Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Becky Donaldson from the Show Full House played by Lori Loughlin

Lori Anne Loughlin was born July 28, 1964 in New York City.  She is most famous for playing the role of Becky Donaldson on the TV comedy Full House.  

Lori Loughlin as Becky Donaldson on the TV show Full House

Lori started her career off as a child model and did catalog ads for Sears.  She then began appearing in television commercials for several years.  Loughlin landed her first television role at 9 years old making an appearance in a 1971 episode of The Smith Family starring Henry Fonda, Janet Blair, Ron Howard, Darleen Carr, John Carter, and Michael-James Wixted.

In 1979, Lori played a small part in the television movie Too Far to Go co-starring Michael Moriarty, Blythe Danner, Glenn Close, Kathryn Walker, Ken Kercheval, and Josef Sommer.  A year later in 1980, Loughlin made occasional appearances as Jody Travis in the soap opera The Edge of Night with Joel Crothers, Forrest Compton, Ann Flood, and Wade Nichols. Her last appearance as Jody Travis was in 1983.

Lori Loughlin as Jody Travis in The Edge of Night

Lori made appearances in Matt Houston starring Lee Horsley, and Pamela Hensley; and The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour co-starring Willie Aames, Christopher Blande, Ja'net DuBois, Amanda Wyss, George DiCenzo, William Windom, and Carmen Zapata.

Loughlin landed her first film role in the 1983 film Amityville 3-D co-starring Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Meg Ryan, Robert Joy, Candy Clark, John Harkins, Neill Barry, John Beal, and Leora Dana.  

Young Meg Ryan and Lori Loughlin in Amityville 3-D 1983

Lori would go on to appear in shows and films such as The New Kids co-starring Shannon Presby, James Spader, Vince Grant, Eric Stoltz, John Philbin, Paige Lyn Price, and Theron Montgomery (1985); Secret Admirer aka The Letter co-starring C. Thomas Howell, Kelly Preston, Dee Wallace, Fred Ward, Courtney Gains, Corey Haim, Cliff De Young, and Leigh Taylor-Young (1985); North Beach and Rawhide co-starring William Shatner, Tate Donovan, G.W. Bailey, James Olson, Conchata Ferrell, Ron O'Neal, Grace Zabriski, Chris Penn, and Gretchen Corbett (1985); Rad co-starring Bill Allen, Talia Shire, Ray Walston, Bart Conner, H.B. Haggerty, and Alfie Wise (1986); The Brotherhood of Justice co-starring Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Billy Zane, Joe Spano, Danny Nucci, Evan Mirand, and Darren Dalton (1986); The Equalizer starring Edward Woodward and Keith Szarabajka (2 episodes, 1986-87); A Place to Call Home co-starring Linda Lavin, Lane Smith, Robert MacNaghton, Maggie Fitzgibbon, and Skye Bassett (1987); Back to the Beach co-starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Tommy Hinkley, Connie Stevens, Demian Slade, Linda Carol, and David Bowe (1987); and The Night Before co-starring Keanu Reeves, Theresa Saldana, Morgan Lofting, and Trinidad Silva (1988).

Lori Loughlin in Secret Admirer (The Letter) 1985

It was in 1988, that Lori landed the role of Becky Donaldson on the television show Full House.  She co-starred with Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (Michelle Tanner), and Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler).  She played the role of Becky for eight years until the show ended in 1995.

The cast of Full House John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), Lori Loughlin (Becky Donaldson), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Candace Cameron Bure (D. J. Tanner), Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen (Michelle Tanner), and Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone)

During her run on Full House, Loughlin also made appearances such as Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles co-starring Dave Thomas, Lisa Dalton and Dave Coulier (1992); Doing Time on Maple Drive co-starring Bibi Besch, James Sikking, William McNamara, Jim Carrey, Jayne Brook, and David Byron (1992); To Grandmother's House We Go co-starring Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Cynthia Geary, Rhea Perlman, and J. Eddie Peck; Empty Cradle co-starring Kate Jackson, David Lansbury, Eriq La Salle, Camilla Belle, Penny Johnson, Jonah Blechman, and Michelle Joyner; A Stranger in the Mirror co-starring Perry King, Geordie Johnson, Juliet Mills, Christopher Plummer, Terence Kelly, and George Touliatos (1993); One of Her Own co-starring Greg Evigan, Valerie Landsburg, Martin Sheen, Reginald VelJohnson, Jeff Yagher, Jason Schombing, Rhoda Griffis, and Elaine Nalee (1994); and Abandoned and Deceived co-starring Brian Kerwin, Farrah Forke, Claudette Nevins, Eric Lloyd, Rosemary Forsyth, Bibi Besch, and Ilene Graff (1995).

Lori Laughlin (Becky Donaldson) and John Stamos (Jessie Katsopolis) of the television show Full House

After her run on Full House, Lori immediately landed the role of Melanie Clifford on the TV show Hudson Street.  She co-starred with Tony Danza (Tony Canetti), Jerry Adler (Lt. Al Teischler), Christine Dunford (Officer Kirby McIntire), Frankie J. Galasso (Mickey Canetti),  Shareen Mitchell (Lucy canetti), Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter (Winston Silvira), and Tom Gallop (Officer R. Regelski).  Lori played the role of Melanie for the entire two year run of the show.

Lori Loughlin and the cast of Hudson Street
Lori Loughlin (Melanie Clifford) and Tony Danza (Tony Canetti) of the TV show Hudson Street

Loughlin went on to star in In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory with Bruce Campbell, Susanna Thompson, Brad Sullivan, Shannon Day, Victor Morris, and Bradley Whitford (1997); Tell Me No Secrets co-starring Bruce Greenwood, Max Gail, Joe Flanigan, Shannon Day, Tracey Walter, Lauren Tom, Kathryn Harrold, Micole Mercurio, Mimi cozzens, and Rob Nilsson (1997); The Larry Sanders Show starring Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, Wallace Langham, Penny Johnson, and John Stamos (1997); Suddenly Susan starring Brooke Shields, Judd Nelson, Nestor Carbonell, and Kathy Griffin (1997); The Price of Heaven co-starring Grant Show, Cicely Tyson, George Wendt, Louise Stratten, and Cari Shayne (1997); Casper: A Spirited Beginning co-starring Steve Guttenberg, Michael McKean, Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Moll, Shannon Chandler, Brendon Ryan Barrett, Sherman Hemsley, and Ben Stein (1997); Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards (1997); and Medusa's Child co-starring Vincent Spano, Gail O'Grady, Chris Noth, Kevin Dillon, Martin Sheen, John Glover, Jack Coleman, and Bob Morrisey (1997).

Lori Loughlin and Steve Guttenberg in the film Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997

In the new millinium, Lori started off appearing in The Weber Show starring in Steven Weber, Amy Pietz, Wendell Pierce, and Chris Elliott; Critical Mass co-starring Treat Williams, Blake Clark, Jack Betts, Udo Kier, and Richard Anthony Crenna (2001); Suckers co-starring Joe Yanetty, Jake Johannsen, David Ackert, Daniel Benzali, and Utah Blue (2001); Spin City starring Charlie Sheen, Barry Bostwick, Heather Locklear, and Alan Ruck (3 episodes, 2001); Eastwick co-starring Marcia Cross, Jason O'Mara, Kelly Rutherford, Chris Evans, Jonathan Bennett, Tara Wilson, and Riley Smith (2002); Birds of Prey starring Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Mia Sara, Shemar Moore, Rachel Skarsten, Ian Abercrombie, and Shawn Christian (2002);  The Drew Carey Show starring Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Kathy Kinney, and Ryan Stiles (2 episodes, 2002);

In 2004, Lori landed the role of Ava Gregory in the TV show Summerland.  She co-starred with  Merrin Dungey (Susannah Rexford), Ryan Kwanten (Jay Robertson), Jesse McCartney (Bradin Westerly), Shawn Christian (Johnny Durant), Nick Benson (Derrick Westerly), Zac Efron (Cameron Bale), Kay Panabaker (Nikki Westerly), and Jonathan Slavin (Colby Freed). Loughlin played the role of Ava for two years until the show ended in 2005.

Lori Loughlin as Ava Gregory in the TV show Summerland

During her run on Summerland, Loughlin also did some voicework in the show Justice League starring Carl Lumbly, George Newbern and Phil LaMarr (voice, 2004); and 1-800-Missing starring Caterina Scorsone, Vivica A. Fox, Louis Ferreira, and Mark Consuelos (2 episodes, 2005).

Lori Loughlin as Ava Gregory in the TV show Summerland

After Summerland, Lori made appearances in movies and shows such as Jake in Progress starring John Stamos, Wendie Malick, Rick Hoffman, and Ian gomez (2006); Farce of the Penguins co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Alexander, Jason Biggs,
Christina Applegate, James Belushi, Dane Cook, Dave Coulier, Lewis black, Drea de Matteo, Mario Cantone, and Harvey Fierstein (voice, 2006); and Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, and Camryn Manheim (2006).

In 2007, Loughlin landed the role of Dr. Joanna Lupone in the TV show In Case of Emergency.  She co-starred with David Arquette (Jason Ventress), Jonathan Silverman (Harry Kennison), Kelly Hu (Kelly Lee), Jackson Bond (Dylan Kennison), and Greg Germann (Sherman Yablonsky).  The show only lasted one season before being cancelled.

Lori Loughlin as Dr. Joanna Lupone in the TV show In Case of Emergency 2007
Lori Loughlin and the cast of In Case of Emergency 2007

After In Case of Emergency, Lori starred in the film Moondance Alexander co-starring Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson,
James Best, Joe Norman Shaw, Sasha Cohen, Mimi Gianopulos, Julia Maxwell, landon Liboiron, and Whitney Sloan (2007).

In 2008, Loughlin landed the role of Debbie Wilson in the new version of Bevery Hills, 90210 simply called 90210.  She co-stars with Shenae Grimes (Annie Wilson), Tristan Wilds (Dixon Wilson), Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna Tate-Duncan), AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi Clark), Jessic Stroup (Erin Silver), Ryan Eggold (Ryan Matthews), Matt Lanter (Liam Court), and Gillian Zinser (Ivy Sullivan).  As of the writing of this article, it is rumored that Loughlin will not be playing the role of Debbie Wilson as the show continues for the next season.

Lori Loughlin today

During her run on 90210, Lori also starred in the film Old Dogs with Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Ella Bleu Travolta, Conner Rayburn, Bernie Mac, Matt Dillon, Rita Wilson, Amy Sedaris, and Ann-Margret (2009); and Meet My Mom co-starring Johnny Messner, Tracy Howe, Stefanie Powers, Troy Winbush, charles Henry Wyson, Rob Nagle, Carey Van Dyke, Burnadean Jones, Uriah Shelton, Sandra Prosper, and Amy Grabow (2010).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Harry Morgan who played Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the TV Show M*A*S*H

Born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Morgan was most famous for playing the role of Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the 1970s television comedy M*A*S*H.  However, he is also well known for playing other roles such as Pete Porter in Pete and Gladys and December Bride, and Bill Gannon on Dragnet.

Harry Morgan played Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the TV comedy M*A*S*H


Harry Morgan got his acting start in the 1942 film To the Shores of Tripoli co-starring John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Randolph Scott, Alan Hale Jr., Nancy Kelly, and William Tracy.  That same year he also starred in The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe co-starring Linda Darnell, Shepperd Strudwick, Mary Howard, Virginia Gilmore, and Jane Darwell;  Orchestra Wives co-starring George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller, Cesar Romero, Carole Landis, Lynn Bari, and Virginia Gilmore; and The Omaha Trail co-starring James Craig, Pamela Blake, Dean Jagger, Chill Wills, Edward Ellis, and Howard Da Silva.


Morgan starred in Crash Dive co-starring Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, James Gleason, and Dana Andrews; The Ox-Bow Incident co-starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews and Mary Beth Hughes, Jane Darwell, and Anthony Quinn; and Happy Land co-starring Don Ameche, Frances Dee, Ann Rutherford, Richard Crane, Harry Carey, and Cara Williams.

Harry Morgan in The Ox-Bow Incident 1943


Harry starred in The Eve of St. Mark with Anne Baxter, William Eythe, Vincent Price, Ruth Nelson, and Michael O'Shea; Roger Touhy, Gangster co-starring Preston Foster, Victor McLaglen, Anthony Quinn, Kent Taylor, and Lois Andrews; Wing and a Prayer co-starring Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, William Eythe, Kevin O'Shea, Charles Bickford, and Cedric Hardwicke; and Gentle Annie co-starring James Craig, Donna Reed, Marjorie Main, Noah Beery, and Paul Langton.


Morgan starred in A Bell for Adano co-starring Gene Tierney, John Hodiak, Glenn Langan, William Bendix, and Richard Conte; and State Fair co-starring Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Charles Winninger, and Vivian Blaine.


Harry starred in From This Day Forward with Joan Fontaine, Mark Stevens, Bobby Driscoll, Rosemary DeCamp, and Wally Brown;  Johnny Comes Flying Home co-starring Richard Crane, Faye Marlowe, Martha Stewart, Roy Roberts, and Charles Russell; Dragonwyck co-starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Jessica Tandy, and Anne Revere; Somewhere in the Night co-starring John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Sheldon Leonard, Richard Conte, and Lloyd Nolan; It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog co-starring Carole Landis, Allyn Joslyn, Margo Woode, Jean Wallace, and Reed Hadley; and Crime Doctor's Man Hunt co-starring Warner Baxter, Ellen Drew, Claire Carletonv, Frank Sully, and William Frawley.


Morgan appeared in The Gangster co-starring Barry Sullivan, John Ireland, Joan Lorring, Belita and Akim Tamiroff.


Morgan starred in All My Sons with Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, Howard Duff, Mady Christians, and Arlene Francis; The Big Clock co-starring Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton, George Macready, and Rita Johnson; Race Street co-starring George Raft, William Bendix, Mack Gray, Gale Robbins, and Marilyn Maxwell; The Saxon Charm co-starring Robert Montgomery, Susan Hayward, Chill Wills, John Payne, and Audrey Totter; Moonrise co-starring Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Lloyd Bridges, Ethel Barrymore, Rex Ingram, and Allyn Joslyn; and Yellow Sky co-starring Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, John Russell, Richard Widmark, and Robert Arthur;


Harry starred in Hello Out There with Marjorie Steele and Lee Patrick; Down to the Sea in Ships co-starring Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Gene Lockhart, Dean Stockwell, Cecil Kellaway, and Paul Harvey; The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend co-starring Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Hugh Herbert, and Olga San Juan; Madame Bovary co-starring Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Gladys Cooper,  Gene Lockhart, Ellen Corby, and Louis Jourdan; Strange Bargain co-starring Martha Scott, Jeffrey Lynn, Michael Chapin, Katherine Emery, Walter Sande, and Arlene Gray; Red Light co-starring George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Raymond Burr, and Gene Lockhart; and Holiday Affair co-starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Henry O'Neill, and Esther Dale.


Morgan starred in Outside the Wall with Richard Basehart, Marilyn Maxwell, John Hoyt, Signe Hasso, and Dorothy Hart; The Showdown co-starring Bill Elliott, Walter Brennan, Jim Davis, Marie Windsor, and Henry Rowland; and Dark City co-starring Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Jack Webb, Ed Begley, Viveca Lindfors, and Dean Jagger.


Harry starred in Belle Le Grand co-starring Vera Ralston, John Carroll, William Ching, Grant Withers, and Hope Emerson;  He also made his first appearance in a television show in the one and only 1951 episode of The Amazing Mr. Malone starring Raymond Burr, Fred Clark, Gene Raymond, and Wright King; When I Grow Up co-starring Bobby Driscoll, Robert Preston, Martha Scott, and Elisabeth Fraser; Appointment with Danger co-starring Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Jack Webb, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling, and Stacy Harris; The Highwayman co-starring Philip Friend, Charles Coburn, Victor Jory, Virginia Huston, Wanda Hendrix, and Cecil Kellaway; The Well co-starring Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Margaret Wells, Maidie Norman, and George Hamilton; and The Blue Veil co-starring Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Agnes Moorehead, Natalie Wood, Joan Blondell, Vivian Vance, and Richard Carlson.


Morgan starred in Boots Malone with William Holden, Stanley Clements, Ed Begley, Anthony Caruso, Annie Lee, and Basil Ruysdael; Scandal Sheet starring John Derek, Donna Reed, Henry O'Neill, Broderick Crawford, and Rosemary DeCamp; Bend of the River co-starring James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Arthur Kennedy, and Lori Nelson; My Six Convicts  co-starring Millard Mitchell, Gilbert Roland, Charles Bronson, Marshall Thompson, and John Beal; High Noon co-starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Lon Chaney Jr., Sheb Wooley, Lee Van Cleef, Robert J. Wilke, and Otto Kruger; What Price Glory co-starring James Cagney, Corinne Calvet, Robert Wagner, and Dan Dailey; Big Jim McLain co-starring John Wayne, Nancy Olson and James Arness; Apache War Smoke co-starring Gilbert Roland, Glenda Farrell, Gene Lockhart, Robert Horton, Barbara Ruick, and Robert Blake; Toughest Man in Arizona co-starring Vaughn Monroe, Joan Leslie, Jean Parker, Victor Jory, and Edgar Buchanan; the TV show The Doctor starring Warner Anderson; and Stop, You're Killing Me co-starring Broderick Crawford, Claire Trevor, Virginia Gibson, Howard St. John, Margaret Dumont, and Sheldon Leonard.

Harry Morgan in High Noon 1952


Harry starred in Thunder Bay with James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Marcia Henderson, and Gilbert Roland; Arena co-starring Gig Young, Jean Hagen, Lee Van Cleef, Barbara Lawrence, and Polly Bergen; Champ for a Day co-starring Alex Nicol, Audrey Totter, Joseph Wiseman,  Charles Winninger, and Hope Emerson; Cavalcade of America co-starring Robert Cornthwaite, Kenny Delmar and Robert Easton; and Torch Song co-starring Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Dorothy Patrick, Gig Young, and Marjorie Rambeau.


Harry starred in The Glenn Miller Story co-starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Kathleen Lockhart, and Charles Drake; Prisoner of War co-starring Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin, Paul Stewart, Robert Horton, and Oskar Homolka; The Forty-Niners co-starring Bill Elliott, Virginia Grey, and John Doucette; About Mrs. Leslie co-starring Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan, Marjie Millar, Ellen Corby, Alex Nicol, and Sammy White; The Far Country co-starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Walter Brennan, Jack Elam, and Corinne Calvet; and  two episodes of The Lone Wolf starring Louis Hayward. 

James Stewart and Harry Morgan in The Glenn Miller Story 1954

It was in 1954 that Harry Morgan landed the role of Pete Porter in the television series December Bride.  He co-starred with Spring Byington (Lily Ruskin), Frances Rafferty (Ruth Henshaw), Dean Miller (Matt Henshaw), and Verna Felton (Hilda Crocker). Harry played the role of Pete Porter for six years until the show ended in 1959.

Spring Byington, Harry Morgan and Verna Felton cast of December Bride


During his stint on December Bride, Morgan also starred in Strategic Air Command co-starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Barry Sullivan, Rosemary DeCamp, and Frank Lovejoy; Not as a Stranger co-starring Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Broderick Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Lon Chaney Jr., Lee Marvin, and Gloria Grahame; and Pete Kelly's Blues co-starring Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Jayne Mansfield, Peggy Lee, and Andy Devine.


Morgan starred in The Bottom of the Bottle co-starring Van Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Jim Davis, Margaret Hayes, Ruth Roman, Brad Dexter, and Jack Carson; Backlash co-starring Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell, Robert J. Wilke, and John McIntire; Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers co-starring Tom Towers, Robert Phillips, Bert Freed, and Nicholas Mariana; Cavalcade of America co-starring Larry J. Blake, George Chandler and Anthony Jochim; Star in the Dust co-starring John Agar, Mamie Van Doren and Richard Boone; and The Teahouse of the August Moon co-starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert, Paul Ford, Machiko Kyôv, and Nijiko Kiyokawa.


Morgan starred in Under Fire co-starring Rex Reason, Peter Walker, Jon Locke, Steve Brodie, and Robert Levin.

After his run on December Bride, Morgan continued his role of Pete Porter on a different new show Pete and Gladys.  He co-starred with Cara Williams who played the role of Gladys Porter, Pete's wife who never appeared in December Bride.  Harry starred in this show until it ended in 1962.

Cara Williams and Harry Morgan stars of the TV show Pete and Gladys


Harry appeared in the show Have Gun - Will Travel starring Richard Boone with Harry Bartell, Joel Ashley, and Natalie Norwick.


During his three year run on Pete and Gladys, Morgan also starred in It Started with a Kiss co-starring Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Eva Gabor, Edgar Buchanan, Fred Clark, and Gustavo Rojo; and Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Barbara Baxley and Jackie Coogan.


Harry starred in Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy, Dick York, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Noah Beery Jr., Norman Fell, Claude Akins, Donna Anderson, and Dick York; The Mountain Road co-starring James Stewart, Lisa Lu, James Best, Glenn Corbett, Frank Silvera, and Eddie Firestone; and Cimarron co-starring Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Vic Morrow, Mercedes McCambridge, Arthur O'Connell, Russ Tamblyn, Edgar Buchanan, and Mary Wikes.


After Pete and Gladys, Morgan made mostly TV show appearances for a while with a few films in between.  He appeared in Ensign O'Toole starring Dean Jones, Jack Albertson, Beau Bridges, Harvey Lembeck, and Jay C. Flippen; How the West Was Won co-starring James Stewart, Carroll Baker, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Carolyn Jones, Eli Wallach, Walter Brennan, and Richard Widmark; Going My Way starring Gene Kelly, Nydia Westman, Leo G. Carroll and Dick York; The Untouchables starring Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Paul Picerni, Nicholas Georgiade, and Steve London;


Harry appeared in the show Have Gun - Will Travel starring Richard Boone with Peggy Rea, Pitt Herbert, and Robert J. Wilke; The Virginian starring James Drury, Lee J. Cobb and Doug McClure, Roberta Shore, and Gary Clarke; The Wall to Wall War co-starring June Harding, Warren Stevens, and Guy Stockwell.

Morgan appeared in fifteen episodes of The Richard Boone Show playing various roles from 1963 to 1964, but repeatedly played the role of Senator Clements.  He co-starred with Richard Boone (Judge), Warren Stevens (James O'Brien), Bethel Leslie (Maggie Clements ), Guy Stockwell (Copilot), Ford Rainey (Jacob Osserman), and Robert Blake (Frankie).


After the Richard Boone Show, Morgan played the repeating role of Seldom Jackson on the show Kentucky Jones starring Dennis Weaver (Kentucky Jones) and Ricky Der ('Ike' Wong).  Harry played the role for seven episodes through 1965.  Also that year he starred in the film John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! with Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov, Jim Backus, and Richard Crenna


Morgan starred in The Wackiest Ship in the Army with Jack Warden, Gary Collins and Mark Slade; and made several appearances on the show Dr. Kildare starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey.


Morgan starred in the film Frankie and Johnny with Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Nancy Kovack, and Sue Ane Langdon; and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? co-starring James Coburn, Dick Shawn, Carroll O'Connor, Sergio Fantoni, Giovanna Ralli, and Aldo Ray.


Morgan starred in The Flim-Flam Man with George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Jack Albertson, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens, Alice Ghostley, and Albert Salmi.

Morgan landed the role of Detective Bill Gannon in the show Dragnet (1967) which was the 2nd installment of the original show that originally ran in the 1950s.  Morgan co-starred with Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday) as well as a cast of many other regulars.

Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday) and Harry Morgan (Detective Bill Gannon) stars of the 2nd installment of the TV Crime show Dragnet 1967


Harry also starred in The television movie Dragnet (1966) was filmed before the show in 1966, but was aired in 1969 two years after the 2nd installment of the TV show began to air.

Also in '69, Morgan starred in the film Support Your Local Sheriff! with James Garner, Joan Hackett, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, and Walter Brennan.  Harry also starred in the film Viva Max with Peter Ustinov, Pamela Tiffin, Keenan Wynn, Jonathan Winters, Kenneth Mars, John Astin, and Alice Ghostley.


After Morgan was appearing in his last episodes of Dragnet, he appeared in Love, American Style with Art Lewis, Keenan Wynn, James Millhollin, and Barbara Rush; But I Don't Want to Get Married! co-starring Shirley Jones, Herschel Bernardi, June Lockhart, Nanette Fabray, Joyce Van Patten, Jerry Paris, Sue Lyon, and Tina Louise; Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis; and The Partridge Family starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Dave Madden, Suzanne Crough, and Brian Forster.


Harry starred in The Feminist and the Fuzz with Barbara Eden, David Hartman,
Farrah Fawcett, Herb Edelman, Jo Anne Worley, Penny Marshall, and Julie Newmar; The Barefoot Executive co-starring Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, John Ritter, Hayden Rorke, Wally Cox, Heather North, and Jack Bender; Support Your Local Gunfighter co-starring James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, and Joan Blondell; Scandalous John co-starring Brian Keith, Alfonso Arau, Rick Lenz, Michele Carey, John Ritter, Simon Oakland, Bruce Glover, and Richard Hale; Cat Ballou co-starring Jo Ann Harris, Forrest Tucker, Lee Joe Casey, Jay Silverheels, and Bryan Montgomery; Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You Peter Lawford co-starring Stefanie Powers, E.G. Marshall, Morgan Sterne, William Lucking, and Skye Aubrey; and 2 episodes of The D.A. starring Robert Conrad and Victor Izay.


Morgan appeared in Rod Serling's Night Gallery with Sondra Locke, Kim Hunter, Stuart Whitman, Randy Quaid, Jack Aranson, and Norman Lloyd; The Partridge Family starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Dave Madden, Suzanne Crough, and Brian Forster.

Harry began playing the recurring role of Doc Amos Coogan on the TV show Hec Ramsey.  He co-starred with Richard Boone (Hec Ramsey), Rick Lenz (Police Chief Oliver Stamp), and Dennis Rucker (Constable Tornquist).  Morgan appeared in 8 episodes of the show until it ended in 1974.

Richard Boone (Hec Ramsey) and Harry Morgan (Doc Amos Coogan) in the TV show Hec Ramsey

While he was acting on Hec Ramsey, Morgan also starred in Snowball Express with Dean Jones, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, George Lindsey, Mary Wickes, Johnny Whitaker, Kathleen Cody, and Dick Van Patten; Charley and the Angel co-starring Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Kathleen Cody, Kurt Russell, George Lindsey, and Vincent Van Patten; and Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis.


Morgan appeared in Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis.  Morgan made his first appearance on the show
M*A*S*H guest starring in the role of General Bartford Hamilton Steele.  A year later he would return in a big way.

Harry Morgan made his first appearance as a guest star on the TV show M*A*S*H as General Steele in 1974


Harry starred in the film The Last Day with Richard Widmark, Barbara Rush,
Loretta Swit, Robert Conrad, Tim Matheson, Kathleen Cody, Richard Jaeckel, and Tom Skerritt; Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis; The Apple Dumpling Gang co-starring Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Slim Pickens, and Don Knight.

Harry Morgan in The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975

It was in 1975 that Morgan landed a full-time role on
M*A*S*H as Colonel Sherman T. Potter.  He was McLean Stevenson's replacement as his character, Henry Blake exited the show.  Morgan co-starred with Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce), Loretta Swit ("Hot Lips" Houlihan, Gary Burghoff("Radar" O'Reilly),  Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger), David Ogden Stiers (Charles Winchester), Mike Farrell (B. J. Hunnicut), William Christopher (Father Mulcahy), Larry Linville (Frank Burns), and Kellye Nakahara (Nurse Kellye Yamato).  Harry's character, Colonel Potter often spoke of his wife Mildred and handled a picture of her that he had on his desk.  This picture was in fact his real life wife Eileen Detchon who passed away a couple of years after M*A*S*H went off the air.

Harry Morgan in his first year of playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the TV show M*A*S*H

Some of the cast members of the TV show M*A*S*H in the later years. Seated: Alan Alda  ("Hawkeye" Pierce) standing font: Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicut), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), Loretta Swit (Margaret "Hot Lips" Huolihan), David Ogden Stiers (Major Charles Winchester)  Standing rear: William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Klinger)


During his run on
M*A*S*H, Morgan also starred in The Shootist with John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart, Ron Howard, John Carradine, Sheree North, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Scatman Crothers, and Rick Lenz.


Morgan starred in Exo-Man with David Ackroyd, Anne Schedeen, José Ferrer, Donald Moffat, and A Martinez; and The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa co-starring Michael Burns, Dick Blasucci, Loni Anderson, Jane Connell, Tom Poston, Susan Blanchard, Conrad Janis, and Susan Sullivan.


Harry starred in Maneaters Are Loose! with Tom Skerritt, Dabney Coleman, Steve Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Susan Adams, and Joshua Bryant; Murder at the Mardi Gras co-starring Barbi Benton, James Borders, Didi Conn, Bill Daily, and David Dahlgren; The Bastard co-starring Andrew Stevens, Tom Bosley, Olivia Hussey, Lorne Greene, Patricia Neal, Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen, William Shatner, Noah Beery Jr., and Donald Pleasence; Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid starring Suzanne Pleshette, Deborah Romare, Tony Randall, Burgess Meredith, Buck Taylor, David Huddleston, and Don Meredith;
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan; and The Cat from Outer Space co-starring Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson, Alan Young, Ronnie Schell, and Jesse White.


Morgan starred in Roots: The Next Generations co-starring Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo, Irene Cara, Stan Shaw, Henry Fonda, Marc Singer, Olivia de Havilland, Richard Thomas, and Ruby Dee; and Backstairs at the White House co-starring Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Lee Grant, Louis Gossett Jr., David Downing, Celeste Holm, George Kennedy, Leslie Nielsen, Estelle Parsons, Barbara Barrie, and Jan Sterling; The Wild Wild West Revisited co-starring Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Wilford Brimley, Jo Ann Harris, Rene Auberjonois, and Paul Williams; You Can't Take It with You co-starring Jean Stapleton, Barry Bostwick, Polly Holliday, Blythe Danner, Kenneth Mars, Marla Gibbs, Howard Hesseman, Tim Reid, Joyce Van Patten, and Eugene Roche; The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again co-starring Tim Conway,
Don Knotts, Robert Pine, Tim Matheson, Jack Elam, Kenneth Mars, Elyssa Davalos, and Ruth Buzzi; and Better Late Than Never co-starring Harold Gould, Strother Martin, Victor Buono, Tyne Daly, Donald Pleasence, Marjorie Bennett, and Larry Storch.


Morgan started off the 80s starring in Roughnecks with Ana Alicia, Wilford Brimley, Vera Miles, Cathy Lee Crosby, Steve Forrest, A Martinez, and Sam Melville; Scout's Honor co-starring Gary Coleman, Katherine Helmond, Pat O'Brien, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Angela Cartwright, and Jay North; and More Wild Wild West co-starring Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Jonathan Winters, Randi Brough, Candi Brough, Rene Auberjonois, Liz Torres, Emma Samms, and Victor Buono.


Harry starred in Rivkin: Bounty Hunter co-starring Harry Bellaver, Verna Bloom, John Getz, and Steve Dash; and
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan.


Morgan did some voice acting in The Flight of Dragons with Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Larry Storch, and
John Ritter.
Harry Morgan in his last year of M*A*S*H


M*A*S*H ended, Morgan continued his role as Dr. Sherman T. Potter in the attempted spinoff about a few of the character's lives after the Korean War called After M*A*S*H.  He co-starred with Jamie Farr (Max Klinger), Barbara Townsend (Mildred Potter), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Rosalind Chao (Soon-Lee Klinger), John Chappell (Michael D'Angelo), Brandis Kemp (Alma Cox), and Patrick Cranshaw (Bob Scannell).  After M*A*S*H was not quite as successful as the original show and ended in 1984.  Harry also starred in Sparkling Cyanide with Anthony Andrews, Deborah Raffin, Pamela Bellwood, Josef Sommer, and Nancy Marchand.

Some of the cast of After M*A*S*H  Front: William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Rosalind Chao (Soon-Lee Klinger)  Back: Harry Morgan (Dr. Sherman T. Potter), and Jamie Farr (Max Klinger)


Harry Morgan's career finally began to slow a bit as he made a couple of appearances on
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan.


Morgan starred in three episodes of an attempted series called Blacke's Magic as Leonard Blacke.  He co-starred with Hal Linden (Alexander Blacke), R.J. Adams (Art Baer), and Mark Shera (Lt. Ted Byrnes). 


Harry appeared in an episode of Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury.  Morgan resurrected his role as Bill Gannon only this time as Captain Gannon in the film version of Dragnet co-starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Alexandra Paul, Christopher Plummer, Dabney Coleman, Jack O'Halloran, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Harry Morgan as Captain Bill Gannon in the 1987 film Dragnet

Morgan began a short run playing the role of Martin Vanderhof  on the show revival of the film You Can't Take It with You co-starring Lois Nettleton (Penny Vanderhof Sycamore), Heather Blodgett (Essie Sycamore), Richard Sanders (Paul Sycamore), Lisa Aliff (Alice Sycamore), and Teddy Wilson (Durwood M. Pinner).  The show only lasted three episodes and ended in 1988.


Morgan starred in 14 Going on 30 with Steven Eckholdt, Daphne Ashbrook, Adam Carl,
Patrick Duffy, Alan Thicke, Gabriel Olds, Dick Van Patten, Loretta Swit, and Irene Tedrow; and an episode of The Twilight Zone with Cedric Smith, Eve Crawford, and Barbara Chilcott.


After a year hiatus, Morgan returned starring in first of a three part film series as Judge Stoddard Bell in The Incident co-starring Walter Matthau, Susan Blakely, Barnard Hughes, Robert Carradine, William Schallert, Peter Firth, and Ariana Richards.


Morgan starred in Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore with Walter Matthau, Ariana Richards, Susan Blakely, and Brian Kerwin.


Harry starred in Incident in a Small Town with Walter Matthau, Stephanie Zimbalist, Nick Stahl, Lori Hallier, David Nerman, and Eve Crawford; and Renegade starring Lorenzo Lamas, Branscombe Richmond, and Kathleen Kinmont.


Morgan appeared in The Jeff Foxworthy Show starring Jeff Foxworthy, Haley Joel Osment, Anita Barone, Ann Cusack, and G.W. Bailey; he did voice work on The Simpsons with Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Julie Kavner.


Harry appeared in Grace Under Fire starring Brett Butler, Casey Sander, Kaitlin Cullum, Peggy Rea, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Nancy Lenehan, and Julie White; and Morgan appeared as Professor Suter on several episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun co-starring John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, French Stewart, and Kristen Johnston.


Morgan starred in another episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun; and he starred in the film Family Plan with Leslie Nielsen, Judge Reinhold, Emily Procter, Trevor Morgan, Eddie Bowz, and Zachary Browne.

1999 was Henry Morgan's last active year of acting.  He appeared in Love & Money starring Brian Doyle-Murray, John Livingston, Judy Greer,
David Ogden Stiers, Swoosie Kurtz, Paget Brewster, Brian Van Holt, and Derek Basco.  His last acting appearance was in the short film Crosswalk starring Jonathan Scarfe, Joe Stevens, Leslie Martin, Mary Dixie Carter, Lisa Marie Newmyer, Randy Stripling, Bill Johnson, and Shepherd Bailey.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cast of Happy Days

It was early 1974 that we followed the adventures of the character Richie Cunningham, his friends and family in the family comedy Happy Days.

Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), and Don Most (Ralph Malph) of the TV Show Happy Days

Ron Howard played the role of Richie and he co-starred with Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Donny Most (Ralph Malph), Henry Winkler (Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio), and Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola).

As the character of "The Fonze" played by Henry Winkler became the main focus of the show, Ron Howard and Donny Most left the show after six years in 1980 to persue other roles and interests.  Most and Howard would be replaced by Ted McGinley and Cathy Silvers  as different characters.

Howard and Most returned later in 1983 and 1984 for a few more episodes during the final season of the show. 

Cast of Happy Days in the early years - Front: Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) 2nd row:  Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie') Back: Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), and Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio)
Happy Days cast members Scott Baio, Cathy Silvers, Al Molinaro, Henry Winkler, Erin Moran, Lynda Goodfriend, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, and Ted McGinley

The regular cast members of Happy Days:

Ron Howard        Richie Cunningham
Anson Williams         Potsie Weber
Donny Most         Ralph Malph
Henry Winkler         Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli
Marion Ross         Marion Cunningham
Tom Bosley        Howard Cunningham
Erin Moran         Joanie Cunningham
Al Molinaro        Al Delvecchio
Scott Baio         Chachi Arcola
Ted McGinley        Roger Phillips
Cathy Silvers        Jenny Picalo
Lynda Goodfriend     Lori Beth
"Arnold" Takahashi    Pat Morita

Front: Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham),  Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham)  Back: Ted McGinley (Roger Phillips), Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth), Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Henry Winkler ('The Fonze' Arthur Fonzarelli), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio), Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo), and Anson Williams (Potsie Weber) of the TV show Happy Days in the 80s era

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Richie Cunningham from the TV show Happy Days played by Ron Howard

Ronald William Howard was born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma.  His acting influence was immediate as his mother Jean and his father Rance, were both actors. Ron is most famous for playing the role of Richie Cunningham in the TV comedy Happy Days during the 1970s and the role of Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show during the 1960s.  He has been around for a while however, as he also played the role of Stewart in Dennis the Menace in the late 1950s.  Many consider Howard  to be one of the most successful child actors of all time.

Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham in the TV show Happy Days

Howard's film debut came in 1956 at a year and a half of age when he made an uncredited appearance in Frontier Woman starring Cindy Carson, Lance Fuller, Ann Kelly, James Clayton, and his father, Rance Howard.

In 1959 Ron had a big year, Howard made his first real credited film debut playing Billy Rhinelander in The Journey co-starring Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Kurt Kasznar, Jason Robards, E.G. Marshall, Robert Morley, and Anne Jackson.

Also in 1959, Ron Howard made his first Tv show appearance in an episode of Five Fingers starring David Hedison, Luciana Paluzzi, Eva Gabor, and Paul Burke.

Ron Howard in his younger days

To top off 1959, Howard landed his first regular role in a television series playing the role of Stewart in the show Dennis the Menace.  He co-starred with Jay North (Dennis Mitchell), Herbert Anderson (Henry Mitchell), Gloria Henry (Alice Mitchell), Billy Booth (Tommy), Joseph Kearns (Mr. Wilson), and Sylvia Field (Martha Wilson).  Howard played the role of Stewart until 1960 when he left the show.

During his stint on Dennis the Menace, Ron also made appearances in shows such as Johnny Ringo starring Don Durant, Mark Goddard, Robert Gist, and William Schallert (1959); Twilight Zone starring Rod Serling, Gig Young, Irene Tedrow, and Frank Overton (1959); The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis starring Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, and Florida Friebus (1959); The Danny Thomas Show starring Danny Thomas, Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hamer, Angela Cartwright, Andy Griffith, and Rance Howard (1960); and The Red Skelton Hour starring Red Skelton (1960).

After Dennis the Menace, Howard immediately began playing the role of Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show.  He co-starred with Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor); Don Knotts (Deputy Barney Fife); and Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor).  The were also occasional appearances on the show by Ron's brother Clint Howard. Ron played the role of Opie for two years until the show ended in 1968.

Don Knotts, Ron Howard, and Andy Griffith of The Andy Griffith Show

During his run on The Andy Griffith Show, Howard made many appearances on other television shows such as Cheyenne starring Clint Walker and Clyde Howdy (1960); Pete and Gladys starring Harry Morgan, Cara Williams and Verna Felton (1960); The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis starring Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, and Florida Friebus (3 episodes, 1960-61); Five Minutes to Live starring Johnny Cash, Donald Woods, Vic Tayback, and Cay Forrester (1961); The New Breed starring Leslie Nielsen (1962); and Route 66 starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and Glenn Corbett (1962).

Front: Andy Griffith, Don Knotts  Back: Ron Howard, Jim Neighbors of The Andy Griffith Show

Howard appeared in the films The Music Man co-starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Susan Luckey, Hermione Gingold, Mary Wickes, and Charles Lane (1962); and the role of Eddie in The Courtship of Eddie's Father co-starring Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Dina Merrill, Stella Stevens, Jerry Van Dyke, and Roberta Sherwood (1963).

Ron Howard in the film Music Man 1962
Shirley Jones, Ron Howard and Glenn Ford starred in The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963

Ron would appear in more films and shows such as The Eleventh Hour starring Jack Ging, Wendell Corey and Ralph Bellamy (1963); The Great Adventure starring Eddie Little Sky, Kent Smith, Van Heflin, Ricardo Montalban, Carroll O'Connor, Marion Ross, James MacArthur, Peter Graves, Joseph Cotten, Anthony Caruso, Claude Akins, and Noah Beery Jr. (1964); Dr. Kildare starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey (1964); The Fugitive (David Janssen, William Conrad and Barry Morse (1964); Village of the Giants co-starring Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford, Beau Bridges, and Joe Turkel (1965); The Big Valley starring Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans, and Barbara Stanwyck (1965); Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. starring Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton and Ronnie Schell (1966); I Spy starring Robert Culp, Bill Cosby and Kenneth Tobey (1966); Gentle Ben starring Dennis Weaver, Clint Howard and Beth Brickell (1969);and The Monroes starring Michael Anderson Jr., Barbara Hershey, Kevin Schultz, Keith Schultz , Tammy Locke, and Ron Soble (1967).

After The Andy Griffith Show, Howard would go on to appear in Mayberry R.F.D. starring Ken Berry, George Lindsey, Arlene Golonka, and Jack Dodson (1968); The F.B.I. starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott and Marvin Miller (1968); Lancer starring James Stacy, Wayne Maunder, Andrew Duggan, and Elizabeth Baur (2 episodes, 1968-69); Judd for the Defense (1969); Land of the Giants  starring
Gary Conway, Don Matheson, Stefan Arngrim, and Kurt Kasznar  (1969);  Daniel Boone starring Fess Parker, Patricia Blair and Darby Hinton (1969); Gentle Ben starring Dennis Weaver, Clint Howard and Beth Brickell (1969); and Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, and Dennis Weaver (1969).

Ron Howard guest starred on Gunsmoke with James Arness in 1969

Howard started off the 1970s appearing in Headmaster starring Andy Griffith, Jerry Van Dyke and Claudette Nevins (1970); Lassie starring Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, and Hugh Reilly (1970); and The Wild Country co-starring Steve Forrest, Vera Miles, Clint Howard, Jack Elam, and Dub Taylor (1970).

In 1971, Howard landed another series role as Bob Smith in The Smith Family.  He co-starred with Henry Fonda (Detective Chad Smith), Janet Blair (Betty Smith), Darleen Carr (Cindy Smith), Michael-James Wixted (Brian Smith), and John Carter (Sgt. Ray Martin).  Ron played the role of Bob Smith for two years until the show ended in 1972.

The cast of The Smith Family

Ron also starred in Love, American Style starring John Astin, Carl Ballantine, Jackie Coogan, Nellie Burt, Harold Gould, and Kenneth Mars (1972); and The Bold Ones: The New Doctors starring David Hartman, E.G. Marshall and John Saxon (1972); 

After The Smith Family, Howard went on to appear in Bonanza
starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, and Dan Blocker (1972); M*A*S*H with Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, William Christopher, Larry Linville, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, and Kellye Nakahara (1973); American Graffiti co-starring Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Suzanne Summers, and Wolfman Jack (1973); Run Stranger Run aka Happy Mother's Day, Love George co-starring Patricia Neal, Cloris Leachman, Tessa Dahl, and Bobby Darin (1973); and The Waltons starring Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Ellen Corby, Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton-Taylor, David W. Harper, Kami Cotler, Joe Conley, Ronnie Claire Edwards, and Peggy Rea with Rance Howard (1974).

Ron Howard, Cindy Williams and Paul Le Mat in American Graffiti 1973

It was In the beginning of 1974 that Howard landed the role of Richie Cunningham in the TV show Happy Days.  He co-starred with
Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley, Erin MoranDonny Most, Anson Williams, Al Molinaro, and Scott Baio.  Ron played the role of Richie Cunningham for six years until he left the show in 1980 along with Donny Most.  He returned later in 1983 and 1984 for a few more episodes during the final season of the show.

Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie') and Donny Most (Ralph Malph) of Happy Days

During his run on Happy Days, Howard also appeared in The Migrants co-starring Cloris Leachman, Sissy Spacek, Cindy Williams, Lisa Lucas, David Clennon, and Ed Lauter (1974); The Spikes Gang co-starring Lee Marvin, Gary Grimes, Noah Beery Jr., Charles Martin Smith, and Arthur Hunnicutt (1974); and Locusts co-starring Ben Johnson, Katherine Helmond, Rance Howard, Lisa Gerritsen, and Belinda Balaski (1974).

In 1975, Howard starred in Huckleberry Finn co-starring
Don Most, Royal Dano, Jack Elam, Antonio Fargas, Rance Howard, Clint Howard, Sarah Selby, Dee Carroll, and Merle Haggard (1975); He went on to star in Eat My Dust with Christopher Norris, Clint Howard, Brad David, Dave Madden, Rance Howard, and Kathy O'Dare (1976); The Shootist co-starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart, Sheree North, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Richard Boone, and Hugh O'Brian (1976); Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, David L. Lander, Phil Foster, and Eddie Mekka (1976); and I'm a Fool co-starring Amy Irving and Otis Calef (1977).

Ron Howard and John Wayne in The Shootist 1976

In 1977, Howard wrote, directed, and starred in Grand Theft Auto.  He co-starred with Nancy Morgan, Rance Howard, Elizabeth Rogers, Barry Cahill, Marion Ross, Clint Howard, Ken Lerner, Paul Linke, and Don Steele.  Although this was his first major directing effort, his first experience was back in 1969 with a short film called Old Paint.  He also directed the film Cotton Candy starring Charles Martin Smith, Clint Howard, Joan Crosby, Kevin Lee Miller, Rance Howard, Dean Scofield, and Leslie King in 1978.

Ron Howard and Nancy Morgan in Grand Theft Auto 1977.  Howard also wrote and directed this film.

Howard went on to star in More American Graffiti with Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, and Richard Bradford (1979); Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, David L. Lander, Phil Foster, and Eddie Mekka (1979); Act of Love co-starring Robert Foxworth, Jacqueline Brookes, Mickey Rourke, David Spielberg, Sondra West, Gail Youngs, and Peter Michael Goetz (1980).

Cast of Happy Days in the early years - Front: Scott Baio (Chachi Arcola), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) 2nd row:  Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli aka 'Fonzie') Back: Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), and Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio)

After Happy Days, Howard, although he still did some acting, began to focus his efforts on producing and directing mostly. Many of his works include family members and former acting co-stars.

Howard's credits include but are not limited to: director of Skyward starring Bette Davis, Howard Hesseman, Lisa Whelchel, Marion Ross, Clu Gulager, and Rance Howard (1980); executive producer of Leo and Loree starring
Don Most, Linda Purl, David Huffman, Allan Rich, and Jerry Paris (1980); voice acting in The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang starring Henry Winkler, Don Most, Didi Conn, Kenneth Mars, and Frank Welker (1980); acted in Bitter Harvest co-starring Art Carney and Tarah Nutter (1981); director and producer of Through the Magic Pyramid starring Chris Barnes, Hans Conried, Vic Tayback, and Jo Anne Worley (1981);

Ron was Director of Night Shift starring Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, Clint Howard, Gina Hecht, and Pat Corley (1982); executive producer and director of Little Shots starring Kevin Berlat, Erin Nicole Brown, Soleil Moon Frye, Jeff Cohen, and Jennifer Edwards (1983); executive producer of When Your Lover Leaves starring Valerie Perrine, Betty Thomas, Jack Riley, David Ackroyd, Ed O'Neill, Dwight Schultz, and Richard Hamilton (1983);

Director of Splash starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Bobby Di Cicco, and Dody Goodman (1984); executive producer of all 3 episodes of the TV show Maximum Security starring Robert Desiderio, Geoffrey Lewis, Stan Shaw, and Jean Smart (1984-85); Ron was director of Cocoon starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Steve Guttenberg, Brian Dennehy, Hume Cronyn, Maureen Stapleton, Clint Howard, Linda Harrison, Jessica Tandy, and Jack Gilford (1985); and he was executive producer of Into Thin Air starring Ellen Burstyn, Robert Prosky, Sam Robards, Tate Donovan, and Patricia Smith (1985);

In 1986, Howard resurrected his childhood role of Opie Taylor
only this time as an adult in Return to Mayberry.  He co-starred with Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors, George Lindsey, Denver Pyle, Aneta Corsaut, Betty Lynn, and Jack Dodson.

Return to Mayberry cast: Don Knotts, Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Jim Neighbors and George Lindsey

Howard would go on to rack up such credits as director of Gung Ho starring Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro, Sô Yamamura, Clint Howard, Rick Overton, and Rance Howard (1986);

Ron directed Backdraft starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Donald Sutherland, and Rebecca De Mornay (1991); director of Far and Away starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Thomas Gibson (1992); directed Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks,
Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, and Gary Sinise (1995); director of Ransom starring Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Lili Taylor, and Delroy Lindo (1996); and director of Edtv starring Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Martin Landau, Sally Kirkland, Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Hurley, Dennis Hopper, Clint Howard, and Rob Reiner (1999).