Ron Howard’s TV Dad, Andy Griffith, Knew He Was No Ordinary Kid

Over the years, Ron Howard has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful and respected producers and directors. His films have earned 41 Academy Award nominations, with nine wins; his TV shows and specials have picked up 18 Emmy nominations and four trophies. He even won a Grammy Award for Best Music Film with 2017’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. But it all started for Howard as an actor, well before his best-known role as Richie Cunningham on ’70s pop culture sensation Happy Days. At the age of 5, he was cast as Opie, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, and he appeared in 209 of the show’s 249 episodes over the course of eight successful seasons. Even at that age, those around him knew he was something special. When we once spoke with the show’s star, the late Andy Griffith, he told us about what it was like to work with young “Ronnie Howard” toward the start of his career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Andy Griffith)


The Andy Griffith Show is syndicated on MeTV and TV Land, and it’s also available on DVD.

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