Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard Dies at 89

Rance Howard passes away at 89

"Clint and I have been blessed to be Rance Howard's sons".

He gave me a gr8 compliment when he told me my directing style was much like that of his son Ron Howard! He added, "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/ great personal integrity".

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After his death was announced, many Hollywood stars and directors took to social media to pay tribute to Rance Howard, including Russell Crowe, Leonard Maltin and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who described Rance as "charming, professional, funny, smart". "We love & miss U Dad". He would also appear in several movies with little Ronny Howard, including The Courtship of Eddie's Father (which marked the screen debut of Clint Howard), Village of the Giants and The Wild Country.

Rance would go on to work with his sons many times over the years in movies like Grand Theft Auto, Gung Ho, and Apollo 13, where he played a minister.

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"He's had a 65-year career where he has never broken out as a movie star, he's never made the money that people dream of, and yet he's carved out this incredibly unique and remarkable and lovely career of a character actor". We remember the life and career of Rance Howard below.

Rance Howard had been married to the late Jean Speegle Howard. They married on the tour dressed in their costumes, with the bride dressed as Snow White and the groom as a Huntsman. Other feature film appearances included Innerspace, Far and Away, Little Giants, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Independence Day, Sgt. Bilko, Small Soldiers, Joe Dirt, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Georgia Rule, Valentine's Day, The Lone Ranger and Nebraska.

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Howard's wife, Judy died earlier this year.

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