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

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

His son, movie director Ron Howard, tweeted to announce his death saying he was "blessed" to have been his son. 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. "We love and miss you Dad". His first significant feature film role, in 1956's Frontier Woman, was also the first role for his son Ron, who was a baby at the time.

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. Ron Howard also cast his father as a cardinal in Angels and Demons (2009).

Howard was married to actor Jean Speegle Howard, who died in 2000. Fine man, fine actor. 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.

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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 attractive career of a character actor".

"He has an undying love of the process, which has made him appreciate every day on a film or television set." he said of his father Rance. He is known for his movie roles in Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Grand Theft Auto and many more.

Rance Howard has a few upcoming projects that he had already completed, as well as some in post-production, and some in pre-production.

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