Ron and Clint Howard's memoir on growing up in Hollywood to release in October

According to William Morrow, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint, the book will help answer a perennial question asked of Ron Howard: What was it like to grow up on television?

The Associated Press April 13, 2021 12:39:41 IST
Ron and Clint Howard's memoir on growing up in Hollywood to release in October

Ron and Clint Howard's autobiographical work, The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

New York: Filmmaker-actor Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, brothers, former child stars and fellow Hollywood veterans, will now share their unusual story in book-length form.

The Howards have a deal with William Morrow for The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family, scheduled to come out on 12 October. According to William Morrow, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint, the book will help answer a perennial question asked of Ron Howard: What was it like to grow up on television?

“In The Boys, he and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhoods in detail for the first time,” the publisher’s statement Monday reads in part. “For Ron, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days offered fame, joy, and opportunity — but also invited stress and bullying. For Clint, a fast start on such programs as Gentle Ben and Star Trek petered out in adolescence, with some tough consequences and lessons.”

Ron and Clint Howards memoir on growing up in Hollywood to release in October

Filmmaker and actor Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard's memoir will answer the pressing question of what it means to grow up on television. Image via Twitter

According to the Howards, The Boys was first inspired by the death of their father, actor Rance Howard.

“When our dad passed in 2017, Clint and I began reflecting upon our lives and realized that while our childhoods seemed normal, they were anything but,” Ron Howard, who as an adult has directed such acclaimed films as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, said in a statement.

“Who grows up on a soundstage hanging out with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, or with a trained bear? And what are the ways that particular childhood forever informed the choices I would make as a husband, father and filmmaker? We’re excited to share the story of how our parents pulled this off — raising two show-business kids who had no clue that their lives were out of the ordinary while rooting them in a loving, slightly off-beat family.”

Clint Howard, whose hundreds of other acting credits range from Seinfeld to several films by his brother, said in a statement: “Mom and dad‘s teachings are treasures to this day but I’ve realized that I took their presence for granted. Writing The Boys with my brother has been the topper of a wonderful lifetime.”

Ron Howard’s daughter, actor-filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard, wrote a foreword for the book.

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