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A Look at One of our Best Director's Best Movies

September 30, 2013

It's almost a cliché that child stars are unhappy kids, controlled by abusive guardians and bosses, who grow up to be troubled adults, addicted and convicted, left penniless after their kiddie cuteness fades. You've got your Leif Garretts, your Mackenzie Phillipses, that little girl who played Princess on "Father's Knows Best."

There are tons of exceptions, of course. There's Shirley Temple Black, maybe the ultimate child star, who kept acting into middle age and then became a U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

But Ron Howard trumps even Shirley Temple as perhaps the most well-adjusted former child star ever. From his ineffably adorable early roles in "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Music Man," he made a smooth transition into adolescent roles in "American Graffiti" and on "Happy Days." Read More