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Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show: Ron Howard Resurrects Iconic TV Characters

Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Richie CunninghamThis year’s presidential election has certainly become very heated. As is usually the case, some celebrities have made a point of publicly supporting their personal choice for their Commander in Chief. One can assume they’re hoping to influence the votes of the public. Director Ron Howard has generally stayed away from the political fray — until now.

In an interesting video, Howard makes his case for why it’s so important to vote for Barack Obama. To do this, he joins with his former costars Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler and they resurrect their iconic TV characters — Opie and Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham and The Fonz from Happy Days.

Howard and Griffith haven’t played their roles since the Return to Mayberry reunion movie in 1986. Winkler and Howard haven’t played their Happy Days characters since the sitcom’s last episode in 1984.

The short is certainly a bit silly but must have taken a substantial amount of time, money, and effort to put together. For that alone, it’s hard to doubt Howard’s convictions. And, whether you agree or disagree with their politics, it’s certainly fun to see these actors play their iconic characters once again.

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BrainGun64 October 30, 2008 at 8:56 am

Ron, how do you feel about endorsing Senator McCain? What is your call to action
on Election Day?


rickmyers October 28, 2008 at 1:31 am

Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, and Andy Griffith should really keep their opinions to themselves. Who cares what they think about the upcoming elections, anymore than they would care what I think about them. All three of them are uneducated idiots that have just shot themselves in the foot.


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