On Sunday morning, famed director Ron Howard, who got his start in show business on The Andy Griffith Show, shared an old pic of he and his brother around the time the classic TV series aired.
Ron and his brother, Clint Howard, both grew up acting from a very early age. Each child actor began their Hollywood career by elementary school. That’s mainly due to the fact that their parents, Rance and Jean Speegle Howard, were each actors as well.
For Ron Howard, his first starring role was Opie, Andy Griffith’s son on the classic show. In fact, he was only six years old when the show first aired. Howard went on to play the lead role of Richie Cunningham in the popular sitcom Happy Days during his teen years as well. But not long after Happy Days came to an end, Howard turned his interests to behind-the-camera work.
Ever since, he’s had a long and storied career as one of Hollywood’s greatest directors. As for Clint, he went on to act in more than 250 projects during his 50-plus year career. Therefore the two siblings have over 100 years of combined experience in and around Hollywood. The pair have so many stories of growing up and working in Tinseltown that they decided to co-author a memoir together.
The recently released book shares numerous anecdotes of their famous lives, but also reveals some old candid photos of the pair. Ron Howard shared one that didn’t make the cut on Twitter today. It shows the two boys taking a bubble bath as children. The director noted in a second tweet that the pic was taken while he worked on The Andy Griffith Show around 1961.
Ron Howard Approached Several Times for Acting Roles Through the Years
Clint and Ron Howard have been busy promoting their new book The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family. During a recent interview speaking about their memoir, Ron revealed that he’s been given the opportunity to act again multiple times through the years. But he’s stuck to directing and hasn’t been in front of the camera since the ’80s.
Howard spoke about his life, career, and his co-authored memoir in an exclusive interview with FOX News this month. He reminded the interviewer that he hasn’t acted since 1986’s TV movie Return to Mayberry. Yet to his surprise, directors approached him multiple times to act in well-known roles over the years. Additionally, Howard specifically said he’d received three different offers to act again. Further, the actors who did take the roles “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 told the outlet. “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.”