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Ron Howard’s focus on the family

By Laurie Bennett

March 1, 2010 at 11:10am

There’s a symmetry to the new TV series, “Parenthood.”

Executive producer Ron Howard got his start in family sitcoms, first as Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show” and later as Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days.”

In 1989, he directed the film “Parenthood,” starring Steve Martin. Howard has said the movie was conceived after one of his four children tried sushi for the first time and vomited on him at the start of a 17-hour plane ride.

Of the new TV series, he says: “‘Parenthood’ is a project I really cherish. It is probably the most personal film I have ever been involved with.”

Howard’s long career and his varied talents as an actor, director and producer have made him one of the most connected people in show biz.

Brother Clint has starred in many of his movies. Actors appearing in multiple Howard films include Tom Hanks and Russell Crowe.

“Parenthood” premieres on NBC tomorrow.

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