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Ron Howard ready for TV Hall of Fame induction
Ron Howard will be among the broadcasting legends honored tonight by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a Los Angeles gala.
The Academy Award-winning director, who turned 59 March 1, kicked off his showbiz career in 1960, when he played young Opie Taylor on CBS' "The Andy Griffith Show." Although many child stars can struggle to find their way on and off the screen as they grow up, the Armonk homeowner has thrived as an actor ("Happy Days"), a movie director and producer (including "Frost/Nixon," "Apollo 13" and his Oscar-winning directorial work for "A Beautiful Mind") and a cult-comedy narrator ("Arrested Development," which returns for its final season this May via Netflix).
Howard's "Arrested Development" colleague Will Arnett will present Howard with the honor at tonight's ceremony.
As of early Monday afternoon, Howard hadn't tweeted anything about the event, but he did take to Twitter to express his feelings via an emoticon.
Scarsdale High School graduate Aaron Sorkin — himself an Oscar winner for adapting the screenplay for "The Social Network" — also will serve as a presenter, offering the posthumous induction of inventor and television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth.
Kaley Cuoco, star of "The Big Bang Theory," will host the gala that also will induct sports broadcaster Al Michaels, CBS executive Leslie Moonves, journalist Bob Schieffer and "Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf. Proceeds from the Hall of Fame event will benefit the academy's foundation for the Archive of American Television.
The Beverly Hilton Hotel will host the ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. California time. Although no TV network is broadcasting the event, highlights are expected be posted to the Emmys.tv website soon after the ceremony.