Grand Theft Auto (1977)
Howard had found success as a child actor, playing a tyke on The Andy Griffith Show and a teen on Happy Days. But, naturally, what he really wanted to do was direct. Corman was the only person in Hollywood who would give him a shot, handing Howard the reins of this teenage car-crash romp.
Later, when a petulant Howard complained when Corman wouldn’t pay for more extras in a crowd scene, Corman walked up to him, patted him on the back, and said, “Ron, if you do a good job for me on this picture, you’ll never have to work for me again.”
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