Ron Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director, producer and former child actor. He appears as himself in the Season Three finale "Development Arrested" and in six episodes of Season Four. He also voices the Narrator.
Maeby and Mort meet with "a Hollywood icon" (according to the narrator) to pitch a television series about the Bluth family. Howard responds that he potentially sees it as a movie. ("Development Arrested")
After reading an article about Michael Bluth and his failed Michael B. Company in an issue of Altitude Ron Howard contacts Barry Zuckerkorn and tells him to have Michael meet at the offices of Imagine Entertainment. In the LEM inside his office, Ron tells Michael to get his family's releases, and mentions that he has an illegitimate daughter named Rebel but Michael mistakenly assumes he means she is his mistress. Michael tries to fast track the Untitled Michael B. Project by casting Andy Richter and Carl Weathers and having Stefan Gentles write the script but Ron and Brian Grazer send Michael down to Orange County Imagine to get the rest of the signatures. (4x4 — "The B. Team")
Michael gets his father's release and outside the Ealing Club Ron tells him the father-son dynamic is not about Michael as the son, but as the father. (4x4 — "The B. Team") A few days later Michael runs into Ron again at the Ealing Club and Ron doesn't recognize him. A bored Ron walks away while Michael talks about his issues with his son. (4x13 — "It Gets Better") ("Blockheads")
While working on Fantastic 4: An Action Musical Tobias is told to get the rights to Fantastic Four. When Michael tells Tobias he is afraid of jeopardizing his film for dating Ron Howard's mistress Tobias urges him to talk to Ron in person. Ron is appalled that Michael thinks Rebel is his mistress, not his daughter. Tobias asks for the rights to Fantastic 4 but Ron refuses so Tobias chokes him. (4x9 — "Smashed")
- → See 42 pictures of Ron Howard at Images of Ron Howard.
"The B. Team"
"A New Start" (photo only)
"Señoritis" (photo only)
"It Gets Better"
Ron Howard (real world)
Ron Howard came to prominence playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for six years, where he worked with Henry Winkler, who plays Barry Zuckerkorn and Scott Baio, who plays Bob Loblaw. He appeared in the films American Graffiti in 1973 and The Shootist in 1976, the latter during his run on Happy Days. Howard made his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy Grand Theft Auto and left Happy Days in 1980 to focus on directing. His films include the Academy Award-winning Cocoon, Apollo 13, and A Beautiful Mind. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him.
In 1986 he founded Imagine Entertainment with his partner Brian Grazer. Imagine produced Arrested Development, for Fox Network, and Howard narrates the series and made a cameo in the final episode "Development Arrested". His brother, Clint Howard, played Johnny Bark in one episode.