Ronald William "Ron" Howard is an American filmmaker, actor, director, and producer, who is best known for his roles as a child actor, including Opie in The Andy Griffiths Show and Steve Bolander in American Graffiti and its sequel, More American Graffiti, and as the director of the Academy Award winning film, A Beautiful Mind.
Howard's first project with Disney was in 1969, in the Disneyland record Story and Song from The Haunted Mansion, playing a teenager that finds himself trapped inside the Haunted Mansion. His first film role at Disney came in 1970, when he played Virgil Tanner in the film, The Wild Country.
Eventually becoming a director, Howard returned to Disney in 1984 and directed Splash (which launched the Touchstone Pictures label). He later directed the 1988 film, Willow for Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox. He returned to Disney to direct the 1996 film, Ransom, and produced the 2004 film, The Alamo for Touchstone. He also directed the 2018 film, Solo, replacing former directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.