Ron Howard reveals why anxiety over ‘Happy Days’ character Fonzie led to hair loss: ‘I kept everything inside’


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Ron Howard and his brother Clint Howard have written a new book titled ‘The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family’.

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Ron Howard Was So Concerned About Henry Winkler’s “The Fonz” That His Character Was Evoking Richie Cunningham In the early stages of “Happy Days” That she developed a skin condition and began to lose her hair – as ABC renamed the show “Fonzzy’s Happy Days”.

“The biggest stress of all was Fonzie. Not Henry [Winkler], but Fonzie. It didn’t escape my attention that as the season went on, Fonz was getting more and more screen time,” writes Howard, 67. “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family,” In which he and his brother, actor Clint Howard, reminisce about their careers.


“I didn’t handle my stress particularly well,” he writes. “Maybe I would have benefited from seeing a psychiatrist… Instead, I put everything in. Then I started having cracking eczema rashes all over my body, most commonly on my eyelashes… and my hair thinning. Looking at the men on both sides of my family, I knew it was inevitable … but during this time it began to unfold in dangerous clumps.”

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It all worked out. Series creator Garry Marshall told Ron that he would not change the show’s title if he “didn’t support it” (he didn’t). “happy Days” A fruitful run from 1974 to 1984, linking Howard and Winkler as lifelong friends, spawning two classic spinoffs (“Mork and Mindy” and “Lavern and Shirley”) and a turkey (“Jonny Love’s Auntie”) enjoyed. (They reunited for the 1982 big-screen comedy “Night Shift,” which Ron directed.)

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“The Boys” appears in a charming first-person narrative as 62-year-old Ron and Clint, reminiscent of growing up with their parents, actors Rance and Gene Howard, and the brothers’ very young age in Hollywood. enters. The bulk of the memoir covers his television career.

Ron was only 6 years old when he became famous as Opie Taylor on the top-ranked sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” which chronicled life in Mayberry, NC and lasted from 1960-68.

Co-star Andy Griffith was in “real pain” as his marriage to his first wife, Barbara, was “unresolved,” he writes.

“He had come back from Christmas break in a season with his hand all taped. He was blunt about what happened: ‘I got drunk, I got mad, and I put my fist through a door’ .’”

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To Jim Nabors: “Jim, while private about his personal life, wasn’t closed. He didn’t pretend to date women or insist that he wasn’t gay… The crew was, unfortunately, enlightened. He didn’t. Listening to him- chatter, I heard a word I didn’t know: Homo. That’s what he called Jim behind his back, and not with any sign of kindness.”

Ron Howard and his brother Clint Howard have written a memoir together.

The memoir also includes brief appearances in some of the brothers’ early films—but Ron talks about his successful directing career (including “Willow,” “Parenthood,” “Apollo 13,” “Frost/Nixon”) in any detail. “Hillbilly Elegy”).

However, he does write about how on the set of the 1973 George Lucas comedy “American Graffiti,” When he was 18, his 25-year-old co-star, Cindy Williams (later to star in “Lavern & Shirley” with Penny Marshall), taught him the art of smooching.

“She felt, rightly, that her eighteen-year-old acting partner was inexperienced in kissing scenes and had a bundle of nerves about performing them,” he writes. “‘We can’t kiss the first time on camera,’ she said. ‘We better practice.’ With the professionalism of Hollywood’s intimacy coordinators… Cindy taught me how to be convincing for the camera without overstepping. She was neither romantically interested in me, nor I in her. Cindy’s generosity while saving me from embarrassment From it served … “

Director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard today.

Ron also describes, critically, how he told his mother about his teenage years.

“I was used to Dad’s frankness and imperviousness to so-called taboos. So I thought of notifying Mom about my nocturnal emissions and my more conscious bedroom activities and asking her if it was all normal, And, if so that was all right. I can not hear you!’ Voiced out to cast out any more disgusting revelations I was sharing, she said, “‘You’ll have to wait until your dad comes home to talk about this. Ask him, not me!’ “

He has done. And here’s what Reigns told him: “Some people call it J-King Off. But masturbation is the real word. It’s all too normal. It’s not dirty. Don’t worry about it.”

From left: Ron Howard, Marion Ross and Henry Winkler during the 56th Annual ACE AD Awards - Arrival at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States.

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Clint also vividly remembers his descent into heavy pot smoking, drinking, and heavy drug use. “I tried to calm down a few times, the first time in 1984,” he writes, noting that he marked his first day of sobriety as June 14, 1991.

“I opened the Yellow Pages and found a listing for Beverly Glen Hospital, which offered a twenty-eight-day inpatient program for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence … Mom and Dad did their best to help … I needed a few tries it took before recovery.

“Ron, bless him, my years of use have consistently cast me in his movies.”

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