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One of the renowned director, producer and actor of American movie world, Ronald William Howard better known as ‘Ron Howard’ was born on March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S. Howard came to notice when he played the role of Opie Taylor in the popular American sitcom ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. It was in the year 1959 when he made his debut in acting with the movie ‘The Journey’. Following the dream of becoming a renowned actor, initially he appeared in few episodes of the television series like ‘The DuPont Show with June Allyson’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Dennis the Menace, ‘The Many Loves of Dobie GIlllis’ and ‘The Cheyenne Show’. In the year 1960, he got his career turning role of Opie Taylor in the American sitcom ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. In 1962, he portrayed the role of Winthrop Paroo in the movie ‘The Music Man’. Howard also appeared in the movie ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’. His other noticeable roles came in the movies ‘American Grattiti’, ‘The Shootist’ and ‘Return to Mayberry’.
After gaining success as an actor, he debuted as a director with low-budget movie ‘Grand Theft Auto’ in 1977. Later he directed the several television movies. But his big break as a director came with 1982 movie ‘Night Shift’. Till date, he has directed numerous high-quality movies like ‘Splash’, ‘Willow’, ‘Cacoon’,’Parenthood’, ‘Apollo 13’, ‘Backdraft’, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘Angels & Demons’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Rush’. Howard received an award of ‘Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award’ at Austin Film Festival in 2009. Besides being a successful actor and director, he also holds the responsibility of co-chairman of ‘Imagine Entertainment’. Howard has gained huge appreciation and recognition for his incredible work as an actor and director. At the start of 2014, he has earned an estimated net worth amount of $140 million dollars.