Ron Howard Says He Knew He Had Arrived as a Director After This Classic ’80s Movie

It’s hard to say which is more unbelievable—that Ron Howard is 68 years old or that he doesn’t have more Lifetime Achievement Awards. After all, if Howard had just stuck to acting, he’d still be considered an icon thanks to his turns as Opie in The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. But what he really wanted to do was direct—and his output over the past 40-plus years—including his most recent, 13 Lives, a true-life drama about a soccer team trapped in a flooded Thailand cave—has been flat-out amazing (see “Career Highs”). Howard was honored at the 25th Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Savannah Film Festival this year with the Lifetime Achievement in Directing Award. Parade took the opportunity to ask him about his long career and what he’s doing next.

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