‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Ron Howard Said This Was the Odd Way He Learned To Write While on the Show

by Jeremy Spirogis
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For filmmaker Ron Howard, his profession started in earnest on the tender age of 6 portraying Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show.

Although not but capable of learn, it was clear he may act because the younger actor was delivering his traces with the poise of somebody a lot older.

The A Beautiful Mind director shared the fascinating and amusing story of how he realized to jot down on the basic comedy.

Ron Howard and Andy Griffith in 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Ron Howard and Andy Griffith in ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ | CBS by way of Getty Images

Ron Howard didn’t but know the best way to learn when ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ started

When the sequence launched in 1960, Ron Howard was solely 6 years outdated, and wasn’t capable of learn.

Howard, in contrast to the opposite actors on set, couldn’t learn his traces and commit them to reminiscence that means. It was his father who at first, “taught me my lines. I couldn’t read,” he advised the Archive of American Television in 2006.

His father, Rance Howard, who was additionally an actor, would “teach me the dialogue. The great thing he did was he was teaching me good, solid fundamentals about acting. My dad was teaching me to act.”

Howard’s mother and father didn’t stress him to behave 

The director, in his dialog with the Archive of American Television, recalled that his mother and father spoke to him maturely, when he was simply beginning The Andy Griffith Show, and made clear to him that he didn’t need to do it.

It was necessary for them that their son understood that performing was not being pressured on him. However, in addition they wished him to understand that when he signed on to a mission, he needed to see it by means of.

“My parents always said, ‘You don’t have to do this.’ They were every so often sitting me down and saying, ‘If you don’t want to act on the show, you really don’t have to. You’re not doing it for us.’ I remember pretty adult dialogue about it,” he stated.

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The present had him signal a seven-year contract on the outset, and so Howard’s mother and father wanted him to know this was a long-term dedication.

“I do bear in mind when The Andy Griffith Show began,” Howard recalled, “they said, ‘You have to sign a contract for seven years, and you won’t be able to just decide that you want to stop this. Remember how we’ve always said do it if you want, but if you start this show, you can’t quit.’”

Ron Howard realized to jot down on the present – on this uncommon means

(L - R): Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of 'The Andy Griffith Show'(L - R): Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of 'The Andy Griffith Show'
(L – R): Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ | CBS by way of Getty Images

Just as he realized to learn progressively by means of his time on the small-town comedy, Howard additionally, as a result of his fame on the present, realized to jot down.

“I first realized to jot down to signal autographs. Because individuals had been starting to return up and ask me for autographs after The Andy Griffith Show aired,” Howard stated.

“I could print but it just took me forever, so I actually learned cursive writing so that I could sign autographs.”

Given that the Oscar-winning director’s fame has solely elevated, it was clearly nice apply that he’s nonetheless placing to good use today.

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