Rance Howard, actor dad of director Ron Howard, dies at 89

Actor Rance Howard and director Ron Howard arrive at the premiere of “Cinderella Man”

Actor Rance Howard and director Ron Howard arrive at the premiere of “Cinderella Man”

Rance Howard appeared in several movies directed by his son Ron Howard including "Apollo 13", "A Beautiful Mind" and "Splash". Today he passed away at 89. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. "We love and miss you dad", he added.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to share the news of Rance Howard's death while also paying tribute to the late actor.

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He also appeared in numerous films Ron directed, including Angels & Demons, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13, and directorial debut Grand Theft Auto.

Like his son, Rance Howard began his career appearing in several classic television shows such as Combat!, The Fugitive, Night Gallery, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and even a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Eventually, Rance Howard would hit the big screen in a film called Frontier Woman, which also marked the acting debut of his son, then known as Ronny Howard. He had a regular role on "Gentle Ben", along with his younger son, Clint Howard. Without Howard's longtime work, we may never have gotten to witness the careers of Ron Howard, Clint Howard and his granddaughter Bryce Dallas Howard.

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Josh Gad, a close friends of the Howard family, took to social media on Saturday to express his sadness at Rance's passing. They were married until her death in 2000. He remarried to journalist Judy Howard, who passed away earlier this year. Russell Crowe, who starred alongside Rance Howard in A Beautiful Mind, had this to say. Fine man, fine actor. Many celebrities who had worked with him over the years shared their memories of the great actor and the general Twitter public offered their condolences. "Being in his company was always a pleasure".

"I've played doctors, judges, sheriffs - as a character actor, I've run the gamut", Rance Howard told the Oklahoman.

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