• American actress, author, and aerospace and chemical engineer
• Appeared in 16 movies and TV series, best known for her portrayal of Girl at Wedding in the 1983 romantic fantasy movie “Splash”
• Married to director, producer, and actor Ron Howard since 1975, with whom she has four children
• Has published three books and is an avid Instagram user
• Has a net worth estimated at over $1 million and her husband's is estimated at over $200 million
Cheryl Howard Wiki Bio
American actress Cheryl Gay Allen was born in Glendale, California USA on 23 December 1953, under the zodiac sign of Capricorn. She’s an actress and author, and has appeared in 16 movies and TV series, while she’s perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Girl at Wedding in the critically acclaimed 1983 romantic fantasy movie “Splash”, directed by her husband Ron Howard, and which starred Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and Eugene Levy. It follows a man who’s fallen in love with a mermaid; the movie won two of its 12 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
Education and early life
American aerospace and chemical engineer Charles Alley and his wife Vivian Schmidt raised their daughter Cheryl in Glendale, alongside her two sisters; Charles was also an astronomer and marksman, and died only around a month before he was to become the oldest competitive aerobatic pilot.
Charles accomplished many feats in his life, including jumping trains and climbing Mount Fuji during winter, and all this led Cheryl to become adventurous and falling in love with travelling. She was five when she began shooting at a gun range, but she also raised various wild animals at her family’s farm, which included monkeys and skunks, and she later flew planes.
Cheryl matriculated from Luther Burbank Middle School in 1972 and then enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, but eventually transferred to California State University at Northridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1976. Cheryl continued her studies at American Film Institute, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting in 1978.
Roles in movies
Cheryl’s debut film role was in the 1969 short western “Old Paint”, and the same year saw her star in the short drama “Deed of Daring-Do”.
Her following role came post-education in 1977, when cast to play Reporter in Brown Hat in the action crime drama “Grand Theft Auto”, written and directed by her husband Ron, who also starred in it, alongside Nancy Morgan and Elizabeth Rogers. It follows a girl who’s stolen her wealthy father’s Rolls Royce, and is now on her way to Las Vegas, Nevada to marry.
Cheryl then appeared in the 1980 drama “Skyward”, playing Girl Kissing Boyfriend in Front of Apartment in the 1982 comedy “Night Shift”, and Nelwyn Villager in the 1988 action adventure drama “Willow”.
In 1995, she portrayed Onlooker at Launch Site in the evergreen historical adventure drama “Apollo 13”, directed by her husband, and which starred Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton. It follows three astronauts onboard Apollo 13, whose spacecraft might not be able to bring them back to Earth alive; the movie won 30 of its 89 award nominations, including two Oscar wins for Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
A couple of Cheryl’s following roles were in the 1996 action crime thriller “Ransom”, the 1999 comedy drama “Edtv” and the 2001 biographical drama “A Beautiful Mind”, which won four Oscars and ranks amongst 150 best movies of all time.
In 2006, she played Person at Book-Signing Lecture in the critically acclaimed mystery thriller “The Da Vinci Code”, written by Dan Brown and directed by her husband, and which starred Tom Hanks, Jean Reno and Audrey Tautou. It follows an investigation of Da Vinci’s paintings, which has led to the discovery of a secret that could forever change Christian religion; the movie won eight of its 29 award nominations, despite some negative critiques, and religious protests.
Cheryl’s since appeared in only two movies: the 2009 action mystery thriller “Angels & Demons”, and the 2020 drama “Hillbilly Elegy”.
Roles in TV series
Cheryl has only a single TV series credit: she played herself in the 2018 episode “Emotional Baggage” of the hit comedy “Arrested Development”, which Mitchell Hurwitz created, and which starred Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. It follows a man who’s taken over his father’s job now that he’s been imprisoned; the series aired from 2003 to 2019, and won 67 of its 189 award nominations.
Cheryl worked as an assistant to producer on the 1980 drama movie “Skyward”, directed by her husband.
She was featured in a 1999 episode of the documentary series “Biography”, in which she spoke about her husband and his success in the film industry.
Cheryl’s made a guest appearance in the talk-shows “The View”, “Charlie Rose” and “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.
Cheryl’s published three books: “Heart & Desire” and “In the Face of Jinn: A Novel” in 2005, and “Grandma, Tell Me a Story: Children’s Devotional Stories from the Farm Cheryl Howard” in 2014.
Love life and marriage with Ron Howard
Cheryl and Ron met while they were still attending high school, and exchanged vows on 7 June 1975, in front of only a couple of people closest to them; they were both 21 at that time.
In 1981, Cheryl gave birth to their daughter Bryce Dallas, and their twins Paige and Jocelyn Carlyle followed in 1985; their only son Reed Cross was born in 1987. Bryce gave birth to her son Theodore Norman Howard-Gabel on 16 February 2007, thus making Cheryl and Ron grandparents. They are recognized as one of the longest lasting partnerships in show biz!
Bryce and Paige are today both successful actresses.
Cheryl hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s perhaps been with – she’s married to Ron Howard as of September 2022, and they have four children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Cheryl was physically highly active during her teenage years, and held the record for 220 yards dash while attending Luther Burbank Middle School.
She enjoys running her Instagram account, and has posted over 4,000 pictures and videos onto the network, while she’s currently followed by nearly 12,000 people.
Cheryl fascinated by art, and especially enjoys seeing graffiti and large architectural projects.
She loves to travel, and she spent some time in Central Asia in 1996 and 1997; this inspired her to write her book “In the Face of Jinn: A Novel”.
Cheryl’s favorite actors are Tom Hanks and Jean Reno, and her favorite movies are “Sleepless in Seattle”, “The Visitors” and “The Big Blue”.
Height, eyes and net worth
Cheryl’s age is 68. Her hair’s brown and eyes are blue, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and her weight is 139lbs (63kgs).
Cheryl’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million as of September 2022, and her husband Ron’s at more than $200 million.
Who is her husband Ron Howard?
American director, producer and actor Ronald William ‘Ron’ Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma USA on 1 March 1954, under the zodiac sign of Pisces. He began attracting attention when he was only two years old, having made his debut film appearance in the 1956 western “Frontier Woman”, while he’s since transitioned to directing and producing, and has won two Oscars, both in 2002, for Best Picture and Best Director for “A Beautiful Mind”.
American actress Jean Frances Speegle Howard and her husband American actor Rance Howard, raised their sons Ron and Clint Howard in Duncan; Clint’s today also an actor, and has appeared in more than 250 movies and TV series. Ron studied at Desilu Studios prior to moving to Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary; he progressed to David Star Junior High and then to John Burroughs High School, from which he matriculated in 1972. Ron then enrolled at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, but eventually quit.
Some of his most notable performances as a child actor were in the 1959 movie “The Journey”, the anthology series “The DuPont Show with June Allyson” in 1960, and several episodes of the comedy series “Dennis the Menace”. Between 1960 and 1968, Ron starred as Opie Taylor in the critically acclaimed family comedy series “The Andy Griffith Show”, which Aaron Ruben and Sheldon Leonard created, and which also starred Don Knotts and Andy Griffith. It follows the lives of Opie and his father Sheriff Andy Taylor, and the series won 20 of its 25 award nominations.
A couple of Ron’s following notable roles were in the 1962 musical movie “The Music Man”, the 1965 medical series “The Eleventh Hour” and the 1973 comedy movie “American Graffiti”. From 1974 to 1980, he appeared in his starring role as Richie Cunningham in the popular series “Happy Days”, co-starring Henry Winkler among others, while transitioning to directing.
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His directing debut was the 1977 action comedy film “Grand Theft Auto”, and Ron’s since become one of the best film directors in the world. His 1980 drama movie “Skyward” was directed for NBC, and he gained recognition two years later, with his 1982 comedy movie “Night Shift”; the ‘80s saw Ron direct several movies which went on to become hits, such as the 1984 romantic comedy “Splash”, the 1985 science fiction comedy “Cocoon” and the 1988 fantasy adventure “Willow”.
His 1992 western romantic adventure movie “Far and Away” starred Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, and was a box office success, while his 1995 movie “Apollo 13” earned $335 million in the box office, against its $52 million budget.
Ron’s following big success was his 2001 biographical movie “A Beautiful Mind”, which follows the life of the late American mathematician John Nash who spent most of his life struggling with paranoid schizophrenia; it starred Russell Crowe and won four of its eight Oscar nominations. A couple of Ron’s other critically acclaimed movies in the 2000s were the 2005 biographical sports drama “Cinderella Man”, which also starred Russell Crowe, the 2006 “The Da Vinci Code” and the 2008 historical drama “Frost/Nixon”.
His 2013 sports movie “Rush” follows the rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, and it received mostly positive reviews; Ron’s 2015 historical adventure movie “In the Heart of the Sea” was a failure, while his 2018 space western film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was a big success.
Ron’s currently working on his survival drama movie “Thirteen Lives”, set to be released on 18 November 2022.
Ron Howard’s won 43 of his 126 award nominations, which include his two of four Oscar wins, and two of 11 Primetime Emmy wins. He’s rated one of the most successful and popular directors in Hollywood.