Ron Howard's Reputation (02:51)
Ron Howard is one of America's premier directors. Part of his success is the authentic characters in his films. See clips from "Splash," "A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13," and other notable films.
"The Andy Griffith Show" (04:34)
Howard was born in Oklahoma in 1954 to a family of actors. He had his first role at age 5. He agreed to star in "Eat my Dust" in exchange for the chance to direct a film.
"Night Shift" (04:26)
The humanity of Henry Winkler's character shines through the comedic theme of the 1982 film directed by Howard. His next film was "Splash" with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
This 1985 film starred several established actors. His next film was "Willow" in 1988; written by George Lucas.
In 1989, Howard directed a situational comedy starring Steve Martin. It is a relatable and authentic film. His next film was "Backdraft" in 1991; it was a great technical achievement about firefighters.
"Far and Away" (04:07)
In 1992, Howard directed a historical epic starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. His next film was "The Paper"; he researched the industry to create an authentic film.
"Houston, We have a Problem" (04:44)
"Apollo 13" was an authentic space film based on a true story. Howard was developing a reputation as a director that strives for accuracy. His next film was "Ransom."
Howard's First Academy Award (04:24)
"A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe was a critical success and a dignified depiction of mental illness. Howard directed "The Missing" in 2003.
"Cinderella Man" (03:39)
In 2005, Howard directed a period drama starring Crowe and Renee Zellweger. His next two films were "The Da Vinci Code" and "Frost/Nixon."
This film directed by Howard in 2013 is a true story about Formula 1 racers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Howard's body of work reflects the influences of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
Credits: Ron Howard (The Directors, Season 6) (00:43)
Credits: Ron Howard (The Directors, Season 6)
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