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The Rock-itt : December 2009
Ron Howard is an American Director/Producer/Actor who came to prominence in the 1960's playing Opie Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, and Ritchie Cunningham on the 70's TV favourite 'Happy Days'. Howard retired from acting shortly after Happy Days ended, but has since made his mar behind the camera picking up 2 Oscars as well as 2 Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Howard began directing shorts on the late 60's, and TV movies while still acting on Happy Days, and with that experience under his belt, movie companies were confident in Howard, and in 1982 released his first theatrical film 'Night Break' which featured up and coming actors at the time Michael Keaton and Shelley Long. Howard directed a few films during the 80's but none had more success than the 1989 comedy 'Parenthood' starring Steve Martin. Howard kicked off the 90's in a fiery fashion with 1991's 'Backdraft' about two Chicago fire fighters working together to stop an arsonist. He followed that with 'Far and Away' starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and then re-teamed with Michael Keaton for 'The Paper'. But it wouldn't be till 1995 before Ron Howard would direct his first worldwide mainstream hit, 'Apollo 13', a true story of a moon-bound mission that went into disarray and about the men that saved them. Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon, the space epic grossed 356 million dollars worldwide and proved Ron Howard had the director ability to handle such a big project. The big projects didn't stop there for Howard with 1996's crime/action, 'Ransom' starring Mel Gibson. Howard then went back to the comedy genre with EDtv, the story of a man who agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew. While it didn't do as well as his past two at the box office, critics and public reception mostly gave it solid reviews. Next up Howard teamed with comedy actor, Jim Carey to bring the holiday favourite to the big screen with 2000's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. While critics weren't as receptive to it as the studio would have liked, the general public loved it as it racked up close to 300 million dollars as well as holding quite an interesting fact that may turn up a trivia card one day 'No movie has featured as many characters in make-up since the Wizard of Oz', which was made 61 years before this. Notable Films - Apollo 13 - Cinderella Man - A Beautiful Mind - Da Vinci Code - Frost/Nixon