Roger Corman remembered by Ron Howard: ‘What a life’

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Roger Corman, who died on Saturday at the age of 98, was involved with many of the greats of the film world at the beginning of their careers. In Ron Howard’s case, he helped the young actor transition from child star to versatile director, landing his first directing job in 1977 with the action comedy “Grand Theft Auto.”

Howard noted that Corman was also known for giving women more opportunities than they typically had in the film industry at the time, including Penelope Spheeris and Gale Ann Hurd.

Howard paid tribute to Corman in a heartfelt message on Sunday morning, writing: “Roger not only mentored a few generations of high-profile filmmakers, but he also opened doors for many on the production side who struggled to find career paths in the industry. When I worked for Roger, he had far more women in positions of authority within his company and in various film departments than any other studio.

“For us as aspiring directors, he taught us how to find our creative voice and express ourselves within the framework of popular entertainment genres. The audience was always king and despite tight budgets, Roger pushed to deliver on each film’s promise to the audience. In the case of ‘Grand Theft Auto’, that meant more cars, more crazy characters and more bizarre crashes. But don’t think I haven’t learned lessons in shooting and post-production that I’ve leaned on throughout my career.

“When I last saw Roger, it was a tribute to his career at the Aero Theater last year, and it was a vivid reminder of the breadth of his work and impact on Hollywood. It was also incredibly satisfying to see Roger so sharp and bursting with energy. What a life.”

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Howard went on to win Best Picture and Best Director for 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind” and has directed dozens of high-profile films, including “Apollo 13,” “Cocoon,” “Backdraft,” “Parenthood,” “Splash” and more. .

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