Actor Rance Howard has died today at the age of 89. The father of director Ron Howard appeared in many of his films including Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker took to Twitter to announce the news saying that he and his actor brother Clint were “blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons.” He added, “He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/ great personal integrity. We love & miss U Dad.”
Ron Howard kept many of his movies in the family. Like his brother, his father appeared in his classic films Splash, Cocoon, and Parenthood. He also had a role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as well as his son’s feature debut, Grand Theft Auto. Outside of the Howard-directed films, the Oklahoma native appeared in the Academy Award-winning Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and Alexander Payne’s critically acclaimed Nebraska. Rance Howard was last seen on the big screen in Broken Memories, which follows a story about a son struggling with his father’s Alzheimer’s.
On the TV side of things, he has appeared in Murder, She Wrote, Seinfeld, Bones, The X-Files,, Grey’s Anatamoy, and alongside his son in Happy Days. He also earned an Emmy nomination for the children’s program Through the Magic Pyramid.
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His wife Judy died earlier this year. He is survived by his sons as well as his grandchildren Bryce Dallas, Paige, Joceyln and Reed Cross.
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