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Ron Howard (March 1, 1954) is an American film and television director, producer, writer, and actor. In 1988, he directed Lucasfilm's fantasy film Willow, produced by George Lucas.[1] In 2017, after the firing of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller,[3] Howard was tapped to be the new director of Solo: A Star Wars Story.[2]

Howard first gained fame as Opie Taylor, son of Sheriff Andy Taylor, on The Andy Griffith Show. He first worked with George Lucas in Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti. He later starred in Happy Days. He became a filmmaker and has directed such hit films as Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, and Rush. He also directed A Beautiful Mind, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director.[1]

Howard was approached by Lucas to direct Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, but turned it down as he deemed the offer too daunting.[4]

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