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Ron Howard receives second star on Hollywood walk

HOLLYWOOD — Ron Howard received his second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Dec. 10, honoring a movie directing career that brought him an Oscar in 2002 for “A Beautiful Mind.”

Howard is the first person to receive an additional star since 1993 when Bob Hope received his fourth, according to Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. Howard received a star for his television acting career on Aug. 19, 1981.

Michael Keaton, who was directed by Howard in “Night Shift,” “Gung Ho” and “The Paper,” and Howard’s longtime producing partner Brian Grazer were among those joining Howard in speaking at the ceremony in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard.

Howard called it “pretty remarkable” that he received a second star.

“I wouldn’t be here today without everyone I mentioned and now, you know, I’m gonna have double the foot traffic — twice as many people treading on my good name,” he said. “But I think it’s a great thing and I’m proud of that.”

The ceremony unveiling the star came a day before the release of Howard’s latest film, “In the Heart of the Sea,” about the Essex disaster that inspired Herman Melville to write “Moby Dick.”

Howard began his directing career thanks to a deal he made with famed low-budget producer Roger Corman. Corman would produce “Grand Theft Auto,” which was released in 1977 and which Howard directed, in exchange for starring in “Eat My Dust,” which was released a year earlier.

Howard’s other best director Oscar nomination came in 2008 for “Frost/Nixon.”

Howard directed Tom Hanks in “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Splash” and “Angels & Demons.” Other memorable Howard-directed films include “Cocoon,” which brought Don Ameche a best supporting actor Oscar, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Backdraft” and “Parenthood.”

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