Co-Founder and Chairman, Imagine Entertainment
Academy Award-winning filmmaker RON HOWARD is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films.
Howard met his longtime friend and business partner Brian Grazer in the early 1980’s and embarked on what is now one of the longest running partnerships in Hollywood. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as chairmen.
A Beautiful Mind earned Howard an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture, and went on to win Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America.
Other films include the Grammy Award-winning ‘Best Music Film’ The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rush, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Ransom, Backdraft, The Paper, Far and Away, and Cocoon, just to name a few.
Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning films and television shows, such as the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Fox’s Emmy Award winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, a series which he also narrates, NBC’s Parenthood, and NatGeo’s award winning anthology series Genius.
Howard is currently in post-production on the film adaptation of the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, is in production on the documentary Rebuilding Paradise. His most recent film, the documentary Pavarotti, about famed tenor and larger than life talent Luciano Pavarotti, opened to rave reviews.
Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto. He began his career in film as an actor, first appearing in The Journey and The Music Man. He later stared as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show and as Richie Cunningham on popular series Happy Days, both Nielsen rated #1 series.
Whether it be from in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the 60’s.
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