The Boys

Brothers Ron and Clint Howard have had unique experiences in the film industry. Having grown up on screen, their early lives and adolescent memories were quite different from those of others at their age.

Ron Howard played Opie on The Andy Griffith Show as well as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days while his brother appeared on Gentle Ben and Start Trek. Though both boys had different journeys in the industry, they faced conflicts that manifested in stress and bullying.

Today, both Howard brothers remain active in the industry and share their stories in The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family. Ron is a filmmaker, producer, and Hollywood A-lister, while Clint continues to work as a character actor. In this book, the brothers tell the story of their Midwestern parents, a move West to follow their dreams, and ultimately see Ron and Clint find their way in the entertainment industry while still working to maintain a sense of normalcy.

This book is an interesting story of a close family unit able to take on many challenges and achievements in the entertainment industry. The narrative is inviting, engaging, as well as heartwarming, and is sure to be enjoyed by fans of classic television and the work of the Howards.


The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family is available for purchase via HarperCollins Publishers.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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