Ron Howard

Ron Howard Headshot

Director • Actor • Producer

Birth Name: Ronald William Howard

Birth Date: March 1, 1954

Age: 70 years old

Birth Place: Duncan, Oklahoma

Parents: Rance Howard

Children: Bryce Dallas Howard, Paige Howard

Siblings: Clint Howard

Widely known as an American actor, writer, director and producer, Ron Howard's wide range of directorial efforts, which include Splash" (1984), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Cinderella Man" (2005), and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), made him one of the rare filmmakers who consistently produced celebrated movies that are both critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing hits. Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, Howard began first came to prominence as a child actor in the 1960s. For eight seasons he played Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), making him a recognizable face to the millions of viewers who watched the wholesome family comedy each week. Whereas most child actors putter out by the time they reach adulthood, Howard's acting career continued to blossom well into his 20s. In addition to starring in films like George Lucas's Oscar-nominated high school drama "American Graffiti" (1973), Howard was able to play an even bigger role on television when he was cast as the affable Richie Cunningham on the hit ABC comedy "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984). After leaving "Happy Days" in 1980, Howard longed to be behind the camera directing movies. After directing the low budget film "Grand Theft Auto" in 1977, as well as a few other TV movies, Howard made his first big theatrical film in 1982 with "Night Shift." The film received mostly positive reviews, thus giving Howard the confidence he needed to continue making films for a living. Over the next two decades he would go on to make some of the most celebrated films of the 80s and 90s, including "Splash," "Cocoon" (1985), "Parenthood" (1989), "Backdraft" (1991), and "Apollo 13," the latter of which earned two Academy Awards. In 2002 Howard earned his first two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for the biographical drama "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). He would later earn Oscar nods for Best Picture and Director for 2008's "Frost/Nixon." In addition to acting and film directing, Howard was also a noted TV producer. Of the various shows he produced throughout his career, the most notable was arguably the Emmy Award-winning comedy "Arrested Development" (Fox/Netflix, 2003- ), of which he also served as narrator. By 2019 Howard, 65, had been working in show business consistently for over half a century and showed no signs of slowing down. In addition to directing a documentary on the life of the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, called simply "Pavarotti" (2019), he also had several other film projects in development, including a planned television adaptation of his classic 1988 fantasy film "Willow."

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Jim Henson: Idea Man

Director
Movie
2024

The Dynasty: New England PatriotsStream

Executive Producer
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2024
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The Truth About JimStream

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2024

Genius: MLK/XStream

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2024
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ChoirStream

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2024

FridaStream

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2024
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Christmas at the Movies

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2023

The Super ModelsStream

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2023
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Live with Kelly and MarkStream

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2023

Personality Crisis: One Night OnlyStream

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2023
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Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, With David Letterman

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2023

Bossy Bear

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2023

The Beanie BubbleStream

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2023
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Judy Blume ForeverStream

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2023

The Shrinking of Treehorn

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2023

The Slumber PartyStream

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2023
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Carlos

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2023

Andy Griffith

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2022

Willow

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2022
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The Tiny Chef ShowStream

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2022
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Light & MagicStream

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2022
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Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the InternetStream

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2022

Under the Banner of HeavenStream

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2022
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Thirteen LivesStream

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2022
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Thirteen LivesStream

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Downfall: The Case Against BoeingStream

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We Feed PeopleStream

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2022
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We Feed PeopleStream

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2022
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Wedding SeasonStream

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Leave No TraceStream

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2022
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Louis Armstrong's Black & BluesStream

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2022
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Crime Scene: The Times Square KillerStream

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2021

Pavarotti

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2021

Pavarotti

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2021

CBS Saturday Morning

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2021

Dan Brown's The Lost SymbolStream

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2021
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GossipStream

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2021
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Who Are You, Charlie Brown?Stream

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2021
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Genius: ArethaStream

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2021

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil HotelStream

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2021

Tick, Tick... Boom!Stream

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2021
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Curious George: Cape Ahoy

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2021

Julia

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2021

On Pointe

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2020

The Astronauts

Executive Producer
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2020

Breakthrough: Virus Fighters

Executive Producer
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2020

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

The Happy Days of Garry Marshall

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2020

68 WhiskeyStream

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2020
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Rebuilding Paradise

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2020

Rebuilding Paradise

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2020

Curious George: Go West, Go Wild

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2020

Hillbilly ElegyStream

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2020
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Hillbilly ElegyStream

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2020
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68 Whiskey: Extras

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2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

The MoviesStream

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2019

Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10

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2019

Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Pavarotti

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2019

Pavarotti

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2019

Dads

Producer
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2019

Dads

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2019

Rebuilding Paradise

Director
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2018

Mars: Inside SpaceXStream

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2018

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

Solo: A Star Wars StoryStream

Director
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2018
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Access Live

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2017

2018 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

GeniusStream

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2017

GeniusStream

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2017

SXSW: Entertainment Weekly Genius Panel

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2017

Genius: Extras

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2017

The Dark TowerStream

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2017
15%

MarsStream

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2016

This Is UsStream

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2016
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Today's Take

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2016

ChelseaStream

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2016
41%

Sunday Today With Willie Geist

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2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years

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2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years

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2016

InfernoStream

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2016
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InfernoStream

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2016
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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years

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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years

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2016

Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie

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2016

The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special

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2015

BreakthroughStream

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2015

BreakthroughStream

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2015

BreakthroughStream

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Odd CoupleStream

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2015

In the Heart of the Sea

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2015

In the Heart of the Sea

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2015

Prophet's Prey

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2015

Love Sex & Kung Fu

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2015

Extrait : Retour de flamme

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2014

Making of ...

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2014

Space

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2014

War on Terror

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2014

Good Morning Britain

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The Good LieStream

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2014
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No No: A Dockumentary

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2014

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

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2013

The Social

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2013

Made in America

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2013

Made in America

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A Dream of Flying

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2013

Gonka

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2013

RushStream

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2013
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RushStream

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2013
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Entertainment Studios.TV

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2012

Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible

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2012

Larry King NowStream

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2012

The Great Escape

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2012

CBS This Morning

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2012

On Story

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2011

Restless

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The Dilemma

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2011

The Dilemma

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2011

Cowboys & AliensStream

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2011
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ConanStream

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2010

The Talk

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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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2010

In Depth With Graham Bensinger

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2010

ParenthoodStream

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2010
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The Project

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

TV's 50 Funniest Phrases

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2009

The Real StoryStream

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Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

Georges le petit curieux 2 : Suivez ce singe

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Angels & DemonsStream

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2009
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Angels & DemonsStream

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2009
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Curious George: Lean An Moncaí Sin!

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Nicke Nyfiken 2: Apa på rymmen - sv.tal

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Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey

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2009

Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey

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Frost/NixonStream

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Frost/NixonStream

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2008
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ChangelingStream

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2008
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Nelly & Kelly Rowland: Dilemma

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Hollywood Shootout

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The Graham Norton ShowStream

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Rachael Ray ShowStream

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The One Show

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etalk

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Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick

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Nicke Nyfiken - sv.tal

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Curious George

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The Da Vinci CodeStream

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2006
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Georges le petit curieux : retour dans la jungle

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Curious George

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Curious George

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The Colbert Report

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2005

Made in Hollywood

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2005

Entertainment Tonight Canada

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2005

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion

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Inside Deep Throat

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2005

Cinderella ManStream

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2005
80%

Tavis Smiley

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2004

The Alamo

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2004

Tell Them Who You Are

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2004

Arrested DevelopmentStream

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2003
75%

Arrested DevelopmentStream

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Ron Howard / Narrator
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2003
75%

Arrested DevelopmentStream

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2003
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Arrested DevelopmentStream

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2003
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Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

The MissingStream

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2003

The MissingStream

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2003

Top GearStream

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Reality
2002

The Beast

Executive Producer
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2001

Osmosis Jones

Voice
Tom Colonic
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2001

A Beautiful MindStream

Director
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2001
74%

A Beautiful MindStream

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2001
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Entertainment Studios.com

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2000

Wonderland

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2000

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasStream

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2000
49%

The Independent

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2000

Sfide

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1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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1999

EDtv

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1999

EDtv

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1999

Beyond the Mat

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1999

FelicityStream

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1998

Sports NightStream

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1998
90%

Kickin' It: With Byron Allen

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1998

From the Earth to the MoonStream

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1998

Hiller and Diller

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1997

The View

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1997

Inventing the Abbotts

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1997

Frank Capra's American Dream

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1997

Access HollywoodStream

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News
1996

The Chamber

Producer
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Ransom

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1996
74%

Het Uur van de Wolf

Actor
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1995

Het Uur van de Wolf

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1995

Apollo 13Stream

Director
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1995
96%

Entertainers: With Byron Allen

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1994

Inside the Actors Studio

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1994

The Paper

Director
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1994

FrasierStream

Guest Voice
Stephen
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1993
95%

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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1993

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Far and AwayStream

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1992
50%

Far and AwayStream

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1992
50%

Far and AwayStream

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1992
50%

Charlie RoseStream

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1991

BackdraftStream

Director
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1991
75%

Parenthood

Executive Producer
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1990

The SimpsonsStream

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Himself
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1989
85%

ParenthoodStream

Director
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1989
92%

Channel 99

Actor
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1988

WillowStream

Director
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1988
53%

Vibes

Executive Producer
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1988

No Man's Land

Executive Producer
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1987

Gung Ho

Actor
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1986

Gung Ho

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1986

Return to Mayberry

Actor
Opie Taylor
Movie
1986

Cocoon

Director
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1985
76%

SplashStream

Director
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1984
91%

When Your Lover Leaves

Producer
Movie
1983

Night Shift

Director
Movie
1982

Entertainment Tonight

Guest
News
1981

Bitter Harvest

Actor
Ned De Vries
Movie
1981

Fire on the Mountain

Actor
Lee Mackie
Movie
1981

The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang

Voice
Richie Cunningham
Show
1980

Skyward

Director
Movie
1980

Leo and Loree

Executive Producer
Movie
1980

Act of Love

Actor
Leon Cybulkowski
Movie
1980

Tut and Tuttle

Director
Movie
1980

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Through the Magic Pyramid

Director
Movie
1979

More American GraffitiStream

Actor
Steve Bolander
Movie
1979
20%

20/20Stream

Guest
News
1978

Cotton Candy

Director
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1978

Grand Theft Auto

Actor
Sam Freeman
Movie
1977
27%

Grand Theft Auto

Director
Movie
1977
27%

Grand Theft Auto

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Movie
1977
27%

Laverne & ShirleyStream

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Series
1976

The ShootistStream

Actor
Gillom Rogers
Movie
1976
83%

Eat My Dust!

Actor
Hoover Niebold
Movie
1976

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

Host
Series
1975

Huckleberry Finn

Actor
Huckleberry Finn
Movie
1975

Happy DaysStream

Actor
Richie Cunningham
Series
1974

Los Discípulos de la Muerte

Actor
Movie
1974

The Migrants

Actor
Lyle Barlow
Movie
1974

The Spikes GangStream

Actor
Les
Movie
1974

Locusts

Actor
Donny Fletcher
Movie
1974

Happy Mother's Day, Love George

Actor
Johnny
Movie
1973

American GraffitiStream

Actor
Steve Bolander
Movie
1973
95%

M*A*S*HStream

Guest Star
Wendell
Series
1972

The WaltonsStream

Guest Star
Series
1972

The Smith Family

Actor
Bob Smith
Series
1971

Le pays sauvage

Actor
Movie
1971

The Wild Country

Actor
Virgil Tanner
Movie
1971

Smoke

Actor
Chris
Movie
1970

Love, American Style

Actor
Richie Cunningham
Series
1969

The Wonderful World of Disney

Actor
Chris
Series
1969

Lancer

Guest Star
Series
1968

The Dick Cavett ShowStream

Guest
Talk
1968

A Boy Called Nuthin'

Actor
Richie "Nuthin" Caldwell
Movie
1968

Gentle Ben

Guest Star
Series
1967

I SpyStream

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1965

The Big Valley

Guest Star
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1965

Village of the Giants

Actor
Genius
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1965

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.Stream

Guest Star
Opie Taylor
Series
1964

Daniel Boone

Guest Star
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1964

The Danny Kaye ShowStream

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Variety Show
1963

The FugitiveStream

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Gus
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1963

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Actor
Eddie Corbett
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1963

The Music ManStream

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Winthrop Paroo
Movie
1962
94%

Dr. Kildare

Guest Star
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1961

Five Minutes to Live

Actor
Bobby Wilson
Movie
1961

Route 66Stream

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Chet Duncan
Series
1960

The Andy Griffith ShowStream

Actor
Opie Taylor
Series
1960

The Twilight ZoneStream

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Wilcox Boy
Series
1959
92%

The Many Loves of Dobie GillisStream

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1959

The June Allyson Show

Actor
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1959

BonanzaStream

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1959

The Journey

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Billy Rhinelander
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1959

Frontier Woman

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Crying Child
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1956

GunsmokeStream

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Jamie Barker
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1955

Lassie

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Gary
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1954

Today

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News
1952

News aboutRon Howard

Jim Henson for 'The Muppet Show'

‘Jim Henson Idea Man’: New Disney Doc Goes Inside Muppets Creator’s World

Tanner Novlan as Dr. John Finnegan, Sean Kanan as Deacon Sharpe and Clint Howard as Tom on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Preview

‘The Bold and the Beautiful’: Clint Howard Talks Returning to Soaps After Nearly 40 Years

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during a ceremony honoring him at halftime of New England's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts

Apple TV+ Reveals Trailer for ‘The Dynasty: New England Patriots’

Henry Winkler and Ron Howard in 'Happy Days'

‘Happy Days’ Stars Henry Winkler & Ron Howard Weren’t Always Best Friends

Ron Howard

Ron Howard on How Chef José Andrés Is Helping Communities in ‘We Feed People’ (VIDEO)

Genuis Season 4 Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

‘Genius’: Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcom X to Be Focus of Season 4 in Series First

Under the Banner of Heaven Andrew Garfield

‘Under the Banner of Heaven’: Andrew Garfield Tackles True Crime in First Look (VIDEO)

Dan Brown's the Lost Symbol

‘Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol’ Comes to Life in First Trailer for Peacock Drama (VIDEO)

Election Night Alternatives

Health Alert! 8 Things to Watch on Election Night Other Than the Election

Willow series Jon M. Chu

Disney+ Orders Lucasfilm’s ‘Willow’ Series, Jon M. Chu to Direct Pilot

This Is Us

‘This Is Us’: 11 Memorable Guest Stars Over the Years

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’68 Whiskey’: Paramount Network Offers a Look at the Ron Howard & Brian Grazer-Produced Series (VIDEOS)

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The Bluths Are Back in New ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Trailer (VIDEO)

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Jeffrey Tambor Will Appear in Season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’

Behind the scenes with Samantha Colley with Johnny Flynn in National Geographic’s 'Genius' - Season 1

‘Genius’ Season 2: Nat Geo Announces New and Returning Cast

This is Us - Chrissy Metz
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‘This Is Us’: Kate the Secret Keeper (RECAP)

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Ron Howard Takes a Scientific Approach With NatGeo’s ‘Breakthrough’