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Why Did Ron Howard Leave ‘Happy Days’ 40 Years Ago?

There are some tv exhibits that turn into hits nearly as rapidly as they hit the air. The right combination of characters, casting, and storyline all make viewers maintain coming again episode after episode. These exhibits turn into common, staying on air for a very long time and that falls into jeopardy when one of many forged members depart.

Why did Richie Cunningham, aka Ron Howard, depart ‘Blissful Days’?

Ron Howard was already a recognized identify when he joined the Blissful Days forged in 1974. He first rose to fame as a baby actor by enjoying Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor, within the sitcom The Andy Griffith Present in 1960. He was part of that present for eight years earlier than it went off air, so followers had been thrilled to see him be part of a brand new present.

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And the present took off! Following a household who dwell in Milwaukee, Wis., teenager Richie Cunningham, performed by Ron Howard, was the main focus of the present. His dad, Howard (Tom Bosley), owned a ironmongery store and his mother, Marion (Marion Ross), was a homemaker, one thing tremendous conventional on the time.

Additionally included within the present was his youthful sister, Joanie (Erin Moran), and his older brother Chuck (Gavan O’Herlihy) — although he wasn’t within the present very lengthy. In fact, his greatest buddy, Fonzie (Henry Winkler), was featured as properly. 

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The sooner seasons centered totally on Richie and his associates, however the viewers actually liked Fonzie so extra storylines had been added to permit him to be on display extra — and executives nearly modified the identify of the present totally. This nearly resulted in Ron leaving the present at the moment. Years later he instructed Leisure Tonight about their potential change.

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“They did come to me and stated, ‘Properly the community would type of like to vary the identify of the present to Fonzie’s Blissful Days.’ And I stated, ‘Properly, I do not suppose I wanna be in that present. I wanna be in Blissful Days and I believe Henry ought to have, you already know, each alternative to do the whole lot — that is improbable — however you already know, I signed on for this different factor and I simply actually do not wanna try this. I believe I would return to movie faculty,'” Ron defined to the publication in 2019.

“The one producer who wasn’t there was Garry Marshall,” he continued. “Actually, he was standing outdoors and he stated, ‘How’d that go in there?’ And I stated, ‘Properly, I do not wanna upset everyone and disappoint everyone, and I like Henry and I like the present, however I simply, I simply do not be ok with that.’ And he stated, ‘It isn’t gonna occur then.’ And that was that.”

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Executives finally determined to not go that path, and Richie was nonetheless a big focus of the present — till Ron Howard determined it was time to go away the present anyway.

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The tv present Blissful Days, which ran on ABC, was on the air for 11 seasons, however after Season 7, Ron Howard, aka Richie Cunningham, left the present in 1980. On the time, he was round 26 years outdated and determined it was time to place down his function of Richie so he might give attention to his directing profession. 

His curiosity on this path of leisure got here as he was engaged on Blissful Days the place he was additionally within the roles of director, producer, and author of the present.

His choice to go away to pursue directing labored out properly for him ultimately. He has since gone on to direct Splash, Willow, Backdraft, Parenthood, Apollo 13, A Stunning Thoughts, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and numerous extra.

His subsequent movie, Hillbilly Elegy, is due out on Netflix on Nov. 24.

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