Ron Howard will receive the American Society
of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors Award, which is presented
annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to
advancing the art of filmmaking. Howard will be feted during the 21st Annual
ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here on February 18, 2007, at
the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Ron Howard is a dedicated filmmaker who is creating an extraordinary legacy
of artful and memorable films, says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, chairman of the
organizations Awards Committee. He has earned the admiration of our members
for his collaborative spirit and commitment to the art of visual
Howard has compiled more than 100 television and cinema credits as an actor,
writer, director and producer. He earned an Oscar for directing A Beautiful
Mind and also co-produced that film which claimed Best Motion Picture honors
in the 2002 Academy Awards competition. Howard has also earned Emmy Awards for
producing the miniseries From the Earth of the Moon and the comedy series
Arrested Development. In 2003, Howard was awarded a National Medal of Arts
from the National Endowment of the Arts in addition to many other industry
He joins a list of venerable previous ASC Board of Governors recipients,
including Gregory Peck, Charles Champlin, Sheldon Leonard, Fay Kanin, Steven
Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster, Robert Wise, Francis Ford Coppola,
Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Sally Field, Stanley Donen, Norman Jewison,
Irwin Winkler, Gilbert Cates and Sydney Pollack.
We have reserved this award for individuals from other sectors of the
industry who share our passion for filmmaking as a form of artistic
expression, says ASC President Daryn Okada. It is meant to both recognize
and inspire artistic achievements in filmmaking. Ron Howard brings out the
best in everyone. He has inspired countless filmmakers to pursue their dreams
and never compromises artistic integrity.
Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1954. Both of his parents were actors.
He debuted with them on the stage in The Seven Year Itch in a Baltimore
theater when he was 2 years old, and earned his first film credit in Frontier
Woman at the age of 4. Howard played the memorable role of Winthrop Paroo in
The Music Man when he was 8 years old, and the adorable Opie in The Andy
Griffith Show from 1960 to 68.
Howard began shooting and editing his own Super 8 films when he was around 15
years old. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the film studies
program at the University of Southern California for two years before his
acting career shifted into high gear. Howard played a central character in
American Graffiti in 1973, and portrayed the irrepressible teenager Richie
Cunningham in the hit TV series Happy Days, which premiered the following
year. He earned several Golden Globe nominations, one of which was in the
supporting actor category for The Shootist, the last John Wayne movie, in
Howard set his sights on directing during his early 20s. He took turns at the
helm on several episodes of Happy Days, and agreed to act in a Roger Corman
film called Eat My Dust in 1976 in exchange for the opportunity to direct a
narrative feature for the producer. Howard was 23 years old when he co-
authored the script for Grand Theft Auto with his father Rance Howard. His
focus shifted from acting to directing at that juncture.
Howard captured the attention of movie critics and fans with Night Shift in
1982. He followed that film with Splash and Cocoon, which were runaway hits at
the box office.
In 1986, Howard and his long-time friend Brian Grazer organized Imagine
Entertainment, Inc., which focuses on developing and producing independent
feature films and television programming. They have produced an eclectic mix
of notable films that Howard also directed, including Willow, Parenthood,
Backdraft, Apollo 13, Far and Away, The Paper, Ransom, Edtv, How the Grinch
Stole Christmas, The Missing, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code. He has
also produced and occasionally scripted other feature films and television
projects for Imagine.
Ron Howard to Receive ASC Award
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