Ron Howard began his entertainment career as an actor. He was just a child when he first delighted audiences as Opie in “The Andy Griffith Show.” Then he moved on to the “Happy Days” where he made viewers laugh as the teenager Richie Cunningham.
While he is known for his acting roles, Howard is probably most respected for his work as a director. The now 67-year-old has given movie fans such classic films as “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Backdraft,” “Apollo 13,” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
However, out of all the films he has directed there is one that stands out as the one he believes is the “most personal.” The “Happy Days” icon revealed this film during a recent appearance on “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
Interestingly, it was Barrymore who initially brought up this Ron Howard film. “I can’t even say this movie without saying I think this is the film that changed our lives the most – ‘Parenthood’,'” the popular actress shared.
Howard was clearly delighted to hear Barrymore praise the 1989 film. The “Happy Days” star directed the movie. He helped create the story along with Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz, and Brian Grazier.
“It’s probably the most personal film that I’ve ever made because so many of those stories came from one or the other of us – (Lowell) Ganz, (Babaloo) Mandel, Brian Grazer telling stories about, you know, sort of his childhood, but also his years as a dad,” Ron Howard shared.
‘Happy Days’ Icon Ron Howard Said His Daughter Helped Inspire One of His Most Beloved Films
One interesting event in the movie was inspired by Ron Howard’s own experiences as a father.
“And, uh, my daughter, Bryce (Dallas Howard), was the projectile vomiter,” the “Happy Days” star also said. Bryce has gone on to a successful acting career, as well. She has appeared in such films as “The Village,” “The Help,” “Jurassic World,” and “Rocketman.”
In fact, it was one experience he had as a father that inspired “Parenthood.”
“And the whole idea for the movie, actually, came because we went on this unbelievably long flight to Argentina with the kids. My job was to sit with, uh, Bryce,” Howard recalled. “They brought around some vegetarian sushi in a roll, you know, with rice. And I said, ‘Hey, you want to try this, Bryce?’ And she said, ‘Okay.’ I thought I was being a really good dad. She was four years old. She’s going to try a little vegetarian sushi. She ate it. Chewed it. Ate another bite. Chewed it.”
Remember how the “Happy Days” legend said his daughter was a projectile vomiter? Here’s where that comes into play. “About another four minutes – kaboom! I got hit with projectile vomit all over my shirt in hour one of a 17-hour flight,” Howard also shared. “And I just thought, no one told me about being a dad. No one said what it was going to be like.”
You can watch “Happy Days” star Ron Howard talk about his film, “Parenthood” with Drew Barrymore and his brother, Clint Howard, on “The Drew Barrymore Show” below. Also, the discussion about the movie begins just after the two-minute mark of the video.