Ron Howard is an American filmmaker and actor. He was born on March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA. Howard first rose to fame as a child actor in the 1960s TV series "The Andy Griffith Show" and later as a young adult in the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days." In the 1980s, Howard transitioned to directing and has since directed a number of successful films, including "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Da Vinci Code," "Rush," and "Solo: A Star Wars Story," among others. He has received numerous awards for his work, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Aside from his work in film and television, Howard is also an active producer, with his production company, Imagine Entertainment, producing a number of successful films and TV shows. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and respected filmmakers in Hollywood.