A Deep Dive Into The Life Of ‘Andy Griffith’ Star Ron Howard, Plus His Net Worth, & More

Born into the billion-dollar movie industry, starting as a child actor and growing up to be a multi-award-winning director, Ron Howard hails from the city of Duncan, Oklahoma. His parents, Rance and Jean Speegle Howard, were famous in Hollywood and inspired him to follow suit. The 68-year-old came onto the movie scene in his childhood but eventually became determined to sit in the director’s chair and pursued his dreams until he succeeded.

Moreover, his family cannot be written out of his success story because they stood by him and supported him his whole career. Ron and his wife, Cheryl Howard, have four children, two of whom are also famous and successful Hollywood actors. He owns a movie production enterprise that has produced several well-known television shows and movies. Let’s take a look at the life of the two-time Academy Award winner, who has also accumulated a net worth of $200 million over the years.


Ron Howard: His Career, Life, Net Worth & More

FAR AND AWAY, Director Ron Howard, 1992. © Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

At 18 months of age, he made his first appearance on the television screen. Afterward, he played a part in The Music Man at 4 years. Soon after, his face became indelible in Hollywood. He had co-starring status as Opie Taylor on 1960 to 1968’s The Andy Griffith Show; and starred as Richie Cunningham for the first seven seasons of Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984. Between the two series, he appeared on the big screen in a number of films, including The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), Village of the Giants (1965), The Wild Country (1970) and American Graffiti (1973). In 1976, he co-starred with John Wayne in 1976’s The Shootist.


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Though getting positive reviews for most of his parts, his goal was to eventually work as a director. He met film producer and director Roger Corman, through whom he got first first opportunity to do so in the form of 1977’s Grand Theft Auto. The movie grossed $15 million on a budget of $600,000, marking his break into the Hollywood mainstream. He has since directed a series of acclaimed movies.

THIRTEEN LIVES, director Ron Howard, on set , 2022. ph: Vince Valitutti / © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

He established Imagine Entertainment, his own production company, in 1985. The enterprise has produced numerous hit films, including Kindergarten Cop. In 1995, he bagged an award at the Directors Guild of America for his work on Apollo 13. He won two Academy Awards in 2001 for Best Director and Best Picture with A Beautiful Mind.

He loves his family

Ron met his wife, Cheryl, in the ’70s, and the couple got married in 1975. They went on to have four children: Bryce Dallas Howard, Paige Howard, Reed Howard and Jocelyn Howard. Throughout his prolific career, his family has been by his side. His family also has its fair share of talent, as Cheryl is a writer and actress, and his daughters, Bryce and Paige, have had roles in popular franchises such as Twilight and Jurassic World.

LADDIE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVIES, Ron Howard, director, 2017. © Laddie Movie / Courtesy Everett Collection

In 2021, he wrote a book with his brother and actor, Clint Howard, titled The Boys; A Memoir of Hollywood and Family. It not only chronicled Ron and Clint’s early careers and their wild adventures, but was also a primer on so many topics relevant to acting, Hollywood and life in general. It was an instant New York Times bestseller.

So far, Ron Howard has been through a great journey in Hollywood from a child actor to an acclaimed director, multimillionaire, and production entity while being a family man at heart.

Below, check out a quick visual guide to the films directed by Ron Howard.

Grand Theft Auto (1977)

GRAND THEFT AUTO, Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, 1977. (c) New World Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Night Shift (1982)

NIGHT SHIFT, Director Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Shelley Long, 1982. (c) Warner Bros./ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Splash (1984)

DARYL HANNAH, EUGENE LEVY, JOHN CANDY and TOM HANKS pose with director RON HOWARD for SPLASH portrait, 1984 (Everett Collection)

Cocoon (1985)

COCOON, Maureen Stapleton, Tahnee Welch, Don Ameche, director Ron Howard, Hume Cronyn, Tyrone Power jr, Gwen Verdon, Steve Guteenberg, on set, 1985, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. (Everett Collection)

Gung Ho (1986)

GUNG HO, from left; director Ron Howard, Michael Keaton on set, 1986, © Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

Willow (1988)

WILLOW, Val Kilmer, Director Ron Howard on set, 1988. (c)MGM/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Parenthood (1989)

PARENTHOOD, Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, 1989, (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

Backdraft (1991)

BACKDRAFT, US poster, 1991, © Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

Far and Away (1992)

FAR AND AWAY, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, 1992, fight

The Paper (1994)

RON HOWARD, directing the film ‘The Paper’, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton, 1994

Apollo 13 (1995)

APOLLO 13, Bill Paxton, director Ron Howard, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks on set, 1995, (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

Ransom (1996)

RANSOM, director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, Mel Gibson, 1996, ©Buena Vista / courtesy Everett Collection

EDtv (1999)

EDTV, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, director Ron Howard on set, 1999, (c)MCA/courtesy Everett Collection

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Producer Brian Grazer, Jim Carrey as the Grinch, director Ron Howard, 2000. ©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

BEAUTIFUL MIND, from left: producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard on set, 2001, © Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

The Missing (2003)

THE MISSING, Director Ron Howard, Cate Blanchett on the set, 2003, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

Cinderella Man (2005)

CINDERELLA MAN, Renee Zellweger, Russell Crowe, director Ron Howard on set, 2005, (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

THE DA VINCI CODE, Director Ron Howard, on set, 2006, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

Frost/Nixon (2008)

FROST/NIXON, Frank Langella as Richard Nixon, director Ron Howard, on set, 2008. ©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

Angels & Demons (2009)

ANGELS & DEMONS, (aka ANGELS AND DEMONS), US advance poster art, Tom Hanks, 2009. © Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

The Dilemma (2011)

THE DILEMMA, from left: Vince Vaughn, director Ron Howard, on set, 2011. ph: Charles S. Hodes/©Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Rush (2013)

RUSH, director Ron Howard (left), Chris Hemsworth (right), on set, 2013, ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, (aka HEART OF THE SEA), director Ron Howard, on set, 2015. ph: Chris Raphael/©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

Inferno (2016)

INFERNO, from left, producer and director Ron Howard, Felicity Jones, on location, 2016. ph: Jonathan Prime. © Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, director Ron Howard, on set, 2018. ph: John Wilson /© Lucasfilm/ © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

HILLBILLY ELEGY, director Ron Howard (center), Glenn Close (bottom right), on set, 2020. ph: Lacey Terrell / © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Thirteen Lives (2022)

THIRTEEN LIVES, director Ron Howard (right), on set, 2022. ph: Vince Valitutti /© MGM /Courtesy Everett Collection
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