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

Rance Howard left with son Ron Howard and granddaughter Bryce Dallas Howard

Ron Howard announced his father's death on Twitter.

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. He added, "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/ great personal integrity".

At the same event, his famous granddaughter Bryce Dallas Howard said to THR, "He's had a 65-year career where he has never broken out as a movie star. We love and miss you Dad". Ron Howard shared that his father changed the course of the Howard family history when he started acting.

Russell Crowe, who starred in 2005's Cinderella Man alongside Rance, tweeted: "Hey @RealRonHoward my deepest condolences".




Earlier this month, Ron Howard praised his father's recent role in the movie Broken Memories, which he described as Rance's "role of his career to date".

Rance Howard had been married to the late Jean Speegle Howard.

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".

Rance appeared in several films directed by his son Ron Howard including A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Parenthood and Splash. Other movie credits include Chinatown and the 2013 drama Nebraska. They were married until her death in 2000. 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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