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Howard: I'll make time for acting

Ron Howard has revealed that he would like to return to being in front of the cameras.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is best known for playing teenager Richie Cunningham in 70s sitcom Happy Days, admitted he gave up acting so he could spend time with his wife Cheryl and their four children during a Tribeca Film Festival talk, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Now the kids are all grown - empty nest - and she (wife Cheryl) can't wait to get rid of me. (She said) 'Hey, you wanna act?'," he told the discussion's host Brian Williams.

The 60-year-old said he had been offered roles in films from the Coen brothers and Martin Scorsese in the past, which he had to turn down because he was busy with directing, but plans to take up their offer one day.

"Because I do move from film to film, I've never had the time to commit, but one of these days, I am going to make the time," he said.

Ron - who won the best director Oscar for A Beautiful Mind and has directed films such as Rush, Frost/Nixon and The Da Vinci Code - made his screen debut in 1959, before starring as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and has appeared in films like The Music Man and American Graffiti.

His last acting role was in 1986, when he reprised his role as Opie in the TV movie Return To Mayberry, although he has lent his vocal talents to Arrested Development (as a narrator), The Simpsons and Frasier.

Ron also admitted he got annoyed when he saw someone fast-forwarding through Rush on a plane.

"I thought, 'That son of a b**** is gonna claim he saw the movie.' So, yeah, I was having to hold myself back a bit," he said.

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