now has just got me incredibly busy.”

However, he says his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard might be able to convince him. She followed in her father’s footsteps as an actor/director. Ron Howard said if she “called me up and said, ‘Dad, I’m directing this film and I want you to play a part,’ that’s something I would probably move my schedule around for.”

Clint and Ron Howard Are ‘Bowled Over’ By Fans’ Support of Their New Book

As mentioned, Clint and Ron Howard’s co-authored memoir hit bookshelves a little over a week ago. The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family revisits their remarkable lives growing up together in Hollywood. The memoir is a celebration of their careers while revealing personal anecdotes about their experiences on and off set.

The brothers were born into show business with parents Rance and Jean Speegle Howard raising them in Hollywood. Each of the siblings followed in their parents’ footsteps since they were each actors themselves. Most fans know of Ron Howard’s early work on TV, but some may not realize his brother had many roles as well.

Clint Howard voiced the young elephant Hathi Jr. in Disney’s 1967 animated movie The Jungle Book. He voiced the character at just seven years old, and also starred in Star Trek as a child. The prolific actor went on to add more than 250 acting credits during his 50-plus year career.

Therefore you know the brothers’ memoir is chock full of firsthand Hollywood stories. In fact, the early reception to their book has been overwhelming. Earlier tonight, Ron Howard took to social media to thank their fans for all of their recent support.