The Boys : A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

The Boys : A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

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Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben—these shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the ’60s and ’70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor Clint Howard as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.

“What was it like to grow up on TV?” Ron Howard has been asked this question throughout his adult life. In The Boys, he and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhoods in detail for the first time. For Ron, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days offered fame, joy, and opportunity—but also invited stress and bullying. For Clint, a fast start on such programs as Gentle Ben and Star Trek petered out in adolescence, with some tough consequences and lessons.

With the perspective of time and success—Ron as a filmmaker, producer, and Hollywood A-lister, Clint as a busy character actor—the Howard brothers delve deep into an upbringing that seemed normal to them yet was anything but. 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 and ambition to become Ron and Clint’s teacher, sage, and moral compass. Jean became their loving protector—sometimes over-protector—from the snares and traps of Hollywood.

By turns confessional, nostalgic, heartwarming, and harrowing, The Boys is a dual narrative that lifts the lid on the Howard brothers’ closely held lives. It’s the journey of a tight four-person family unit that held fast in an unforgiving business and of two brothers who survived “child-actor syndrome” to become fulfilled adults.

Title:The Boys : A Memoir of Hollywood and Family
ISBN:9780063065246
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    The Boys : A Memoir of Hollywood and Family Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook…. read by Ron Howard and Cliff Howard …..13 hours and 18 minutes Who does not love Ron Howard? Right? I mean … really? Can you think of one darn little thing ‘not’ to like? Of cour...

  • J.K. Grice

    THE BOYS is one of the best memoirs that I've read and one of my favorites now for sure. Ron and Clint Howard do a marvelous job of telling their own stories from childhood through adulthood. It's als...

  • Katie B

    The Howards are the gold standard when it comes to Hollywood families. Yes, they have experienced success working in the tv/film industry but what is most impressive to me is they are down-to-earth, g...

  • Toni

    I really enjoyed reading this book! Ron and Clint Howard talk about their somewhat normal childhood despite being Hollywood child actors, thanks to their parents. They didn’t live a lavish lifestyle...

  • SundayAtDusk

    This memoir by brothers Ron and Clint Howard was pretty interesting until Chapter 12, at which time I started skimming. Ron Howard often went on and on about topics that did not interest me. He also i...

  • Christine Comito

    Enjoyable review of Ron Howard's acting career and early desire to be a producer and how he learned how to do that. And his brother Clint who, as a character actor, has been in a ton of movies. Also i...

  • Lisa Yee Swope

    The Boys felt like you were listening in at an extended family reunion of the Howards as Ron and Clint held court, retelling some of their favorite family anecdotes from years gone by, the stories eve...

  • Bill Collins

    I loved every word of this book. Ron Howard has been present in my life since I was old enough to remember The Andy Griffith Show (I was born the same year as Ron and like him, was a baseball nut and ...

  • Karen McQuestion

    I really enjoyed reading this memoir, and it was fascinating to see both Clint and Ron's point of view. They had a unique childhood and I'm glad they chose to share it with readers....

  • Tena Edlin

    This was an entertaining listen, read by both of the Howard brothers. The reviews I read were a little harsh, feeling the book was too goody-goody and not interesting. I found it refreshing to read ab...