Surprising revelations from Ron Howard and his brother Clint’s recently released memoir, “The Boys.”
The Boys, a collaborative book by Hollywood brothers Ron and Clint Howard, was just released. In it, the siblings take turns giving their fans a behind-the-scenes look at their lives as they grew up in Hollywood from the 1960s to the present.
Here are a handful of the Howard “boys”‘ eye-opening revelations, ranging from The Andy Griffith Show to Gentle Ben and the films Grand Theft Auto, Apollo 13, and beyond.
Andy Griffith was as wonderful as he appeared to be.
In The Boys, Ron Howard claimed that Andy Griffith was a warm-hearted, loving mentor to him when he was a kid. Working with him on the 1986 television reunion film Return to Mayberry, Howard realized he’d been right all along about Griffith.
“Andy, now white-haired, was putting the finishing touches on his long-running court drama Matlock,” Ron wrote. “It was a huge comfort to discover that my childhood impression of Andy had not been romanticized; he was just as nice and generous as I remembered him being in the 1960s.” Griffith was one of the most “artistically open and generous” actors the Cinderella Man director had ever worked with, from extending work to a Griffith Show cast mate who had suffered a stroke to offering a small role on the show to an old North Carolina friend who had been going through a rough patch.
The set of M*A*S*H was very different from that of the ‘Griffith Show.’Ron guest-starred in the first season of the television comedy M*A*S*H in 1973 while on holiday from school. The sets for the two shows couldn’t have been more dissimilar, he wrote in his memoir. On the Griffith Show set, anyone may sit in any actor’s set chair at any moment, but on M*A*S*H, things were done a little differently.
“I didn’t realize how easygoing [the Griffith Show set]was until I filmed an episode of M*A*S*H years later,” Ron wrote. “During a commercial break, I snatched a seat between Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers. I didn’t notice Loretta Swit glaring at me when she stepped in. ‘Hey, Loretta, how are you doing?’ I blurted out. ‘You’re in my chair,’ she answered. I walked away with a smirking expression on my face.
That chair had plainly meant something to her in a way that no other piece of furniture had ever meant to an Andy Griffith actor.”
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