Ron Howard's Actor Father Rance Howard Is Dead at 89

Ron Howard's Actor Father Rance Howard Is Dead at 89

Rance Howard, father to Ron Howard and grandfather to Bryce Dallas Howard, has died at the age of 89.

You can see celebrity reaction to the death of Rance Howard below. "Today he passed at 89", the 63-year-old wrote, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. He talked of his father's "ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity" and wrote "his passion for acting changed the course of our family history". Today he passed at 89. "We love & miss U Dad".

Rance was born on November 17, 1928 in Duncan, OK and he got his start in acting at just 20 years old, when he landed a gig with a traveling theater company.

The proud son of Rance, Rob told The Hollywood Reporter on the premiere of Rance's movie Broken Memories that he is very proud of his father's performance in the film which the director called "the role of his career to date". He also appeared in Alexander Payne's directorial black & white comedy-drama film Nebraska. He appeared in Splash, Cocoon, Gung Ho, The Paper, Apollo 13, Parenthood, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons and more, most of which also featured his son Clint Howard as well.

Rance with his sons Ron and Clint in 1974.

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He moved to NY and was cast with son Ron Howard in "The Journey", the TCM archives said. Actors Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard are his granddaughters. They were married until her death in 2000.

Last January, his wife Judy Howard died.

"RIP Rance Howard! A legendary actor & a kind good hearted man whom I had the pleasure of directing once!" Russell Crowe, who starred alongside Rance Howard in A Beautiful Mind, had this to say.

Ron Howard, who as a child played Opie Taylor on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show", went on to become a director.

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