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‘Happy Days’ Icon Ron Howard Wishes Son Reed a Happy Birthday

by Leanne Stahulak
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Classic TV star and director Ron Howard wished his youngest son, Reed, a happy birthday on Tuesday, April 12.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to send his 35-year-old son his birthday wishes. Ron posted a selfie of himself and Reed in what looks like Grand Central Station.

“Happy Birthday, Reed! You are a great son and proving yourself to be an even better Dad. Your mom and I love you. See you and Ashley when you are off the road,” Ron Howard captioned his Twitter post.

Reed and his wife, Ashley Howard, have a two-year-old daughter named Aspen Leigh. She was born in 2019, while Ashley and Reed got married in 2015. Reed is a professional golfer and YouTuber, and he has three sisters.

Aside from “Happy Days,” Ron Howard also made a huge appearance in “The Andy Griffith Show” as Opie Taylor. This means he grew particularly close to Andy Griffith himself, remaining close friends with the actor until his death in 2012.

During that time, Andy Griffith “spoke lovingly” of a town in North Carolina called Manteo. Griffith has close ties to the state, having been born in Mount Airy and eventually building a home in Manteo. He lived in that home up until he died. And this past weekend, Howard took the time to visit the coastal city.

Howard posted a photo of his adventures, posing in front of the Burrus House Inn. “Cheryl & I had a great weekend at #BurrusHouseInn #ManteoNC,” Ron Howard wrote in his caption. “The Inn deserves its high rating on Trip Advisor. Andy Griffith always spoke so lovingly of beautiful Manteo. Terrific for fishing & family adventure. Not far from #KittyHawk of #WrightBrothers 1st flight fame.”

It sounds like the visit lived up to the hype from Andy Griffith. The actor spent a significant portion of his life there, owning 70 acres of land on the outskirts of town. The city is located on Roanoke Island, providing all kinds of opportunities in the wild and water.

Although it’s unclear if Andy Griffith’s house in Manteo is still standing. Back in 2013, less than a year after he died, the actor’s widow, Cindi Griffith, obtained demolition permits for the property. This is per The Washington Post, which also reported that many townspeople were opposed to the idea of the house getting torn down.

William Ivey Long, a friend of Griffith’s, told AP that Griffith wanted his house turned into a museum, if possible. There’s certainly not a museum there now, but there is one in Mount Airy, NC.

Della Basnight, a family friend from Manteo, also spoke up about Cindi’s decision to demolish the house. “When he gave her the power to do anything, I don’t think he thought she would want to do that,” Basnight said.