Quick facts
Birth date 1 Mar, 1954
Age 65 yrs
Occupations Actor
Film producer
Film director
Voice actor
Television director
Television actor
Film actor
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place Duncan
Education University of Southern California
John Burroughs High School
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Desilu Productions
Gender Male
Description American film director, producer, and actor

Ronald William Howard popularly known as Ron Howard to his friends and colleagues is a filmmaker and an actor from the United States of America. Howard has been recognized for his work in various television stints in his younger days and a lot of successful films further in his career.

Personal Life

Born in the year of 1954 at Duncan in Oklahoma, Ron happens to be the eldest son to his mother Jean Speegle Howard and father Rance Howard who was an actor, writer and a director himself. Ron is of Dutch, Irish, Scottish, English and German ancestry. Ron’s father was born with the surname of “Beckenholdt” and by the year 1948 adopted the name “Howard” to enter the world of acting.

At the time Ron was born, Ron’s father Rance had been a member of the United States Air Force for a period of 3 years. The entire family moved out to Hollywood in the year 1958 and his brother Clint Howard was born in the next year in 1959.The Howard family took a house on rent at the South Block in the Desilu studios where the popular the Andy Griffith Show had been filmed later. The family lived in that spot for a period of about 3 years before they moved to Burbank.

Howard had received tuitions at the Desilu Studious in his young days and attained graduation from the John Burroughs High School. He then attended the California Universities’ Southern School of Cinematic arts although he did not complete his graduation. Howard has said in a talk show that from an extremely young age, he had known that he would like to get into directing due to his experience as an actor.


In the year of 1959, Ron started filming for his first movie named The Journey. He then made an appearance in the June Allyson’s anthology series on CBS called The DuPont Show with host June Allyson in an episode called “Child Lost” and then in the Twilight Zone’s episode called “Walking Distance” and also in one of the first seasons episodes of Dennis the Menace as Dennis’ friend Stewart.

Ron then appeared in many episodes of Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He also portrayed the role of Timmy in the Counterfeit Gun series for which he did not receive any credits and also on The Cheyenne Show, a popular series of that time.

Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020

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