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

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

Ron Howard broke the sad news to fans on Twitter, crediting his father for changing the family history with his passion for acting.

Rance was a TV and film actor with a career spanning decades, since his debut in 1956.

"Clint and I have been blessed to be Rance Howard's sons. Today he passed at 89", the 63-year-old wrote, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity, ' Ron tweeted. "We love & miss U Dad".

American actor and screenwriter Rance Howard died Saturday in the United States. His son Ron also cast him in many of his films, from Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind to Cinderella Man. Rance was married to Jean Speegle Howard, Ron and Clint's mother, until her death in 2000.

Rance was also a grandfather to actresses Bryce and Paige Howard.

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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.

Rance Howard passed away in Los Angeles, but no other details have been announced at this time.

Ron Howard (left) and his father Rance Howard (right) during the filming of "Gung Ho" in August 1985.

Earlier this month, Ron Howard praised his father's recent role in the movie Broken Memories, which he described as Rance's "role of his career to date". "His loss diminishes us".

Film director, producer, editor and actor, Joseph James Dante Jr., popularly known as Joe Dante, edited Ron's first feature film "Grand Theft Auto" in 1977. He was a fine man indeed was Rance Howard.

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