Earlier this year, after Tatum O’Neal was arrested for trying to buy crack cocaine, I did a post called “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Child Stars.”
In that post, I mentioned that the only child star that I could think of whose life didn’t turn out to be a complete disaster was Ron Howard, who played Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and then Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.
Howard morphed into a superstar Hollywood director of such films as Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. His success as a director is partly due to his longstanding producing partnership with Ron Grazer.
Long-term alliances are a theme in Howard’s life. He’s still married to his high school sweetheart. Like Paul Newman, Howard chose to raise his family in Connecticut instead of Hollywood.
Earlier today, I was checking out Google Trends and discovered this video. Now, Yahoo! is featuring it as a news story.
Regardless of how you feel about the Presidential election, it’s a kick to see a middle-aged Howard, who is a Sun in Pisces with a Capricorn Moon, back in his old roles in an effort to urge people to vote for Barack Obama, the Democratic Presidential candidate. There are some interesting co-stars, too, but I don’t want to give everything away.
Here’s Howard’s chart, courtesy of AstroDataBank. I’ll comment on it later, but I’d love to hear what you think.