Ron Howard was so worried that Henry Winkler’s “The Fonz” caught Richie Cunningham at the beginning of “Happy Days” that he contracted a skin disease and his hair began to fall out. ”
“The biggest stress of everything was Fonzi. Not Henry [Winkler], but Fonzi. As the season went on, I didn’t notice that Fonz was increasing his screen time, ”Howard, 67, writes in his book, Boys: Hollywood and Family Memory, in which he and his brother, actor Clint Howard, remember their careers.
“I didn’t take stress well,” he writes. “Maybe I would have benefited from going to a psychotherapist … Instead, I kept everything inside me. Then I started getting eczema rashes all over my body, most of my eyelids … And my hair started to fall out. looking at the men on either side, I knew it was inevitable … But in the meantime, it was starting to turn into scary pieces.
It’s all done. Series creator Harry Marshall told Ron “if he didn’t support it” (he didn’t support it) and “Happy Days” from 1974 to 1984 with two classic spinoffs (“Mork & Mindy” and “Laverne & Shirley”) and a turkey. (“Joanie loves Chachi”), bound Howard and Winkler as lifelong friends. (They teamed up in 1982 for the big-screen comedy Night Exchange, directed by Ron.)
“Boys” takes place in the first personal story, Ron and Clint, 62, remember growing up with their parents, actors Rance and Jean Howard, and the brothers ’early arrival in Hollywood. The main part of the memory includes their activities on television.
Ron was only 6 years old when he rose to fame in the sitcom “Andy Griffith Show,” known as Obi Taylor, who described his life in Maybury State Folklore and ran from 1960-68.
He writes that second star Andy Griffith’s marriage to his first wife, Barbara, was “broken.”
“He came back from Christmas holiday with his hands bandaged for a season. He said exactly what happened: ‘I was drunk, I went crazy and I put my fist out the door.’
As for Jim Nabors: “Jim, in terms of his private life, was not closed. He didn’t pretend to meet women or say he wasn’t gay … the crew was unfortunately not very enlightened. Listening to their conversations. , I heard a word I didn’t know: homo. That’s what they called Jim from behind, but not for good. “
The memoir also contains a brief account of the brothers ’early films, but Ron talks about his successful directing career (including“ Willow ”,“ Parents ”,“ Apollo 13 ”,“ Frost / Nixon ”, etc.). does not speak in detail. “Hillbilly Elegy”).
He wrote George Lucas ’comedy American Graffiti in 1973 at the age of 18, starring 25-year-old Cindy Williams (later co-starring with Penny Marshall in Laverne). & Shirley ”), taught him the art of smoking.
“He rightly felt that his eighteen-year-old actor partner was inexperienced in kissing scenes and nervous to play them,” she writes. “We can’t kiss on camera for the first time,” he said. “We practice better.” Cindy did this service generously and saved me from embarrassment … “
Ron also describes in great detail how he told his mother about his teenage desires.
“I’m used to my father being open and impenetrable to what is called taboo. So I thought it would be right to inform my mom about my nightmares and conscious exercise in the bedroom and ask her if everything was normal. he was horrified to put his hands to his ears, in this position. “La-la-la, I can’t hear you!” A voice to turn off other disgusting revelations I might have said, “You have to wait until your father talks about it. Ask him, not me!”
He did. And here Rans told him, “Some people call it ‘j -king.’ But masturbation is a real term. It’s all very normal. It’s not dirty. Don’t worry about it.”
The biggest revelation about Clint’s time in “Gentle Ben” (1967-69) relates to his singing star Bruno: “The only negative … was the smell of it.
Clint also openly remembers that he smoked, drank, and used more drugs. “I tried to stay awake several times, the first time was in 1984,” he writes, noting that he celebrated his first day of wakefulness on June 14, 1991.
“I opened the Yellow Pages and found a list of Beverly Glen Hospital, which offered a twenty-eight-day inpatient program to treat drug and alcohol addiction … My mom and dad helped as much as I could … I need a few tries before recovery.
“Ron, bless him, play me in his movies constantly for the rest of my life.”