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

Posted November 27, 2017

Howard's career spanned over 60 years during which he worked in film and television. "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 [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity".

Adding: 'A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history.

"I've played doctors, judges, sheriffs - as a character actor, I've run the gamut", Rance Howard told the Oklahoman. 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. Besides Ron, he was also the father to actor Clint Howard. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this hard time. Jurassic World star Bryce penned an emotional post on Twitter following Rance's passing, and shared a heartbreaking poem about death by Henry Van Dyke called Gone From My Sight.

William Earl Brown, an American actor, writer, producer and musician, best known for his role as Dan Dority on the HBO series "Deadwood" remembered Howard and wrote "Rance showed me, by example, how to have a Life in show business".

He appeared in several of Ron Howard's films, including "Apollo 13", "A Beautiful Mind", "Splash", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "Parenthood" and "Grand Theft Auto".

"It was called Frontier Woman in 1956, filmed in MS, and about Daniel Boone's daughter, Polly", Rance Howard told the Oklahoman. Other movie credits include Chinatown and the 2013 drama Nebraska. He also took part in many TV shows such as Seinfeld, Bones, The X-Files, Grey's anatomy and alongside his son in Happy Days.