The American Society of Cinematographers

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Ron Howard Will Receive ASC Board of Governors Award


December 6, 2006

LOS ANGELES, (December 6, 2006)—Ron Howard will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. Howard will be feted during the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here on February 18, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

“Ron Howard is a dedicated filmmaker who is creating an extraordinary legacy of artful and memorable films,” says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, chairman of the organization’s Awards Committee. “He has earned the admiration of our members for his collaborative spirit and commitment to the art of visual storytelling.”

Howard has compiled more than 100 television and cinema credits as an actor, writer, director and producer. He earned an Oscar for directing A Beautiful Mind and also co-produced that film which claimed Best Motion Picture honors in the 2002 Academy Awards competition. Howard has also earned Emmy Awards for producing the miniseries From the Earth of the Moon and the comedy series Arrested Development. In 2003, Howard was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in addition to many other industry accolades.

He joins a list of venerable previous ASC Board of Governors recipients, including Gregory Peck, Charles Champlin, Sheldon Leonard, Fay Kanin, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster, Robert Wise, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Sally Field, Stanley Donen, Norman Jewison, Irwin Winkler, Gilbert Cates and Sydney Pollack.

“We have reserved this award for individuals from other sectors of the industry who share our passion for filmmaking as a form of artistic expression,” says ASC President Daryn Okada. “It is meant to both recognize and inspire artistic achievements in filmmaking. Ron Howard brings out the best in everyone. He has inspired countless filmmakers to pursue their dreams and never compromises artistic integrity.”

Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1954. Both of his parents were actors. He debuted with them on the stage in The Seven Year Itch in a Baltimore theater when he was 2 years old, and earned his first film credit in Frontier Woman at the age of 4. Howard played the memorable role of Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man when he was 8 years old, and the adorable Opie in The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 to ‘68.

Howard began shooting and editing his own Super 8 films when he was around 15 years old. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the film studies program at the University of Southern California for two years before his acting career shifted into high gear. Howard played a central character in American Graffiti in 1973, and portrayed the irrepressible teenager Richie Cunningham in the hit TV series Happy Days, which premiered the following year. He earned several Golden Globe nominations, one of which was in the supporting actor category for The Shootist, the last John Wayne movie, in 1976.

Howard set his sights on directing during his early 20s. He took turns at the helm on several episodes of Happy Days, and agreed to act in a Roger Corman film called Eat My Dust in 1976 in exchange for the opportunity to direct a narrative feature for the producer. Howard was 23 years old when he co-authored the script for Grand Theft Auto with his father Rance Howard. His focus shifted from acting to directing at that juncture.

Howard captured the attention of movie critics and fans with Night Shift in 1982. He followed that film with Splash and Cocoon, which were runaway hits at the box office.

In 1986, Howard and his long-time friend Brian Grazer organized Imagine Entertainment, Inc., which focuses on developing and producing independent feature films and television programming. They have produced an eclectic mix of notable films that Howard also directed, including Willow, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13, Far and Away, The Paper, Ransom, Edtv, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Missing, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code. He has also produced and occasionally scripted other feature films and television projects for Imagine.

The ASC traces its roots to the dawn of the motion picture industry in 1913, when the Cinema Club in New York and the Static Club in Los Angeles were organized by the first generation of cinematographers who were literally inventing a new language. Fifteen members of those two clubs organized the ASC in January 1919. They wrote a charter which dedicated the organization to advancing the evolving art and craft of telling stories with moving images. There are some 280 ASC members from many nations today, and 170 associate members from allied sectors of the industry.

For information about the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, call 323-969-4333.



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