Ron Howard (b. 1954) is an Academy Award-winning motion picture director and former child/youth actor. Transitioning from such roles as the lisping brother in The Music Man and Opie on The Andy Griffith Show (co-starring Don Knotts), Howard starred as Richie Cunningham on the television series Happy Days.
Howard went on to direct such acclaimed films as A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, as well as Splash. He guest starred as himself on The Simpsons and provided tongue-in-cheek narration on the sitcom Arrested Development (starring Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter), which he executive produced.