Director Ron Howard is eager to make a return to acting after 28 years.

The A Beautiful Mind filmmaker started out as an actor in the late 1950s, and became a household name for his role as Richie Cunningham in 1970s Tv hit Happy Days.

He has focused on being behind the camera since 1986, with just a handful of cameos and voice work, but now admits he wants to take up performing once again.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he explains, "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?'.

"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."

Howard also reveals he has been offered high-profile roles by the Coen brothers and Martin Scorsese, but turned them down to focus on directing.