The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

HarperCollins, 12 . 2021 . - 416 .
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This extraordinary book is not only a chronicle of Rons and Clints early careers and their wild adventures, but also a primer on so many topicshow an actor prepares, how to survive as a kid working in Hollywood, and how to be the best parents in the world! The Boys will surprise every reader with its humanity.Tom Hanks

"I have read dozens of Hollywood memoirs. ButThe Boysstands alone. A delightful, warm and fascinatingstory of agoodlife in show business.Malcolm Gladwell

Happy Days,The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Benthese shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the 60s and 70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor Clint Howard as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.

What was it like to grow up on TV? Ron Howard has been asked this question throughout his adult life. inThe Boys, he and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhoods in detail for the first time. For Ron, playing Opie onThe Andy Griffith Showand Richie Cunningham onHappy Daysoffered fame, joy, and opportunitybut also invited stress and bullying. For Clint, a fast start on such programs asGentle BenandStar Trekpetered out in adolescence, with some tough consequences and lessons.

With the perspective of time and successRon as afilmmaker, producer, and Hollywood A-lister, Clint as a busy character actorthe Howard brothers delve deep into an upbringing that seemed normal to them yet was anything but. Their Midwestern parents,Rance and Jean, moved to California to pursue their own showbiz dreams. But it was their young sons who found steady employment as actors.Rance put aside his ego and ambition to become Ron and Clints teacher, sage, and moral compass. Jean became their loving protectorsometimesover-protectorfrom the snares and traps of Hollywood.

By turns confessional, nostalgic, heartwarming, and harrowing,THE BOYSis a dual narrative that lifts the lid on the Howard brothers closely held lives. Its thejourney of a tight four-person family unit that held fast in an unforgiving business and of two brothers who survived child-actor syndrome to become fulfilled adults.


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  - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing

Rance and Jean, parents of Ron and Clint, move to California to pursue their dreams of becoming movie stars. Instead, their children become stars. Ron stars as Opie in the Andy Griffith Show, Richie ...

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  - BoundTogetherForGood - LibraryThing

I love memoirs, and especially those related to favorite TV programs or movies. I have liked the work of both Ron and b Clint Howard. The audiobook is especially fun because they read it. .

The Accidental Actor
A Love Story
Becoming Californians
The New Kid in Town
Introducing Opie
The Truth About Mayberry
Hot Lights Real Tears
The Education of R W Howard Director
Growth Via Graffiti
Cruising Boozing Scoring
Clocking in to the Nostalgia Industry
Roger That
Rance to the Rescue
Filming Flying Crashing Burning

But First the Tranya
Mom in Her Element
One Role Three Bears
The Injustice to Sandy Koufax
Fake Blood and OpieShaming
Wild Times in Jackson Hole
Dating Games Real and Staged
Richie Grows
Photo Section
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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of his generations most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramasA Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon, Rush,andApollo 13to the hit comediesParenthoodandSplash, he has created some of Hollywoods most memorable films. Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto. He began his career in film as an actor, performing inThe Journeywhen he was four years old. He also starred inThe Music Man, the long-running television seriesThe Andy Griffith ShowandHappy Days, and in the filmAmerican Graffiti.His most recent films as a director areHillbilly Elegyand the upcomingThirteen Lives.

Clint Howard is a character actor and the younger brother of filmmaker Ron Howard. He began his acting career at the age of three when he played the role of Leon onThe Andy Griffith Show. He starred opposite the titular bear in the popular late-60s CBS television seriesGentle Ben, and has gone on to act in countless TV shows and films over the years. Among his credits areStar Trekin virtually all of its incarnations,Apollo 13,Seinfeld, Rock n Roll High School,Arrested Development, The Waterboy, and many horror films.