Ron and Clint Howard reveal how they escaped the dark side of child stardom in new memoir

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Hollywood dynamic couple Ron and Clint Howard are sharing their emotional journey a good life in show business.

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Filmmaker-actor Ron and actor Clinto, who was also raised by actors, experienced the glitz and glamor of early stardom while avoiding film. The downward spiral experienced by many former child stars. But how did the two manage to survive and flourish in Hollywood?

His Coming Time Memoirs, “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family” (William Morrow, 416 pp., out now), answering this question as the two examine their childhoods in detail for the first time. From Ron’s experience playing on the OP “The Andy Griffith Show” As in Clint’s stints on “Gentle Ben” and “Star Trek”, the brothers also address the ways they deal with stress, pressure, and bullying, while taking a look at the fame, joy, and specialties of their lives.


Clint said in the introduction, “The values ​​Mom and Dad instill in us save Ron and me from Hollywood casualties.” “We were grinders and scrapers. Showbiz may sound glamorous, but each fight is won with sweat in the trenches and a heavy dose of preparation.”

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Hollywood brothers Ron and Clint Howard detail childhoods growing up on TV in memoir

Blessings of Supportive and Protective Parents

Growing up around lights, cameras and boom microphones, many child stars break into the entertainment business under the control of pushy parents or other greedy adults. But this was not the case for Howard.

Despite his early fame with shows like “happy Days,” Ron and Clint lived relatively normal childhoods due to their protective Oklahoman parents, actors Rance Howard and Gene Spiegel Howard. In fact, Ron even admitted that he felt “humiliated” by the “socially tight grip” they placed on him as a child (which was “rooted in love and fear”).

Howard never lived in flashy homes, nor did he go on extravagant family vacations. His idea of ​​fun was simple: playing baseball and ping pong, and watching professional wrestling.

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“Mom and Dad never lived beyond their means,” writes Clint. “(Dad) said that if we kids ever got the idea that we were the breadwinners of the household, it spurred the family dynamic … Preserving a sense of normalcy was a top priority for Dad.”

Ron, who was earning six figures by age 12, admits he “could have gone through a personality change and started walking around school like the James Spader villain in a 1980s teen movie.” But he didn’t, thanks to his parents.

“I looked up to my parents. I saw how they chose to live and how happy they were. And I redoubled my efforts to be in show business, to work beyond my childhood. Not just because That the money was good, but because I realized how much I loved learning about acting and directing.”

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Ron and Clint bond as brothers

The brothers are close in age and follow the same career paths as children, but they say their relationship was nothing but supportive.

Readers get a glimpse of their good sibling bond: from early memories of kid Clint peeing on his older brother (and earning the nickname He-He-Man) to collaborating on Ron’s small film projects.

“Ron and I were never in competition, as siblings often are,” Clint explains. “I looked at him. Coming in second place gave me a great advantage so I could watch and learn.”

Ron Howard, left, and Clint Howard attend the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Despite their busy schedules, the two have always been close to each other and kept learning from each other. Clint was one of the first to notice his brother’s directing talent, while Ron, who directed such acclaimed films as “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind”, says he enjoyed Clint’s career as an actor. Learned with confidence.

“I loved watching Clint act,” Ron says. “I was always conscious of making my mark, not making mistakes, making the director happy. Clint didn’t give a damn! He had a broken-down quality that worked because he was so well-dressed and naturally was talented.”

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Navigating Bullying, Drug Addiction

That doesn’t mean they didn’t have any difficulties.

The role that brought Ron to fame eventually led him to become a victim of bullying at school, where he experienced constant “OP-shaming”. He says that he eventually came to accept that many people would recognize him and call him the OP (“And that’s okay – I’m glad to be remembered as such”). “But as a schoolboy, there was a malice in the way I was singled out.”

He continues, “When I got it, I found it humiliating and humiliating, ‘Hey OPED, because there was a perception that went with it. That I was timid and attractive. Or that I was a bragger and a pretentious one. Was.”

Clint escaped such flirting. However, he found himself battling a drug and alcohol addiction, which began as a “fun, consequence habit” during his teen years and became a more serious concern.

“There was a time when I didn’t even have the keys to Mom and Dad’s house in Toluca Lake, my childhood home, because they couldn’t trust me in my practically compromised state. I can’t blame them,” Clint revealed.

Although she didn’t think it was serious at times, she admitted that it caused temporary tension with her parents, who eventually convinced her to seek professional help with Ron’s help.

“Mom and Dad did their best to help me. During my dark decade, they were a constant positive in my life. They went to Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings with loved ones of people who experienced addiction. fellowship programs for

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