Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard will tell their family story in a new memoir.
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Monday the publication of The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family, which is slated for an October release. In the upcoming memoir, the brothers will detail their family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.
“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,” the publisher’s statement reads.
“When our dad passed in 2017, Clint and I began reflecting upon our lives and realized that while our childhoods seemed normal, they were anything but,” Ron Howard said of the book. “Who grows up on a soundstage hanging out with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, or with a trained bear? And what are the ways that particular childhood forever informed the choices I would make as a husband, father and filmmaker? We’re excited to share the story of how our parents pulled this off — raising two show-business kids who had no clue that their lives were out of the ordinary while rooting them in a loving, slightly off-beat family.”
“Mom and dad‘s teachings are treasures to this day but I’ve realized that I took their presence for granted. Writing The Boys with my brother has been the topper of a wonderful lifetime,” said Clint Howard.
In their memoir, Ron Howard and his younger brother, Clint, will examine their childhoods in detail for the first time such as the success and bullying Ron experienced from playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. Meanwhile Clint, who starred on programs such as Gentle Ben and Star Trek, also writes about his adolescence and the tough consequences and lessons that he was confronted with.
Ron Howard’s daughter, actor-filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard, pens the book’s foreword. Executive editor Mauro DiPreta negotiated the deal with CAA.
“As Ron and Clint came of age in the ’60s and ’70s as actors, America grew up with them. More than an exploration of the cultural touchstones of their TV and film work, though, these pages also convey a profound sense of brotherhood and the importance of family, all told with a self-deprecating humor and candor that completely wins you over,” DiPreta said.
The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family will be released on Oct. 12.