Quiz: Ron Howard, King of Television

The top director appeared in myriad shows early in life.

August 14, 2012, 11:39 AM

Aug. 22, 2012— -- intro: Everyone knows Ron Howard was Richie Cunningham in "Happy Days," but did you know he was in "Lassie" and "The Twilight Zone," too?

Howard, who was reared in Tinseltown and whose father and brother were actors, grew up on the small screen. And, unlike so many other former television child stars, he not only emerged unscathed but became one of the most successful and well-liked director/producers in Hollywood.

Click through to take a quiz based on Howard's TV credits.

Watch the full story, including the interview with Ron Howard, on "Best in TV" Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. ET

quicklist: 1title: "The Andy Griffith Show"text: Which Opie-centric episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" did Ron Howard and Andy Griffith say was their favorite?

A. "Opie and the Spoiled Kid"

B. "Opie and His Merry Men"

C. "Opie the Birdman"

D. "Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain"

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quicklist: 2title: "Happy Days"text: In an interview with ABC News for "Best in TV," Ron Howard praised his "Happy Days" co-star Tom Bosley's "dry, Jack Benny timing." What was the name of Bosley's character?

A. Harvey Cunningham

B. Howard Cunningham

C. Harold Cunningham

D. Chachi Cunningham

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quicklist: 3title: "M*A*S*H"text: Ron Howard played an underage soldier on an episode of "M*A*S*H." He told ABC News the atmosphere on set, created by the actors and writers, was that "the show needed to be smart. And it was supposed to be funny, but it wasn't Sergeant Bilko. It wasn't broad."

Howard uses the 1950s show's main character, Sergeant Bilko, as the title, as the show was retitled in reruns. But its original title was different. What was it?

A. "The Phil Silvers Show"

B. "The Buster Keaton Show"

C. "The Milton Berle Show"

D. "The Danny Thomas Show"

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quicklist: 4title: "Lassie"text: In 1970 Ron Howard appeared on "Lassie" in the second part of a two-part episode titled "Here Comes Glory." Who or what did "Glory" in the title refer to?

A. A young girl

B. Another dog

C. A horse

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quicklist: 5title: "The Twilight Zone"text: Howard appeared in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" titled "Walking Distance." It is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed episodes of the cult classic show. Which young director called it his favorite episode of the show?

A. Darren Aronofsky, of "Pi"

B. David Fincher, of "Zodiac"

C. Jon Favreau, of "Iron Man"

D. JJ Abrams, of "Lost"

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quicklist: 6title: "The Red Skelton Show"text: Howard appeared in some sketches on "The Red Skelton Show" in which Skelton played which of his famous characters?

A. Deadeye

B. Freddie the Freeloader

C. Willie Lump-Lump

D. San Fernando Red

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quicklist: 7title: "Arrested Development"text: Ron Howard is an executive producer and the narrator of "Arrested Development," but he's not the only veteran actor involved in the acclaimed comedy series. What '80s TV sitcom actor-turned-movie star plays one of the lead roles in the show?

A. Michael J. Fox

B. Tom Hanks

C. Jason Bateman

D. Tim Allen

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quicklist: 8title: Answerstext: 1. C: "Opie the Birdman"

2. B: Howard Cunningham

3. A: "The Phil Silvers Show"

4. C: A horse

5. D: JJ Abrams

6. B: Freddie the Freeloader

7. C: Jason Bateman

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