Ron Howard, Director and Star of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Happy Days,’ Announces New Memoir

by Jennifer Shea
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Actor and director Ron Howard is teaming up with his brother, actor Clint Howard, to write a new memoir. The title of the book will be “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.”

HarperCollins Publishers imprint William Morrow announced today that it will publish the memoir. The book is due out in October, per The Hollywood Reporter.

In the memoir, the Howard brothers will tell the story of their shared childhood in Hollywood. They also discuss their respective adulthoods as successful former child stars.

Ron Howard Grew Up in a Tight-Knit Family

William Morrow said in a statement that the memoir focuses on the trajectory of the Howards’ close-knit nuclear family. It’s also set against the backdrop of a harsh show business town.

“By turns confessional, nostalgic, heartwarming, and harrowing, ‘The Boys’ is a dual narrative that lifts the lid on the Howard brothers’ closely held lives. It’s the journey of a tight four-person family unit that held fast in an unforgiving business and of two brothers who survived ‘child-actor syndrome’ to become fulfilled adults,” the publisher said.

Furthermore, the memoir reportedly details the bullying Ron Howard suffered after playing Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show.” But it also chronicles the success he found playing Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days.” For his part, Clint Howard describes the difficult lessons he learned from his roles on “Gentle Ben” and “Star Trek.”

Rance Howard’s Death Spurred His Sons to Write Memoir

The memoir owes its existence to the death of the Howards’ father, Rance. The Howard patriarch passed away in 2017 at age 89. Moreover, Ron Howard said the soul-searching that followed that event prompted the brothers to put pen to paper.

“When our dad passed in 2017, Clint and I began reflecting upon our lives,” Ron Howard said of their memoir, per THR. “And [we] realized that while our childhoods seemed normal, they were anything but. 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?”

Further, he added that he believes their experience may be instructive to other show businesses families.

“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,” he said.

Meanwhile, Clint Howard chimed in that time had taught him not to take his parents’ presence for granted. So writing the book, he said, has been the crowning achievement of a happy life.

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