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The Boys

By Ron Howard and Clint Howard

A Captivating Memoir and Enjoyable Read



In THE BOYS, Ron Howard and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhood in detail for the first time. For Ron playing Opie on the Andy Griffith Show and Richard Cunningham on Happy Days offered fame and opportunity but also invited stress and bullying.

Clint starred on such programs as Gentle Ben and Star Trek but hit a wall in adolescence with some tough consequences and lessons.

The brothers dive deep into their childhood with the perspective of hindsight and success.—Ron, as a filmmaker and producer, and Clint, as a busy character actor. Their Midwestern parents, Rance and Jean, moved to California to pursue their own showbiz dreams. But it was their young sons who found steady employment as actors. Rance put aside his ego to become Ron and Clint’s teacher, interpreter, and moral compass. Jean became a loving protector from the snares of Hollywood.

THE BOYS is a two-person narrative that opens the door to the brothers' lives. It’s the tale of a tight-knit four-person family that held fast in an unforgiving business and two brothers who successfully survived “child–actor syndrome.”

“These pages capture a turning point in the entertainment industry, as told through the personal lens of one family.”


THE BOYS is a captivating memoir of two boys growing up in Hollywood and their astute parents who kept them straight. The writing is honest, straightforward, and enjoyable. As a sixties child, I grew up watching Ron and Clint Howard on TV. The book is compulsively readable and listening to the audiobook brought back many fond memories of watching these series with my family.

“Time moves more slowly when you’re young, because life is still new to you, a process of discovery.”

Publisher Harper Audio

Published October 11, 2021

Narrated Ron Howard and Clint Howard

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