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Clint Howard: Ron Howard's Prolific Character Actor Brother

Ron Howard, left, and Clint Howard attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Clint Howard's unique look, family ties and on-screen talent have made him one of America's most prominent character actors.

The younger brother of actor, writer and director Ron Howard was born in Burbank, California on April 20, 1959 to actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard.

By age 2, Clint appeared along with Opie on The Andy Griffith Show as Leon, a Western wear-clad toddler who never spoke and offered folks around Mayberry a bite of his sandwich.

By the end of the '60s, Clint had starred in CBS' The Baileys of Balboa (1964-'65) and Gentle Ben (1967-'69) and appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series as Balok (he'd go on to play different characters over the years on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Discovery). Additional '60s TV series of note from Clint's filmography are The Fugitive, Bonanza and The Virginian.

Young Clint also landed voice acting roles in Disney classics, as Roo in multiple Winnie the Pooh features and as Hathi Jr. in The Jungle Book.

Clint appeared in films involving Ron as early as 1963's The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Since then, Clint's appeared in numerous Hollywood films (Eat My Dust, Grand Theft Auto, Night Shift, Cocoon, Gung Ho, Backdraft, Cinderella Man, Apollo 13, EdTV) and TV shows (Happy Days, Arrested Development) starring, written, narrated or directed by Ron.

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He also appears as the lead in the cult slasher comedy The Ice Cream Man (other horror roles came in Evilspeak and one of the Halloween remakes) and as a recurring character in the Austin Powers films. Additional comedies featuring Clint include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rock 'n' Roll High School, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Adam Sandler's Little Nicky and The Waterboy.

Clint, an avid golfer, split from his wife Melanie in 2017 after 22 years of marriage.

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