MARS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

When he made the leap from TV actor – on the back of his star­ring role as Richie Cun­ning­ham in Happy Days – to film di­rec­tor in his mid20s, it was in search of that fa­mil­iar boy­hood feel­ing.

“I’ve al­ways used this job to fuel that orig­i­nal sense of ad­ven­ture I felt. Oth­er­wise I’m a pretty cau­tious per­son in life,” he says. “The shows and movies are what opens me up to the world in ways I’d be too timid to em­brace.”

Just as he fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s foot­steps, his daugh­ter Bryce is also a suc­cess­ful film and TV actor.

As well as a cap­ti­vat­ing screen pres­ence, she is fa­mous for a dis­tinct, high­pitched and boom­ing laugh.

“You know, she was so quiet as a baby. Re­ally quiet,” Howard laughs.

“One day – she was about 18 months old, I guess – I was on the other side of the house when I heard this shriek­ing noise. I thought, ‘What is that? Is some­one in here?’.

“I rushed over to see Bryce be­ing pulled around on a blan­ket by our puppy, a ter­rier named Frisky. She was rid­ing it like a sleigh, laugh­ing her head off.

“It was the first time I heard that big, beau­ti­ful laugh. She found her voice that day.” SUN­DAY, 7.30PM, NA­TIONAL GE­O­GRAPHIC

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