Rance Howard Dies: Actor And Father Of Director Ron Howard Was 89

Rance Howard Dies: Actor And Father Of Director Ron Howard Was 89

Rance Howard Dies: Actor And Father Of Director Ron Howard Was 89

According to Turner Classic Movies, Rance Howard began his acting career at a young age in a touring children's theater, which would gradually turn into an adult career that saw him touring with Henry Fonda in a production of Mister Roberts before becoming the director of a repertory company called The Hilltop Theatre. 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.

He appeared in numerous films directed by his son, including "A Beautiful Mind", "Splash", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Parenthood". Notable non-Howard-family projects ranged from 1967's Cool Hand Luke all the way to 2013's The Lone Ranger, with stops along the way for several Joe Dante films, as well as Ed Wood and Ghosts of Mississippi. He praised his father for the ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history.

The news of his death was shared by Ron on Twitter today. "We love & miss U Dad".

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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.

American actor and screenwriter Rance Howard died Saturday in the United States. "He's an example of that stick-to-it-ness and what that adds up to in a life". He also appeared in Alexander Payne's directorial film Nebraska.

Ron Howard announced his father's death on Twitter. On television, he appeared in many series including Seinfeld, Murder She Wrote, NCIS: Los Angeles, Grey's Anatomy, and Happy Days.

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