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‘Happy Days’: Ron Howard Remembers Meeting Beatles Icon John Lennon on Set

by Samantha Whidden
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Decades after meeting The Beatles’ John Lennon while on the classic TV sitcom Happy Days lot, Ron Howard is recalling his first impression of the iconic British band’s lead singer

While responding to a fan on Twitter asking about him meeting John Lennon, Ron Howard revealed that Lennon and his son Julian were at the Paramount Lot and wanted to see The Fonz. “Julian loved Happy Days and wanted to meet The Fonz. So his dad asked the Paramount Studio guide and they listed for about 20 minutes or so. Lead to this moment and a great memory.”

While promoting The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years film in 2016, Ron Howard revealed to NME that Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz on Happy Days, was actually desperate to meet John Lennon as well. “I had nothing but admiration for John Lennon. But I was nothing quite as fervent. For Henry, it was a practically religious experience. I just said hello. It was all over in 10 or 15 minutes.” 

Meanwhile, Ron Howard also spoke about meeting Ringo and Keith a few years later. However, he believed that the two musicians were in a state where he wouldn’t expect them to remember much of the experience.

Ron Howard Admits He Wasn’t a Huge Beatles Fan Growing Up

As he continued his chat with NME, Ron Howard admitted that he wasn’t exactly a huge “Beatlemaniac” as a child. However, the Happy Days star said he enjoyed the band’s merchandise and wanted some for his tenth birthday. “I decided what I really wanted was a Beatle wig and Beatle boots. The Beatle boots didn’t even arrive. But I did get a wig.”

Besides the merchandise, Ron Howard admitted he just wasn’t really interested in The Beatles or the hype that followed the British boy band. “I always appreciated [The Beatles],” the Happy Days castmate explained. “But I never thought a lot of music. I like the music a lot, but it’s the story [about the group] I was attracted to.”

When asked what draws people to The Beatles even after all these years, Ron Howard shared that the music is still great. He called the bandmates charismatic, sexy, and exciting to look at. “I think young people today are five times as sophisticated, but there’s kind of a social, intellectual – even philosophical – component to who The Beatles are and what they stood for.”

Ron Howard goes on to add that The Beatles’ songs would be “one” thing, which is fun, driving, and addictive. However, underneath the songs, the now director believes there is almost always a little more than meets the eye.