The name Ron Howard is well-known across the nation. The actor and the director got their start in Hollywood when they were quite young! However, many people might not be aware of the background of his Hollywood career.
His parents, who were also in the entertainment industry, made sure that their sons would enjoy the benefits of acting without having to deal with any of the drawbacks of being a young actor in Hollywood!
Growing up, Ron and Clint Howard experienced celebrity and success. They had a childhood because of their parents, despite being a mainstay on television.
They described the effort their parents made in their lives and careers to make sure their kids always had a regular life in addition to their Hollywood stardom in their book, “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.”
Rance Howard and Jean Speegle, their parents, were also performers. However, an injury she suffered after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York left their mother Jean Speegle basically unable to walk!
Fortunately, she healed and kept pursuing her love of acting studies at the University of Oklahoma. She first met her future spouse, Rance Howard, at the university.
The Howard boys extensively documented both of their parents in their book. They chatted about their doll-faced, red-haired mother and their attractive, trim father. They fell in love right away and decided to pursue their shared passion for performing together.
A travelling troupe of children’s theatre both engaged Rance and Speegle. Rance frequently assumed the role of a huntsman or a prince, whilst Speegle often dressed up as different princesses.
The pair made the decision to be married when they were on tour in Kentucky. They chose to leave the travelling theatrical group after a year and a half so they could concentrate on having a family.
Ron and Clint Howard, their sons, were soon accepted. After performing for a little time longer, Speegle decided to stop so she could concentrate on parenting her sons.
Rance kept up his acting career and oversaw his boys’ professional endeavours. The father of 6-year-old Ron Howard was present to oversee his appearance on “The Andy Griffin Show.” His father was standing next to him when he later appeared in “The Music Man.”
Additionally, Clint appeared in leading parts on shows including “Gentle Ben,” “Star Trek,” and “Bananza.” In order for their boys to benefit from their earnings in the future, their parents were careful with their sons’ earnings and placed it in trust accounts.
Clint and Ron Howard discuss their way of life as Hollywood actors in their book. It turns out that they did not lead a life of luxury since their parents controlled their spending and kept them in check.
They did not use the boys’ earnings; instead, they largely subsisted on their father’s wages. Ron Howard claimed the family had the opportunity to launch a clothing line at one point, but their father outright declined. Because he didn’t want the “fame” of Hollywood to destroy his kids’ childhood, their father decided against starting the clothing brand.
Clint mentioned how their parents took care of all of their requirements. He emphasised that their parents had simply stopped buying them expensive gifts. Their family was quite practical; they only bought clothes for the boys once a year, and they didn’t drive costly automobiles or take extravagant holidays.
Growing up in Hollywood was difficult, as Clint and Ron Howard both acknowledged, but their father made sure the boys were safe and essentially took care of their mental health.
Ron thought back to a specific incident that happened when he was 10 years old and on a set with older kids. The older kid actors on the stage started using vulgar language, but Rance intervened and reminded them of his son’s age and the proper language to use!
Ron Howard is currently regarded as one of Hollywood’s most prestigious actors and directors. His brother Clint has made numerous appearances in films like “Parenthood,” “The Grinch,” and more.
After 30 years of early retirement, Speegle decided she wanted to return to acting after quitting the industry to raise her sons. The “new old woman on the comedy block,” as Ron put it, made a comeback.
When Ron decided to helm “Apollo 13,” his father advised him to place his mother in one of the leading parts. Howard felt terrified by this and decided to interview his mother. He made the decision to conduct the audition at his parents’ house in order to make the procedure less formal than in his studio.
He was trying his mum out for the part of Tom Hanks’ mother. Ron Howard visited them at home, and as soon as his mother started to act, he started to cry.
He didn’t simply cry at the audition because he was proud of his mother; he also did it because he was pleased that he could provide his talented mother a role to showcase her acting skills.
The 1995 film was a huge sensation and won 29 prizes, including two Oscars.
In 2000, the Howard brothers lost their mother; she died at the age of 73 from heart and pulmonary issues. At the age of 89, their father passed away in Rance in 2017.
In a tweet announcing his father’s passing, Howard praised and remembered his father for the guy he was.
The Howard brothers were grateful to have one another after losing both of their parents. Clint disclosed that he struggled with death, that he was unable to comprehend his parents’ passing and that he also struggled with grief.
The sons’ decision to write “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family,” which serves as a tribute to their parents’ memory, has helped them cope with their loss.