Ron Howard, actor, director, and producer came to prominence as a child actor,
playing Opie Taylor in the CBS-TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 to
1969 and later as the teenaged Richie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days
on ABC from 1974 – 1984. Ron made film appearances in American Grafiti in
1973 and in The Shootist in 1976 with John Wayne. He made his directorial
debut with the 1977 comedy film Grand Theft Auto.