Ron Howard Grew Up on TV. Now He's Tackling the Science of Aging
He's executive producer of the National Geographic Channel's "Breakthrough" series, exploring scientific fields on the brink of discovery.
The world knows Ron Howard by different roles—as Opie from The Andy Griffith Show, as Richie Cunningham from Happy Days, and as the Oscar-winning director of films like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.
Now he's expanding his repertoire of documentary films, as executive producer of Breakthrough, a new National Geographic Channel series about scientific fields that are ripe for big discoveries. Six episodes will run on Sundays from this weekend through December 13, each on a different topic and each from a different high-profile director.
Angela Bassett explores a pending water apocalypse, Akiva Goldsman unpacks the future of energy, and Paul Giamatti probes biotechnology's attempts to build better humans.
Howard, 61, directs an episode on the evolving science of aging and