Ronald William “Ron” Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American actor and filmmaker. Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms in his childhood and early adulthood, and for directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.
Howard first came to prominence playing young Opie Taylor in the sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show, for eight years, and later as teenager Richie Cunningham in the sitcom, Happy Days, for seven years. He appeared in the musical film, The Music Man (1962), The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), the coming of age film American Graffiti (1973), the western The Shootist, (1974) Bonanza season 14 episode 4,(1976) and the comedy Grand Theft Auto (1977), which he also directed.
In 1980, Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing. His films include: the science-fiction/fantasy film Cocoon (1985), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995), the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001) (earning him the Academy Award for Best Director), and the thriller The Da Vinci Code (2006).
In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard about The Beatles‘ career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966.
The film was released theatrically on 15 September 2016 in the United Kingdom and 16 September in the United States, and started streaming on Hulu on 17 September 2016.
The film was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. In addition to directing the documentary, Ron Howard also served as a producer alongside Brian Grazer, Nigel Sinclair, and Scott Pascucci. Paul Crowder edited the film, and Mark Monroe wrote the film.
Prior to the film’s release, it was announced that it includes 30 minutes of film footage shot for the band’s 1965 concert at Shea Stadium. That concert was filmed by Ed Sullivan Productions and broadcast on TV as The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1966. Consisting of 11 songs, the set was originally shot on 35-mm film, but was digitally restored for the documentary to 4K resolution, in addition to remastered sound by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.
The film project was announced by Hulu on 4 May 2016 as its first documentary acquisition, as part of a planned Hulu Documentary Films collection. The film premiered theatrically on 15 September, before debuting on the streaming service on 17 September.
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