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Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor and director. He started acting as a young child, and was best known for his roles on TV as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days and in movies like The Music Man (1962) and American Graffiti (1973) . He later quit acting and became a director. Some of the films he directed are: Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Cinderella Man (2005). His father Rance Howard, brother Clint Howard and daughters Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard are also actors, as was his mother, Jean Speegle Howard. Recently, he returned to TV and made the TV show Arrested Development.