Friday, June 26, 2009

Hollywood producer Ron Howard visits Machu Picchu

Hollywood producer, director and actor Ron Howard arrived in Peru and visited Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, that has attracted many worldwide celebrities. Howard took the Hiram Bingham train at Ollantaytambo station as any other tourist, but some minutes later some passangers recognized him asking him to pose for some pictures with them. The 55-year-old famous director agreed and signed some autographs for his fans, reported Peru's newspaper El Comercio.

The American producer arrived in Machu Picchu around midday and started to visit the place accompanied with a local guide. The Hollywood director took notes and recorded everything the guide was saying.Howard is one of the most sought-after and highly regarded directors in the business. His films, including Splash, Cocoon and Apollo 13, have been some of the most memorable entertainment experiences of our era. He won the 2002 Best Director Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, which also won the 2002 Oscar as Best Picture. In the 1970s he became famous as Howard Cunningham's son and Arthur Fonzarelli's best friend, Richie Cunningham, on Happy Days (a role he played from 1974 to 1980).

Machu Picchu's popularity has rapidly risen sicne it was chosen one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Many celebrities such as The Police guitarist Andy Summers, have traveled to the Andean city of Cusco and visited the Inca citadel. The list of celebrities include Princess Beatrice, daughter of Prince Andrés and Sarah Ferguson, Olivia Newton John and Cameron Díaz. Multibillionaire Bill Gates also visited the Inca citadel and attended the Inti Raymi in Sacsayhuaman, and so did Hollywood actors Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson in December last year.

Source: Andina

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