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Born March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Okla., Ron Howard has been in front of or behind the camera since his acting debut at 18 months in Frontier Woman (1956).

Four years later, Howard was cast as precocious Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show," a role he played for eight years. In 1973, director George Lucas tapped him for the part of a newly minted high school graduate in American Graffiti, and the character later served as the inspiration for Howard's persona on the TV series "Happy Days." He continued to appear in films, but his ambition by this time was to direct.

Striking a deal with producer Roger Corman, Howard helmed and starred in Grand Theft Auto (1977). He went on to direct a string of hit comedies, including Night Shift (1982) and Splash (1984), along with acclaimed works such as Apollo 13 (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), for which he won a Best Director Oscar. Howard returned to the small screen in 2003 to executive-produce and narrate the sitcom "Arrested Development."

Ron Howard in Inferno

Inferno

2016 PG-13

Tom Hanks returns for a third outing as symbologist Robert Langdon. This time, Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital with no memory of the past few days and suddenly finds himself in a race to stop a madman from unleashing a plague on the world.

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  • Ron Howard in Angels & Demons Angels & Demons
  • Ron Howard in A Beautiful Mind A Beautiful Mind
  • Ron Howard in The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code
  • Ron Howard in Apollo 13 Apollo 13
  • Ron Howard in American Graffiti American Graffiti
  • Ron Howard in The Missing The Missing
  • Ron Howard in The Music Man The Music Man
  • Ron Howard in Night Shift Night Shift
  • Ron Howard in The Paper The Paper
  • Ron Howard in Splash: 20th Anniversary Edition Splash: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Ron Howard in Rush Rush
  • Ron Howard in Cinderella Man Cinderella Man
  • Ron Howard in Angels & Demons: Decoded Angels & Demons: Decoded
  • Ron Howard in The Shootist The Shootist
  • Ron Howard in How the Grinch Stole Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Ron Howard in Backdraft Backdraft
  • Ron Howard in Parenthood Parenthood
  • Ron Howard in The Courtship of Eddie's Father The Courtship of Eddie's Father
  • Ron Howard in Frost/Nixon Frost/Nixon
  • Ron Howard in The Dilemma The Dilemma
  • Ron Howard in Ransom Ransom
  • Ron Howard in Osmosis Jones Osmosis Jones
  • Ron Howard in Corman's World Corman's World
  • Ron Howard in More American Graffiti More American Graffiti
  • Ron Howard in The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show
  • Ron Howard in EDtv EDtv
  • Ron Howard in The Independent The Independent
  • Ron Howard in Arrested Development Arrested Development
  • Ron Howard in Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story
  • Ron Howard in Made in America Made in America
  • Ron Howard in Cannes: All Access Cannes: All Access
  • Ron Howard in Happy Days Happy Days
  • Ron Howard in I'm a Fool I'm a Fool
  • Ron Howard in Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1 Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1
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